Neil and myself went a mini walk, to The Pots of Gartness is a series of rocky pools on the Endrick Water to the west of Killearn, near to Gartness.
This time 8 years ago, I would have been cycling between Glencoe and Killearn has part of the End to End cycle! A distance of 63.84 miles, but I will let you into a secret, we only cycled has far, as the Loch Lomond Youth Hostel (now closed). Then my Dad, give leave a lift with our bikes to Killearn. The part had been, the next day to get a left back to that location. But for reasons, I am sure most of you know. That never happened!
I would still rate this day, has one of favourites. Watch this video, I filmed some years later and I am sure, you will see why!!
Please do check out the route, we took at www.strava.com/activities/445506861.
Here is a list of some of my places in Scotland for St Andrew’s Day 2016!
First one the list has to be Killearn, since its the village I grow up in! I was so lucky to live in amazing place.
Next of course needs to be Glasgow!!
Next up is Ben Lomond! Been very lucky so climbed this Munros twice!
The Forth Bridge, no need to say why!
Glenfinnan Viaduct also seen in Harry Potter! 🙂
Also can’t have a list of best places in Scotland with out the Skye Bridge!!
Driving all the way from Castle Bytham in Lincolnshire, to Killearn in Scotland! A drive of just over 320 miles!
The route starts in Castle Bytham, then the A1, A66, M6, A74(M), some back roads, Glasgow and to Killearn in Scotland.
Here are some photos I took around Killearn today. Which is the village I grow up in. Hope you like the photos. Looking forward to reading your comments about them.
More photos from this set can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/gsvalentine/sets/72157635316705600/.
Since it’s not all at all, till I set off to Scotland. I have been washing my car all set for the long 320 mile drive up to Killearn to spend Christmas and New Year with my family. Of course when it gets to Sunday, I bet it will look like I have not even washed my car. Oh well.
The map to the right, shows the 320 mile route I take from Little Bytham to Killearn. It’s not a bad route. Lucky since I first started to do this journey lots of the route has been upgraded. Even in just the last 2 or 3 years, they have added another 20 miles of motorway. Which does really speed up the journey time.
People often ask why I don’t get the train up. Well it just costs way to much. I also have to get a lift at each end to and from the train stations. Adding around 1 hour to start and end of the journey. Also if I take the train once up in Scotland I have no way to get around. Other than the bus. No way I am paying £10 return just to get to and from Glasgow.
I am up. I like going into Glasgow and lots of other places you just can’t get the bus to. Also I like to be to do what I want, when I want. Not have to wait hours for a bus to turn up!
I am so happy! This time I made it all the way from Killearn to Inversnaid. If you have been following this website for a good while. You may remember that way back in October 2011, I did try to do this cycle. But due to running out day light, I only made it to Loch Arklet then had to turn back. So this time, I made sure I set off at the better time. Also it helped since, I did it during summer. So had many more hours of day light to play with!
After doing this cycle, it’s going to make cycling around Lincolnshire, look very boring indeed! It may not the very good from the route map below. If you check it out on google street view, you will see why I loved doing it to much!
I will now leave you with the route map, elevation graph, route statistics and photos.
The dark blue section of the route, shows new roads I covered during the cycle.
- Distance: 59.19 miles.
- Time: 4:37:35 (h:m:s).
- Avg Speed: 12.8 mph.
- Max Speed: 30.3 mph.
- Elevation Gain: 1,287 meters.
- Min Elevation: 13 meters.
- Max Elevation: 197 meters.
Data from: Garmin Connect.
Photos from the cycle:-
Since it’s snowing in more parts of the UK. It’s a good good time to look back at some snow photos :).
More photos like this can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/search/tags/snow.