Day 23: To Falkland
We are enjoying riding in Scotland. The signs for the NR1 (National Route 1) are much better than before, meaning we can pretty much follow the signs without the need to stop and check our maps. This saves time and makes riding more fun. So far the route has been beautiful: small, quiet roads, no horrific dirt tracks, and beautiful coast line.
We navigated out of Edinburgh on great bike paths and accross the Firth of Forth bridge without problem. By mid-afternoon we arrived in Falkland, a lovely historic town.
We also have a guidebook for the route in Scotland that gives us elevation profiles for the route. Hills are still hills, but they seem easier to take when you know about them and know how high and far they go.
Day 24: Dundee via St. Andrews
The next day our route took us to Dundee via St. Andrews. So far the winds have been favourable, as they tend to be south/south-westerly in Scotland. The ride to St. Andrews was beautiful. We stopped for a little visit. After a coffee and a bit to eat in the centre of town, we went to see the cathedral and castle. It’s a pretty and popular town. The golf course seemed disappointing though: by the sea but barren grass, and with several huge bleachers for people to watch the famous games. Very disappointing.
Before arriving in Dundee we discovered that our hotel was about 5 km out of the way, but it was an easy flat ride, again on good bike paths.
Day 25: “Flying” to Inverbervie
Today we did over 80km. Originally we were going to do a shorter day, but with strong tailwinds (45mph or 70km/hr) we made excellent time, so we decided to carry on and save ourselves some distance tomorrow, when we expect headwinds. By chance we were able to cancel our B&B reservation for today and find another place 20km further down the road in Inverbervie.
We rode past numerous golf courses and it being Saturday, many, many guys were out golfing despite the horrendous winds; didn’t see one woman on the courses though?? But hats off to the folks playing in these winds; we were almost blown of our bikes on one or two occassions.
We are enjoying cycling close to the coast and seeing the North Sea, which we’ll have nearby until Inverness, when the route goes more inland. Today there were lots of white caps and the fast moving shadows of the clouds over the sea made for constantly changing views.