James and Joe cycle LeJog

A 1146 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John o' Groats

Day 15 – Stevenston to Tarbert

A ferry crossing, a horrendous headwind and a massive hill. Probably the best day of our journey so far.

After a four mile ride to Ardrossan we caught the 9.45am ferry to Brodick, on the Isle of Arran. Our guide book had told us that, although a long climb, the ride over to the west of the island would be rewarded with brilliant views. We set off on the B880 ‘The String’, leaving the rest of the cyclists from the ferry to take the shorter and flatter A841 around the east edge. As we climbed, the rain grew heavier and the wind grew stronger. It was blasting over the hill right into our faces. At one point we were almost at a standstill.

Joe holds up a wind sock. It was windy.

Eventually we reached the top and began to pedal downhill. Yes, pedal downhill. The ride from Machrie around to Lochranza was brilliant as we had the wind behind us. We flew along the coastline looking over at the Mull of Kintyre as it faded in and out of the mist. The ride over and around Arran is something we’ll remember forever.

The ferry from Lochranza to Claonaig was choppy. So choppy that when we arrived we had to time our exit to coincide with when the end of the ramp was actually touching the shore, between when it was under a wave and when it was a foot in the air. One, two, three, go! It’s not easy to run in cycling shoes on a slippery metal ramp, but we just about kept our feet dry.

All that was left was to cycle along the quiet B8001 and onto the A83 to Tarbert. So a total of just 40 miles today.

Our B&B, The Moorings, in Tarbert is brilliant. Inside the house, shells, candles and ornaments cover every surface. A wondrous sight to be seen.


The garden at The Moorings. Equally as spectacular as the interior decor.

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