Please note: this is road bike only ride with some challenging climbs on sometimes busy country roads so NOT suitable for those new to cycling.
Meet fellow ride leader Pauline at Central Station - you will find her under the big clock! (I will join you at Paisley Gilmore Street). We will get the train to Wemyss Bay and the first ferry of the day to Rothesay. From there we travel up to Rhubolach and get number 2 ferry to Colintraive. From Colintraive its a mile or so climbing but all worth it for the amazing views! Next is a junction B836 and more climbing and steep downhill to Loch Striven. Round the Loch and its climbing up the other side. We will follow the road to Loch Tarsan dam and from there to Sandbank and finally Dunoon where we get the ferry to Gourock. We will get the train back from there.
The ride is around 35 miles in total BUT there are some very challenging hills and ferry deadlines so keeping an average speed of around 12 miles p/h is must. Road bikes only please! This is also not a ride to do if you haven't been cycling much lately or if you have few miles in the legs. You will need to take your own mini maintenance kit - including spare tubes etc. Lunch (although we will build in cafe stops, pack lots of food to keep you going!) and lots of water.
I will check the train/ferry times and update this post in mid May with more details.
If you are not sure about coming due to the hills and mileage, message me first....as I have already said, we will be under pressure to get ferries and there are very few exit points on the route if you find you can't make the distance.
As with all other rides, it is best enjoyed on a good clear day so I may postone if the weather is looking rubbish.
You can read about the route here: http://www.cycle-route.com/routes/Three_Ferries-Cycle-Route-143.html#Hrm6EJu7megRlS3j.99