11 Walkers Cycling Club members took advantage of the spring sunshine to undertake the first Three Ferries trip of the year.
This iconic ride, which is a favourite with many road riders, saw the group catch their first ferry froom McInroy’s Point to Hunter’s Quay then head up the Loch Tarsain road before dropping down to the head of Loch Striven.
The riders then faced the only real challenge of the day in the form of the long steep haul up from Craigendive where the gradient reaches 20% at times. One rider had in fact opted to cross over on an earlier ferry from Gourock so she could have a more leisurely attempt at the climb.
The group coped well with the concerted effort of the climb even in the increasing warmth of the sun. They were then able to get their breath back on the drop back down to Glendaruel to join the main road down to Colintraive and a very welcome lunch stop at the Colintraive Hotel.
After lunch, the party headed over to Bute on the second ferry and headed off in close group formation to Port Bannatyne. There the group split into two, with one section heading off to do an anti-clockwise lap of the island while a second section opted for a more gentle cruise along the seafront heading for Mount Stewart. Or at least as far as Zavaroni’s cafe for a double nougat and then a further half mile to a convenient bench to eat them on.
The other riders also made it back to Rothesay in time to have ice cream before everyone headed back tp the mainland on their third ferry crossing of the day. The ride was branded a huge success by all who attended.
Huge thanks to Laura McFarlane for not only organising a fantastic route but also for arranging great weather.