John O’Groats

9th June


Day Twenty 27th May 2006 - Gretna Green to Moffat.  After driving from Yealand Redmayne we cycled from Gretna Green, north through Ecclefechan and Lockerbie to Beattock where it started to rain too hard for us to continue! We then drove to Marthrown of Mabie where we stayed as guests of Mike and Pam, we too were invited to a Ceilidh in the woods.  29.5 miles

Day Twenty one 28th May 2006 - Moffat to Lanark. Daddy drove to Beattock then we cycled along the old A74 to Crawford where we ate lunch in the car, then to Abingdon and via A73 to Lanark which was very windy!  We bought a badge for my blanket and also some ice creams.  34.9 miles

Day Twenty two 29th May 2006 - Lanark to Denny.  We stayed on the A73 through Carluke and onto Airedrie then Cumbernauld where we ate lunch then to Denny before driving to Stirling Youth Hostel.  31.1 miles

Day Twenty three 30th May 2006 - Denny to Dunblane.  Half day ride today after breakfast we drove to Denny then through Stirling and onto Dunblane for lunch and visited the Cathedral and drove back to explore Stirling.  19.7 miles

Day Twenty four  31st May 2006 - Dunblane to Perth.  Quietly through Dunblane after meeting with Press Photographer! Then joined A9 towards Perth, through the small town of Auchterarder then back onto the A9, was diverted off by the police and shown a quieter road to use to complete our ride to Perth.  27.1 miles

Day Twenty five  1st June 2006 - Perth to Logierait.  North of Perth there is an alternative route for cyclists that doesn’t use the A9 this route we used through Moneydie and Bankfoot to Birnam and Dunkeld.  The main cycle route there was closed to cars so we put the bikes on the car and drove to the start of the B898 where we had lunch the cycled to Logierait.  After, we drove to Pitlochry on our way to Aviemore Youth Hostel.  24.8 miles

Day Twenty six  2nd June 2006 - Logierait to Drumochter.  We found the cycle track from Logierait to Pitlochry then onto Blair Atholl where Henry fed the ducks before lunch, after we cycled through Pitgowan and Calvine to reach the head of the Drumochter Pass (462 meters above sea level).  29.4 miles

Day Twenty seven  3rd June 2006 - Drumochter to Aviemore.  We cycled down from the summit through Dalwhinnie then onto Newtonmore and Kingussie. Then via B9152 through Kincraig to Aviemore.  33.5 miles

Day Twenty eight  5th June 2006 - Aviemore to Inverness.  The intention today was to cycle to the top of the Slochd Pass which we did before lunch so we carried on through Tomatin and Moy with some great free wheeling we made it to Inverness by 1430!  32.7 miles

Day Twenty nine  6th June 2006 - Inverness to Dingwall.  Our second half day ride, this time over the Black Isle.  We cycled over the Kessock Bridge on to the Black Isle up the A9 to Tore then free wheeled to the road 3miles north of Dingwall.  13.7 miles

Day Thirty 7th June 2006 - Dingwall to Golspie.  George was now cycling with us so we got as far as Tain before we stopped for lunch, Henry played on the pirate ship then after we continued north to Golspie where we cycled up the hill to Dunrobin Castle.  44.6 miles

Day Thirty one 8th June 2006 - Golspie to Lybster.  Back to Dunrobin Castle to resume the ride lots of hills today, we ate lunch at Berriedale after a steep down hill before a steeper climb!  Several more climbs but we made it to Lybster in time for Henry to play in the playground before finding our B&B.  39.3 miles

Day Thirty two 9th June 2006 - Lybster to John O’Groats.  The weather today was terrible it was cloudy and very windy but we got to Wick where we had morning coffee to warm us up, then on to Keiss where we ate lunch and onto John O’Groats to arrive at 3pm.  We had our photos taken then went to sign the End to End Book in the Hotel after crossing the finishing line!  27 miles

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Land’s End to John O’Groats - 906 miles - 32 days

Adrian and Henry Cole

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Land’s End to John O’Groats - 906 miles - 32 days