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Isle of Lindisfarne to Isle of Iona

dan_b78 19 Sep 15:55  

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Hi everyone,

Very new and inexperienced but have been thinking about making a trip from Lindisfarne to Iona. Aprox 250 miles.

Any advice would be really appreciated regarding known cycle routes in Scotland (or where to find them online) / I'd love to hear from anyone who has made this trip / advice on achievable distances and realistic itineraries.

I'm not really into stopping and staying or sightseeing, just the journey so am looking to accomplish it quite efficiently.

Not sure about how to plan rest days either. Is it best to keep up momentum or rest every few days? I am reasonably fit, and cycle regularly but only commuting the 5 miles to work and back and gentle weekend excursions (15-20 miles). So this would represent my biggest challenge by some distance! Not used to cycling long distances on back to back days.

Many thanks in advance for any pointers you can give me.

Dan =]

rustyspoke 19 Sep 19:26  

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Back to back riding is hard work but if you ride three days and rest one, but you will need to up your training for a ride like this.
Plenty of web sites jion CTC as well.
I would suggest building up till you can rideat at least 40 miles with only one stop.


dan_b78 20 Sep 08:31  

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Many thanks for that rustyspoke.

My first very rough plan was for 7 days averaging 40 miles, not including a rest day so perhaps I need to go back to the drawing board! And do some practice back to back 40s.

thanks again.

dan


dudley 21 Sep 07:41  

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bear in mind that 40 miles over a whole day is only between 6 and 7 mph over 6 hours riding

As it's about the journey, and not the sight seeing, if you are prepared to do three hours riding in the morning, and the same in the afternoon (allows for a very generous lunch stop and mid session breaks) then i think you will manage a comfortable 60 miles a day - given that this is averaging 10 mph.

It is the 75 / 80 / 100 mile days that get exponentially harder.

60 miles a day makes it a four day ride. Make it 5 by putting a rest day in the middle if it suits.
you could do earlier starts and a bigger morning session for a far more relaxed stress free afternoon.

Don't forget, whilst you aren't used to these distances, you have a base line of 10 miles a day every day, from your commuting. This is worth more than you think. You fit a full working day between those 10 miles.

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dan_b78 21 Sep 09:50  

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Many thanks for that Dudley. You made some good points I hadn't thought of.

Yesterday I did 15 miles (10 laps) in the park, And starting today I'm going to try to to do 5 laps in the morning then my communte then the same in the evening. So that would be 25miles a day. Hoping that will get me in shape.

Would you suggest riding without a backpack - using only paniers(spelling?).


dudley 21 Sep 14:24  

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depends how much you intend to carry, but panniers are by far the best way to carry any load.

even on the coldest days, you end up with a nasty sweaty back with a pack, and it puts load on your arms too.

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dan_b78 18 Oct 12:36  

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Hi again,

So my plans are coming together.

This is my basic route: http://tinyurl.com/6ebh7bd

I'll be following NCN routes 76, 754, 75 & 78

As I said this is my first touring trip so not sure the best way to navigate! Don't want to use a gadget. Do you think it would be worth buying the route maps or are they well enough signed? (Will being OS photocopies as backup).

Many thanks,

Dan

Also if you know this route, do you have any recommendations of places to stop for the night? (and towns to avoid!)


dudley 18 Oct 17:57  

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i don't think your Edinburgh to Glasgow phase will be much fun..
you could cut through the Borders (Coldstream, Galashiels, Biggar etc), well South of Edinburgh to get across the Country.

you could also island hop from Ardrossan to Brodick on Arran, then from Lochranza to Claionaig and then on up to Oban, thus skipping Glasgow too.

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PastorAlex 07 Nov 16:38  

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Dan_b78,

I'd really like to know if you made this trip. I'd actually like to do something very similar (although I'd like to go from Iona to Lindisfarne) in the summer of 2020. I feel comfortable with the cycling. However, since I'm coming from the US, I feel like I'll need to have the details for route and accommodations worked out thoroughly in advance. Especially if you made this journey, I'd love to know how it turned out. Or - for anyone else out there who can guide me to some appropriate planning resources - I'd love to get your advice.

Thanks,
PastorAlex