Dover to Cape Wrath Itinerary

The day before the tour starts we will meet for an evening meal at Dover. This day is designed to give you chance to get to the start point in preparation to start cycling on Saturday. At the end of the tour we finish cycling on Thursday and transfer to Inverness where we will spend the last evening.

Tour dates available:

Fri 20th June - Sat 5th July 2014 - Places available

Fri 8th - Sat 23rd August 2014 - Places available

Dover to Brentwood

83 miles

We will leave the English Channel and the white cliffs behind and begin our journey north. Keeping away from main roads for the most part we will pass through Canterbury and Sittingbourne and the Medway towns of Gillingham, Chatham and Rochester before crossing the River Thames at Gravesend. We will spend our first night on the road at Brentwood in the county of Essex.

Brentwood to St. Ives

76 miles

More quiet country lanes take us further north through a number of typically English little villages and the pretty Essex countryside. We will continue to the University town of Cambridge where our route takes us alongside the traffic free Cambridgeshire Guided Busway to our next nights stop at St. Ives.

St. Ives to Lincoln

89 miles
Lincolnshire

A long but pancake flat day takes us over the Bedford Level to Whittlesea where the flat land continues all the way to Lincoln. Longer mileages in the early stages will reap rewards when we get further north where the terrain is hillier.

Lincoln to York

79 miles
York Races

Leaving historic Lincoln behind we continue along quiet lanes along more flat terrain and the cycling is easy. We will spend the night in another Cathedral city at York where we stay close to the city centre with a chance to see York Minster.

York to Barnard Castle

74 miles
Ian & Sally

The route is flat and easy as we take the cycle path along the river away from York and then pass through a number of hamlets and small villages such Tollerton And Easingwold and contender for the best hedge of the trip award at Newburgh Prioy! Skirting the edge of the North York Moors a scenic Sustrans route takes us through Northallerton and onto Barnard Castle.

Barnard Castle to Carlisle

62 miles

We cycle through some truly spectacular scenery as we pass through peaceful Teesdale and cross the Northern Pennines. A long gradual climb followed by a long gradual decent dominates the early part of the day as we cycle to Alston which makes a good place for a brew. The scenery is stunning once again as we skirt the Lake District and finish the day in the historic Cumbrian town of Carlisle.

Carlisle to Sanquhar

61 miles
Lunch time

Today we cross the Scottish border as we pass through Gretna, Annan and onto Dumfries and Sanquhar. A flat start takes us to Annan and along the scenic coastal road overlooking the Solway Firth. We will ride by the River Nith into Dumfries where we start to see the hills again cycling past Drunlanrig Castle and onto Sanquhar.

Sanquhar - Brodick (Arran)

50 miles
Brodick (Isle of Arran)

An nice easy day today to allow a bit of a rest and the chance to get an earlier ferry to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. From here we begin the most scenic and exciting section of the trip as we continue northwards along the West coast of Scotland.

Brodick (Arran) to Craignure (Mull)

78 miles
Lochranza Castle

A superb coastal road takes us northwards to Sannox Bay before cutting inland to the north coast of Arran where we will catch the ferry over to Kintyre. A superb day with fantastic scenery takes us along Kintyre often hugging the coastline up to Oban where we will take the ferry to the Isle of Mull.

Craignure (Mull) to Mallaig

73 miles
Mull

A short cycle followed by an early ferry across the Sound of Mull takes us back onto the mainland. Here we cycle amongst some of the most spectacular scenery that our country has to offer, lets just hope the weather is on our side! We spend the night in the small coastal town of Mallaig, ready to catch the ferry in the morning.

Mallaig - Kinlochewe

75 miles
Skye Bridge

Another spectacular day takes us across the Isle of Skye to cross the impressive Skye Bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh and back to the mainland. Loch Alsh, Loch Carron, Loch Torridon and the Glensheildaig Forest are place names that feature along this tough yet rewarding route.

Kinlochewe - Ullapool

75 miles
The road to Mallaig

Inching ever closer we continue past the impressive mountains around Beinn Eighe and Kinlochewe. Cycling by the banks of Loch Maree we pass Loch Gairloch and Loch Ewe and pass the Isle of Ewe and also Gruinard Island before passing the Falls of Measach and onto the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool.

Ullapool to Durness

68 miles

This will be our last full day in the saddle as we position ourselves at Durness ready for the final stretch to our destination at Cape Wrath. Yet more stunning scenery awaits around every turn as we inch closer to our destination. Durness is a small village situated a stones throw away from the last section over the Kyle of Durness towards Cape Wrath.

Durness to Cape Wrath (and back)

24 miles
The Cape Wrath Lighthouse

Getting to Cape Wrath is a logistical nightmare but it is worth the extra effort to get to the most north westerly point of mainland UK. Firstly we need to take a small boat over to the road that takes us to Cape Wrath. Once over the water there is a 12 mile section of road that is in bad condition and also the area is often used by the army as a firing range! After everyone has visited the lighthouse we need to get back to Durness and to our coach which will take everyone to Inverness for a last night celebratory meal.

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