Day 12 - Troon to Ardgartan

Distance73.9 mi
Time6h05m
Average Speed12.1 mph
Ascent733 m
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Day 11 - Shawhead to Troon

Day 13 - Ardgartan to Benderloch

20090528

 

Comments

A highlight day. The A77 alongside the M77 is virtually deserted and has a segregated cycle track all the way to Newton Mearns which is wide and well surfaced. A long steady climb which you really barely notice before a hugely long descent into Glasgow, barely need to pedal for many miles. We just followed the road through Newton Mearns to Shawlands and the B768. We picked up NCN 7 signs and just followed the cycle path over the M8 and Bell Bridge. Very easy. We couldn't find the NCN onto the old railway line for a bit and when we did it was not overly pleasant. From Clydebank follow NCN signs along the Forth and Clyde canal path which is excellent. Just keep following the NCN to Dumbarton and the path alongside the River Leven which is also excellent. We picked up signs for the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path which starts alongside the A82 on a fairly narrow rough path, it's worth sticking with it though as it does several excursions on minor roads before Luss. After Luss (shops and refreshments) it uses the old road right next to the loch which is absolutely superb and a million times better than cycling on the A82, highly recommended. The A83 to Ardgartan was easy.

The campsite at Arrochar was closed for some reason and this is close to eating places. The Forest Holidays site a bit further on at Ardgartan had camping pitches on the bank of the loch. Facilities were excellent. Midges were a nuisance and no nearby eateries.

Supporting :

WaterAid Macmillan