LEJOG Cycle Tour - Day 11 - Edinburgh to Dunkeld - 106km
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Join Will & Jon for a fortnight of cycling LEJOG, a cycle tour of the UK from Lands End to John O’Groats. The whole route will take 14 days (plus 2 days travelling) covering 1000 miles so join for as much or as little as you can face! The trip is organised as day events, allowing you to sign up to whatever days you fancy, booking your own transport and accommodation according to your budget.
DAY ELEVEN - Edinburgh to Dunkeld
We leave Edinburgh on National Cycling Route 1 and cross the Forth on the old road bridge. We change to Route 775 to Perth and end up on the 77 to Dunkeld. We cover 106km with 940m of ascent today.
In Kinross at 50km it would be nice to try and visit Historic Scotland Environment's Lochleven Castle. Mary Queen of Scots was once a guest here, but her former host turned her jailer in 1567. She eventually escaped, never to see Scotland again. We need to book for this one if we want to visit, as its a short boat ride across the lake.
At 84km we pass Historic Scotland Environment's Huntingtower Castle, another location that MAry Queen of Scots once visited.
The route can be downloaded from here.
Tuesday 14th July accommodation suggestions in Dunkeld:
- handful of independent hotels here to choose from.
- Will & Jon are staying at Merryburn, booked through Booking.com
Keep costs down by getting twin rooms and sharing.
Getting there and back again
If you are joining us for the day, the nearest train station to the starting point is Edinburgh Waverley.
If you are leaving us in Dunkeld, the nearest train station is Dunkeld & Birnam.
If you have any questions regarding equipment etc email Will.Allaway@Outdoorlads.com.
A lot of useful information is included in Day 0 - Getting to Lands End.
Keep in touch
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We also have a Strava group:
What to bring
Bike: a road bike or touring bike.
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one and so does Will.
Cycling Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users. Aim to bring 3-4 sets of cycling outfits, we will have a laundry run at least every fourth night. If you choose to wash the same outfit with Lynx Africa Jon will hunt you like the animal you are.
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals. Some bike shoes are ok to walk in, but keep in mind you’re wearing them all day; a slip-on or flip-flop will be a welcome change in the evening.
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and safe - we have long day light hours but are useful in bad weather.
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Ruck sack or panniers: Some of us will be cycling for 14 days none stop. Carrying kit in a ruck sack can become tiresome, I would recommend panniers, though make sure your bike is suitable to attach them. Alternatively buy frame bags that fit behind your saddle and within the frame of your bike.
Evening wear: We will be going out for drinks and meals, an outfit other then lycra would be a bonus for your sanity.
Clothes washing liquid: Useful for freshening up your clothes.
Chamois cream - helps avoids rubbing on the bum cheeks.
GPS Computer - track your progress and go off on your own if fed up of our company
Food & drink
Please bring plenty of snacks, the plan is to stop somewhere nice for lunch.