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Re: Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 11:52am
Thanks for the advice guys. I'm fairly keen to avoid ferries, and happy to do extra miles to avoid the busiest roads.

This route I've created looks better I think http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/828351491/ Includes crossing to Corran.

Re: Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 11:47am
That's fine as the A82 route, the only thing I'd recommend is you try and do the Tyndrum to Glencoe section early morning or evening when it might be a bit less busy. You could also cross on the Corran ferry (Check times) and use the A861 rather than going through Fort William.

Re: Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 11:39am
If you're going to do the A82 Loch Lomondside from Tarbet nothwards, you might as well save some miles and do the whole of L Lomond on A82. The bit S of Tarbet has fast, heavy traffic, but it is wide with generally good sight lines. North of Tarbet the traffic is almost as heavy but the road is narrow and winding and you are likely to get stupid overtakes from frustrated drivers (I've never cycled this bit - and I have no intention of doing so.)

Unfortunately, pleasanter alternatives are going to be significantly longer. Possibilities are via Arran as already mentioned; or Gouock, ferry to Hunter's Quay, make your way N by convoluted route to Oban and beyond; or further eastwards via Callander to Crianlarich.

Re: Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 11:19am
Thanks, public now

Re: Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 11:07am
brendography wrote:Possible route - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/828138085 Any amendments to make it a little nicer?

Not public

Re: Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 11:04am
Possible route - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/828138085 Any amendments to make it a little nicer?

Re: Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 11:02am
That's quite a tough couple of days whichever way you go. The best part of 200miles I would say.

The usual way to avoid the A82 is to head for Ardrossanand and take the ferry to Arran. From there cross to Kintyre and head towards Oban.

From Oban there are several options. You could cross to Mull and onward to Malaig using either the Fishnish ferry to Lochaline or the Tobermory ferry to Kilchoan. Alternatively continue on towards Fort William and take the ferry at the Corran Narrows and onwards to Malaig.

Re: Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 10:32am
The A82 is used by a lot of cyclists and everyone else, it's incredibly scenic and can be extremely busy with very few passing places. I'm glad to have ridden it, but can't see me doing so again.
I'd choose to go via Mull, and use this website to plan the route;

Re: Bought the bike!

22 August 2015 - 7:28am
Best of luck and think of the US in your future touring plans. There's a lot of good stuff over here and it's surprisingly easy to get here. I find British Airways from LHR takes some beating (cheaper airlines tend to be a pain about the bike). Check out the Adventure Cycling Association website.

Re: Anyone use a prepaid currency card?

22 August 2015 - 6:59am
I've been working for a year in a European project and juggling GBP, EUR, NOK, USD and others, and Caxton FX MasterCard is brilliant. You can top up in an instant using the app, and switch to and from any currency (including GBP) easily and instantly at very low cost. Somehow the card always knows what currency to use, wherever you are. Fantastic.

Cycling Glasgow to Isle of Skye

22 August 2015 - 1:41am
Hey gang,

Planning to cycle this way over two days next week and I was wondering if anyone has any route suggestions? I'll be using a garmin, so navigation not a problem, but I do understand the big roads are often the only roads in the highlands. Happy to be proved wrong on this. The A82 not great fun, right? Any other options?


Re: Anyone use a prepaid currency card?

21 August 2015 - 8:59pm
I use Caxton fx Euro card and have done so in several European countries.
It has worked very well.
One of the earlier posters mentioned that on changing from Visa to MasterCard they have dropped the facility to check your balance and to load the card by text message. At the moment you have to use their App.
That doesn't suit me because I have a basic mobile phone.

Caxton have told me that they are working on restoring the text facility soon.

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

21 August 2015 - 7:22pm
This is our provisional itinerary
Not cast in stone, so ideas are very welcome
We do have a minibus to provide back up so we won't be cycling every inch!
Day1 Vimy to Thiepval, taking in Gommecourt. It has also been suggested we take in Mametz. Then on to Cambrai. We think that is about 70 miles.
Day 2 ride the 70k Paris Roubaix sportive route. Depending how we feel, have a rest or an evening low level ride around Ypres. Possibly Passchendale or Poperinge.
Day 3. Ypres to the Monts de Flanders. Possibly Mont des Cats to Hazebrouck, the head towards Channel.
It has been suggested that we stay the last night in De Panne, so any input gratefully received
Then we have to get back as the younger riders are riding from Great Yarmouth to Aberdovey the following week. Good luck lads, I'll have a pint with you in the yacht club!

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

21 August 2015 - 4:51pm

Even at Manchester the oversize x ray machine is too small for my Thorn RT to fit through in a CTC bag. Someone turns up to swab it with a special swabbing device instead.

Re: Lyon St Exupery airport

21 August 2015 - 2:04pm
I've ridden to there from the SE (Grenoble) and don't remember it being too bad.

I've just used the link below to plot a route from the airport to Diemoz (about 20 km South) and other than about 300m on the D29 at the airport entrance the route all looked like minor roads.


Re: Lyon St Exupery airport

21 August 2015 - 1:24pm
It's been a while but I seem to remember that there is a small road which leads from the rear of the Airport and takes you to other minor roads.

Yes, the D29 would appear to get you out of there and on to the road network.


This may help even more.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@45.72694 ... a=!3m1!1e3

Lyon St Exupery airport

21 August 2015 - 1:09pm
Anyone been through this airport with a bike, wondering what the access roads are like, mainly to/from the south of the airport?
Is the main road a 'motorway' or can you cycle on it for the couple of miles to get to minor roads?

Re: Anyone use a prepaid currency card?

21 August 2015 - 11:06am
Re Caxton FX - you don't get a statement as such, but you can see all your recent transactions on the app. I did have one issue when I was deducted twice for a withdrawal, but it was soon credited back again. Also a couple of times my account was 'frozen' and i had to email them to 'unfreeze' it. Bit of a nuisance but no big deal. I was getting up to 1.40E to a pound, so great rates.

Re: Anyone use a prepaid currency card?

21 August 2015 - 9:28am
I use Caxton fx, and have never had any problems. They've recently changed their set-up: cards are now Mastercard rather than Visa, and rather than having separate cards for each currency, you have one card on which you can store multiple currencies (so, e.g., load it up with 100 euro, and 300 US dollars, and 300 Canadian dollars, etc). As part of the change, the option to load cards by text message has been discontinued (which is a bit of a shame, I think); instead, there's a phone app (from which you can check the balance; top-up; move money between different currencies; etc): that works well, but requires a data/wifi connection, which isn't always available when you're on the move. In spite of that, I'd still recommend it overall: it's v. reliable, and the service is good.

Re: Anyone use a prepaid currency card?

21 August 2015 - 9:21am
We used the Thomas Cook one last time we went over to America. It worked ok, as it was visa it got accepted anywhere the credit card would have. Had some problems with petrol stations where you pay at pump, otherwise great.


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