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Ardbeg to Glenmorangie Cycling Challenge
Challenge yourself with a 375km cycle from the Inner Hebrides to the North East Scottish coast. Spread over four days of riding, our journey will lead us along the famous Lochs of Scotland, through the Great Glen and passing Ben Nevis' great peak, showcasing the best of this glorious country by bike.
This four-day cycle spans the breadth of Scotland linking two key distilleries; Ardbeg and Glenmorangie. Rolling out from the Ardbeg Distillery in the South of the Isle of Islay, a short 37km cycle to the North of the Island makes for a short warm up on the first day to Port Askaig, where the Ferry will take us back to the mainland. From our overnight stay in Tarbert, we'll start our journey across the mainland, heading due North and along Loch Awe to spend our second night in Oban. The biggest hills are now under our belts, as we head North East along Loch Linnhe, through Fort William with the peak of Ben Nevis to our right, past Loch Lochy and on to our rest place for the night, Drumnadrochit. Nestled next to Loch Ness, watch out for the mythical monster as we cruise along the spectacular highlands roads. The final leg takes us through Inverness and over the Beauly Firth bridge and then the Cromarty bridge before reaching our destination of Tain, home to the Glenmorangie Distillery.
Day 1: Ardbeg Distillery - 50km
Prepare yourself for a scenic journey to our start line at the Ardbeg distillery, flying from London to Glasgow before hopping on the local aeroplane over to the Isle of Islay. A short coach trip will deliver you to the distillery where you'll be reunited with your bike or hire bike, and after a short break, saddle up to start our Scottish epic. 38km on Islay will take us to the North side of the island to catch the ferry back to the mainland, where we will reach our first night in Tarbert after a short 12km ride. Time for a refuelling dinner and good night's kip before starting the main part of our journey in the morning.
Day 2: Tarbert to Oban, 102km
Starting early after a hearty breakfast, we'll have the whole day to take in this glorious route. Heading North firstly along the sea loch and then past Loch Awe. We'll reach our peak elevation today but don't fear - 200m is nothing on an Alpine Col! It's downhill from here to our second night's stay in the lively seaside town of Oban, frequented by passengers of the Hebrides ferries and fishermen alike.
Day 3: Oban to Drumnadrochit, 152km
Today is our longest day in the saddle, but also promises to be one of the most spectacular. Crossing the sea Lochs Etive, Creran and Leven, we'll continue Northbound for Fort William. Next, we pass Great Britain's tallest mountain, the mighty Ben Nevis, as thankfully we only have to climb a fraction of its 1345 metre peak! Further along we'll sail by Loch Ness to roll into our home for the night in Drumndrochit. A very well earned dinner before bed and our final stage tomorrow.
Day 4: Drumnadrochit to Glenmorangie Distillery, 80km
It's a shorter day in the saddle for our grand finale to reach the Glenmorangie Distillery in good time, but we won't be compromising on the scenery today. Starting off along Loch Ness, we'll follow the River Ness into the historic city of Inverness. Over the Beauly Firth bridge and then the Cromarty bridge we go, before the final few kilometres to Tain, home of the Glenmorangie Distillery. Time to scrub up and enjoy your evening's entertainment here.
Day 5: Homeward bound
After a relaxed breakfast, we will check out of our hotels in Tain and transfer to Inverness to fly back to London. You may have tired legs now, but rest assured that this gorgeous country will leave you longing for more...
Will be in simple but comfortable hotels throughout the event (including breakfasts). The standard of accommodation may fluctuate throughout the trip, but is designed to be functional and to enable us to get a good night's sleep. You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable, subject to availability).
What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
It is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Experienced cycle leaders, full vehicle support and driver/mechanic, baggage transfer, 4 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast. Picnic or cafe lunches will be provided, along with evening meals each night, apart from the final night where we will be hosted in Glen Morangie.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to the airport at the start and end of the event.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure..
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as first aid kits, our on hand support vehicle, and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. You will be issued with detailed safety guidance for riding safely. It is our primary focus to ensure you arrive safely at your journey's end without any crashes or accidents!
We'll be hoping for mild warm and sunny weather, but remember this is the UK so be prepared for every eventuality... Be ready for hot and sunny conditions, protecting against the sun but also pack rain jackets and warmer clothes too, just in case!
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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