Thursday, 21 May 2009

Day 5 - Inchree to Loch Lomond

An epic day today. It was raining as we set off and we had a wet ride through North Ballaculish and over the bridge to Glencoe. It stopped raining at Glencoe village and we had a lovely ride with a tailwind up Glencoe, a 9 mile climb, but not steep. We stopped several times to take photos on the way up. It started raining again near the top and it was pretty grim over Rannoch Moor. We had now turned into the wind and it was very exposed over the top. We passed the summit (1142 feet) and were expecting a long descent down to Tyndrum, but the road was still up and down and we had a 3 mile climb to reach Tyndrum itself. We stopped at the Green Welly cafe, which was a bit pricey and had a shop full of tourist tat.

We hit the real downhill now, descending quickly to Crianlarich and then down to Ardlui on the shores of Loch Lomond. It was still raining on and off and we were riding into the wind, but the traffic wasn't too bad. I had been warned about the traffic on the A82 over Rannoch Moor, but we didn't find it to be a problem. Perhaps it's busier on a sunny day in mid-summer. We continued to Tarbert and to our B&B at Inverbeg, up a little side road to Glen Douglas. We had a nice, big room, with a wonderful view across the Loch.

Dinner at the Inverbeg Inn was a bit pricey and the portions weren't that big. Managed to sample 2 more real ales - Highlander and Killellen. Back to the B&B to watch "The Apprentice", then off to bed.

Another 65 miles today
Total now 325 miles.
B&B - The Corries

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