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Three Ferries Cycle Route

Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Wemyss Bay Train Station
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameThree Ferries
Distance : miles (km)44.1  (70.97)
Posted ByMurray Barnes
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Cycle Route Location
Town/CityWemyss Bay Train Station
County/RegionArgyll and Bute
Start LocationWemyss Bay Train Station
End LocationWemyss Bay Train Station
Cycle Steps
Take the ferry across to Rothesay, then cycle across the Island of Bute, to take another ferry back across to the mainland. Cycle to Dunoon, and take a ferry back to Gourock, then round the coast to Wemyss Bay. Yet to cycle this route, but I imagine the scenery will be spectacular. Check out Calmac and Western Ferries for ferry times and fares. Calmac operate the routes to Bute, and Western Ferries operate the route from Dunoon to Gourock. Though Calmac also have a Dunoon to Gourock route, it would involve extra cycling, and they charge for taking bikes.
Your comments?
posted by:Murray BarnesRating : difficult :
Ok, finally got a chance to do this route. Couple of real killer hills when coming up to Loch Striven, one before and one after, on the Cowal peninsula, but they're a lot of fun on the way down. We actually missed our train to Wemyss Bay, so instead started and finished at Gourock. This worked out well, because we got to do the fun coastal path from Gourock to Wemyss Bay when we had plenty of energy to enjoy it.

I would thoroughly reccomend this route.

posted by:mitch58Rating : difficult :
This a fantastic route that i have done a few times now.I personally prefer to start at Gourock but whatever enjoy.

posted by:ianRating : difficult :
This is a great route and a great day out.

I started at Gourock and went down to Wemyss Bay via the costal path at Lunderson Bay. Got the ferry over to Rothesay. From there I headed south to Kingarth before heading back up to Colintraive, effectively going round the island.
This is more of a challenge as it adds another 14 miles on to the trip taking it up to just under 60 miles in total.
The two long hills between Colintraive and Dunoon are tough especially as you will have done approx. 40 miles prior to having to tackle them.
If you buy the hopscotch ferry ticket at Wemyss Bay this is great value as it gets you the three ferry trips for only £7.70.

posted by:stuiyRating : difficult :
This is a great day out, I started at Gourock and cycled down to Wemyss bay. Buy a Calmac hopscotch ticket £6.75 in winter. Rothesay to Ruhbohda is approx 8 miles with only one slight uphill. Ferry over to Colintraive takes 2 min. From Colintraive its a mile or so uphill but worth it at the top,then take in the views as you freewheel for good while. Next is a junction B836 that will say Dunoon 15 miles, take this, its ups and downs for about 30 mins but then its a really steep downhill to Loch Striven. Round the Loch and its climbing up the other side. I found this quite tough as I'd ran out of energy but once you get to Loch Tarsan dam you've cracked it. The ride from here to Sandbank is what made all the hard work from striven worth it.

posted by:supergunnRating : difficult :
Wanted to do this run for ages and finally got the chance last Friday 26/08/2011 with my mate Frankie.

I would suggest that you get a few 20 mile runs in before attempting this because there are as Murray stated a few killer hills and they are hard.

I used a hybrid and Frankie used his mountain bike.

The hybrid faired better due to the larger wheels and skinnier tyres.
It's not mountain bike terrain.

The scenery is quite breathtaking and the downhills are great.
As Stuly suggested once you get to the Tarsan dam you have done all the hard work and it's almost downhill to Dunoon all the way.

When we got to the Tarsan dam we stopped for a rest.
There was an old guy sitting in a camper van who had been fishing and he gave us a cup of tea.

It turns out he was born and brought up in the same street as Frankie and they both got talking and knew a lot of people from the area.

He knew Frankie's ( now deceased )parents and Frankie knew his boys.
Small world indeed.

We hit the worst rain I have ever encountered with about 5 miles to go to Dunoon so we stopped off at a hotel near the ferry to have a meal and dry off.

We never got the chance to do the Gourock to Wemyss bay part because Frankie's rear hub was binding and the rain had still not let up so we took the train from Gourock back to the Central.

The whole ride was approx 35 miles and approx £20 each for fares and dinner.
It was a fantastic day out and we will do it again.

Just remember that you can't spin round the park a few times and then attempt this.

Get a good few runs in first.

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