Tag: Killearn

Glencoe to Killearn 8 years on

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.

Favourite places in Scotland for St Andrew’s Day 2016

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.

Killearn and Loch Lomond from Campsie Fells

Next of course needs to be Glasgow!!

Clyde Arc and Finnieston Crane

Next up is Ben Lomond! Been very lucky so climbed this Munros twice!

 Ben Lomond

The Forth Bridge, no need to say why!

 Forth Bridge

Glenfinnan Viaduct also seen in Harry Potter! 🙂

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Also can’t have a list of best places in Scotland with out the Skye Bridge!!

Skye Bridge

Driving : Castle Bytham to Killearn filmed in real-time

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.

Some photos from around Killearn

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.

Killearn Village Hall
Old Parish Church in Killearn
Killearn Village Hall
Welcome to Killearn sign

More photos from this set can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/gsvalentine/sets/72157635316705600/.

Getting ready for going to Scotland!

Little Bytham to Killearn map
The route from Little Bytham to Killearn

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!

05-Jun-2013 : Killearn to Inversnaid

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.

Route map:-

05-06-2013 bike ride

The dark blue section of the route, shows new roads I covered during the cycle.

Elevation graph:

05-06-2013 bike ride elevation graph

Route statistics:-

  • 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:-

NCR 7 route to GartmoreQueen Elizabeth Forest ParkLoch ArkletBridge to Rob Roy's Viewpointdsc03101

05-Jun-2013 : Killearn to Inversnaid cycle photos

Here are some photos from the one and only cycle. I had time to do, during my mini break in Scotland. I cycled all the way from Killearn to Inversnaid. A round trip of 59 miles! I will post the route and cycle statistics soon…

NCR 7 route to GartmoreQueen Elizabeth Forest Park

Loch Arklet

Bridge to Rob Roy's Viewpoint

Here are some cycling and wetsuit snow photos

Since it’s snowing in more parts of the UK. It’s a good good time to look back at some snow photos :).

Snowing in Killearn

Orca speedsuit. in the snow

O'Neill, 5/4 Mutant wetsuit in the snow

Cycling in the snow

More photos like this can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/search/tags/snow.

Killearn area cycle map (updated 18/05/2012)

Just posted an updated map of all the places, I have cycled to from Killearn.

Data from: 01/01/2010 to 15/05/2012. The dark blue lines are the extra routes, since last updating this map.