CYCLING BRITAIN 2005, 2006, 2008

Land's End to John o' Groats and Thurso, then Margate to Land's End, April and May 2005
Thurso to Horley, May 2006, then Wales, September 2008

From April 28 to May 24, 2005, I cycled Britain from Horley near London/Gatwick airport west to Land's End. I then went west of the Pennines to John o'Groats and Thurso in Scotland - the usual "End to End" trip. I took a day-long ferry and bus tour of the Orkneys, then by train to Perth for two days and by train to Margate, Kent, in southeast England. Then I cycled back to Horley by way of Canterbury - I call this "Side to Side." I rode 20 days for 1500 miles (2400 km). The map shows my route (mauve) and places I stayed (orange).
  From May 6 to May 29, 2006, I cycled from Thurso around the north-west Highlands to Ullapool, by ferry to the Hebrides, around Lewis, down Harris to Tarbert, thence by ferry to Uig on Skye. I rode down Skye, across the Kyle of Lochalsh then south-east to Laggan, Fort William, Glencoe and Kippen. I went across the lowlands to Selkirk then east of the Pennines through England, skirting London to reach Horley. The 1000-mile (1600-km) route is in blue with overnight stops in green.

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ENGLAND
SCOTLAND
Canterbury
Redruth
Land's End
Horley
Margate
Okehampton
Taunton
Nailsworth
Kidderminster
Kendall
Lanark
Tomatin
Pitlochry
Stirling
Orkney Islands
Thurso
John o' Groats
Golspie
Gretna
Wigan
Market Drayton
Yeovil
Stockbridge
Tongue
Scourie
Broadford
Kippen
Inveroran
Carluke
Reigate
Pangbourne
Middleton Stoney
Northampton
Langar
Retford
York
Northallerton
Consett
Redesdale
Selkirk
Laggan
Uig
Breasclet
Stornoway
White House Hotel, Horley
Church at Petworth
Rape seed field
Wind-electric turbines on Bodmin Moor
Redruth from Hollies Hotel
St. Michael's Mount near Penzance
Land's End (believe me).
Okehampton from my B&B window
Cottage near Taunton
Castle north of Taunton
English sheep
Izzy of The Laurels
The Laurels B&B at Nailsworth
Roadside cafe in a layby
Tudor House hotel, Market Drayton
Farm buildings
River Kent at Kendall
Climbing to Kirkstone Pass between Windermere and Ullswater
Ullswater in the Lake District
Ultimate house in Scotland
Cartland Bridge Hotel near Lanark
Robert Bruce statue at Stirling Castle
High street of Pitlochry
You too would feel slochd if you'd just biked over Drumochter Pass
First sign for John o' Groats
Room in Blarmhor B&B
Castle on the coast near Wick
 
 
John o' Groats pictures
Orkney pictures
 
Hebrides pictures
 
Isle of Skye pictures
Ferry between John o' Groats and the Orkneys
Italian Chapel from World War II
Kirkwall church
Scapa Flow and island of Hoy
Skara Brea prehistoric site
Ring of Brogar
Ewe'll be welcome at John o' Groats
The top of British mainland
Highland cattle near John o' Groats
Caber Feidh ("antler of deer") B&B
Scone Palace near Perth
Highlands south of Thurso
White peacock at Scone Palace
Coast watch at Margate
Windmill in Kent
Standing stones at Callanish
Hebrides ferry berths at Ullapool
Tarbert Store is historical and may not be painted
Loch Roag near Breasclet and standing stones
Pedalling down to Harris
Cuillin Hills in central Skye
Skye, isle of mist
Uig harbor in northern Skye
Bay near Durness between Tongue and Scourie
Ben Hutig west of Tongue
It's a long ride around the Kyle of Eriboll
Loch Lochy south of Laggan
Glencoe south east of Fort William
Loch (lake) and ben (hill) on Rannoch Moor
Valley north of Kippen where the Lowlands begin
Selkirk town in the Borders region of Scotland
Langar Hall guest house
Tudor building in Melton Mowbray south of Langar
An Eleanor Cross in Northampton commemorates the wife of Edward I
Dales near Reigate south of London
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