Oban to Brodick

The morning started with the usual stiff legs, but we also began to realise that this is only a problem at the start of the day. You can pretty much tackle any shape of hill after a gentle 10 mile warm up.

Unfortunately for us today featured rather nasty climb within 2 miles of Oban, not only was it agony, it was not the best start to a morning that was punctuated with a number of sharp climbs.

However there was very little traffic, the weather was excellent and what wind there was on our backs. The quality of the scenery helps you concentrate on things other than the state of your legs and reaching the summit of a hill only improves the scenery!

We made steady progress to Claonaig where we waited for the ferry to take us to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran. By now weather was so good we actually took the opportunity to sunbath on the beach while we waited! (Remember this is Scotland!)

Glen Chalmadale, Arran

Once again we reached our destination in good time and pondered to moving on. The ferry back to the mainland left Brodick (15 miles away on the other side of the island) at 08:00 and Glen Chalmadale, a long steep climb, was only a couple of miles down the road!

We recalled our legs at the start to the day and felt it was much better to get it out of the way immediately and avoid attempting it first thing in the morning.

We just about found some accommodation in Brodick that, as luck would have it, almost backed onto the ferry port. However, whilst Arran itself is very beautiful, the best thing to be said for Brodick is that the ferry makes it easy to leave!

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Day:4 of 13
Date:02 July 2003
From:Oban
To:Brodick
Distance:127 KM
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