5 Ferries Cycle Tour 2017 Monday 12th June. Res Wed 14th June

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Malcolm Hector

Malcolm Hector

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5 Ferries 2017. Provisional  Monday 12th June (Reserve Wednesday June 14th) 

2017 Summer Timetable Valid until October 22nd  -Monday-Saturday
Park for free in Layby 3 miles south of Wemyss Bay or in main Largs Seafront Car Park opposite Nardinis: charges were £3 per day in 2015 (unlikely to be less)
Cycle 1 Largs (Nardinis seafront Café) –Ardrossan Ferry…06:45 SHARP; 13 miles :Time available 1h 25m (incl ticket purchase)
Ferry 1 Ardrossan –Brodick 08:20-09:15. (Back-up ferry 0945 ) Breakfast on board
Cycle 2 Brodick-Lochranza +  South 42m (hilly first half): tough ride to  Ferry if North West wind above Force 4 blowing.  String Road 29m (steep climb after turn off) ; North road14 miles  suitable for would be mackerelteers or distillerators!: Time available 4 hours incl Sandwich/Coffee break at the Sandwich Shack opposite the Ferry. Good  well-priced sandwiches made to order. Limited shelter.  Toilet Block 50 m away  PS (there is  a café at Tormore Golf Club 12 miles from Lochranza)

Ferry 2 Lochranza-Claonaig 13:15-13:45 . (Back-up ferry 14.30 )
Cycle 3 Cloanaig-Tarbet + Lunch 12 miles ( long initial climb) Time available 1h 30m
Limited lunch time but The Galley Café right along Harbour Street 1 min ride from the Tarbert-Portavadie  Ferry does excellent Sandwich/cake/coffee rapidly served; they are used to cyclists on tight ferry schedules. Can even ring orders ahead 01880 820090 
Ferry 3 Tarbert-Portavadie 15:15-15:40 . (Back-up ferry 16:15 )
Cycle 4 Portavadie-Colintravie 19 miles (2 big climbs with spectacular views down the Kyles of Bute) Time available 1h 50m (time for quick photo-stop at Climb 1 summit viewpoint)
Ferry 4 Colintravie-Rhudodach   17.30-17.40 (Back-up ferries; 17:50,18:10)
Cycle 5 Rhudodach- Rothesay 7 miles Time available 35 minutes Flat and fast!
Ferry 5 Rothesay-Wemyss Bay 18:15-18:50  (usually late!) . (Back-up ferry 19:00- LAST ferry! )
Cycle 6 Wemyss Bay- Largs  (Nardinis seafront Café) 5 miles Finish approx 19:20

Tickets. At Ardrossan Ferry Ticket Office: you need to buy the following;

Hopscotch 4 and 5: covers all 5 Ferries and costs £13.30 Bikes go free)
 Ardrossan-Brodick  (Hopscotch 5)
Lochranza-Claonaig  (Hopscotch 5)
Tarbet-Portavadie (Hopscotch 4)
 Colintravie-Rhudodach  (Hopscotch 4)
Rothesay-Wemyss Bay (Hopscotch 4)

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