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Cycle tour of Orkney

glasgowjim 18 Oct 20:56  

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Orkney is a great place to do a short cycle tour . Cheap train tickets to Thurso 3 mile run to ferry terminal in Scrabster and campsite is barely a mile from the ferry terminal at stromness. Roads are well surfaced with NO POTHOLES ! only one road is anything like busy and thats from Kirkwall to Finstown. First day Stromness to Bradger then upto Skara Brae from there you go on to Twatt (yes really) from there you can eirther go upto to Bursay and camp there or cut through past Kirbuster farming museum to the top of the island and then go east down to Evie for the night at a very quiet campsite . Next day early start and a short run to Tingwall and ferry to Rousay. Archeologival sites + circuit of island (13 miles approx) back to pier and ferry to Tingwall. The run from Tingwall to Finstwon is on the longest strainght road and all down hill at that point. From Finstown you turn left and head to kirkwall but be prepared for headwinds (this is a long day ) . Stay ay Pickaquoy campsite then the next day head down to the Italian chapel on Little Holm then head back up and do the brough of Deerness back to kirKwall. Final day take the run back to stromness choice of 2 routes . Camp in Stromness and ferry back the next day.

This was my plan but a day of heavy rain took a day out of my itinerary . A day in Kirwall is good especally for St Magbus' cathedral it is fascinating.


Slug 06 Nov 21:28  

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Thanks for that Jim. I'm relatively new to cycling and only just registered here - literally five minutes ago - but looking at doing a trip around Caithness and Orkney sometime soon. Some useful info there. Cheers!!


glasgowjim 16 Jun 23:56  

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For a lot of details about wild camping etc I suggest you register on the wild camping forum as there is tons of info there its meant for the campavan brigade but the info for orkney is absolutely priceless.


Jilld 03 Jul 13:18  

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I'm planning on getting the ferry back from Stromness next wee and only have 36 mins to make the train connection at Thurso. Is this possible?



Jilld 03 Jul 13:19  

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glasgowjim 03 Jul 20:54  

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it is a bit of an uphill slog from the harbour for a mile but after that its plain sailing. Make sure you know exactly where the station is as asking a local can be a hit or miss affair as when I asked some one they didnt even know where it was for sure but still they sent me in the wrong direction ! I soon realised that they hadnt a clue and asked someone else who gave the right direction at least. 36 minutes seems a bit tight depends on how fast you go and how quickly you can climb up the rise from the harbour as you will have little margin for error. Once you have crested the hill its downhill or flat going all the way to the station. checked with google maps they put it at 13 mins so allowing for some misdirection it should be okay (reckon google maps runs at 10 mph average for cycles).

When you pass the big LIDL store you are 1.2 way there keep going straight ahead until you come to the Royal bank of scotland on the left hand side you cant miss it turn sharp right onto princes street and the station is a1/2 mile along the street on the LHS you cant miss it!