New Tour for 2018
Dates, Monday 10 through to Friday 14 September
Page updated 4 and 5 August (green).
Page updated 7 June (blue).
Note, this is a four night, five day tour with provision for full vehicle support during the entire tour.
The proposed itinerary for this tour is…
Monday, an early morning departure to catch the train to Glasgow, where we meet the bikes and cycle to Gourock (McInroy’s Point) to catch the ferry (Western Ferries) to Dunoon (Hunters Quay). Spend the night in Dunoon.
The cycle route to catch the ferry at McInroy’s Point (Gourock) follows NCR75, the distance is 30 miles and is estimated will take under 3 hours to complete (this estimate excludes any breaks).
Meet at Newcastle Central Station at 07:15, distribute rail tickets, grab an early morning coffee, train departure time is 07:43.
Monday starts early for us all, you will need to bring along a snack to eat on the train before we arrive at Glasgow Queen Street Station. There is a 25 minute walk from the station to the bike collection point. Toilets are available at Queens Street Station (charge applies) and also in the retail park where the bikes are located. I will arrange to collect your bulky luggage during the weekend prior to departure, a day back pack or pannier bag will be required when you are cycling.
Tuesday, leave Dunoon and cycle to Colintraive to catch the ferry (CalMac) to Rhubodach, then cycle to Rothesay. Stay in Rothesay for three nights.
The route from Dunoon to the Bute ferry, at Colintrave, is a distance of 20 miles and is estimated to take just over 2 hours to complete.
Note, if packing space is at a premium, a towel can be hired for the duration of your stay.
Wednesday, explore Isle of Bute.
Perhaps a trip to the cafe at Ettrick Bay, located on the west coast of Bute.
Thursday, another day to explore Isle of Bute.
Maybe a visit to Kilchattan Bay, the southern tip of Bute.
Friday, catch the ferry (CalMac) back to Gourock to take the local train to Glasgow, spend time in Glasgow before catching the intercity train back to Newcastle.
The plan will be to, take a ferry to Wemyss Bay, the train to Glasgow departs Wemyss Bay at 13:57. Arrive in Glasgow at 14:44, allowing 90 minutes to explore the city before catching the train to Edinburgh and then hopping on one to Newcastle. Train departs Glasgow Queen Street at 17:15 arriving in Edinburgh at 18:07, departs Edinburgh at 18:30 and arrives in Newcastle at 20:15.
Isle of Bute Links
Here are various links to the official ‘Bute Holidays’ website.