Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2

Day 6 - Newton Stewart to Ayr

I met up with Gillian once more, and we made our way out of Newton Stewart, following the Sustrans route again.

We cycled up and on to the Galloway Forest Park and Glentrool Forest. Here we were pulling over frequently for massive logging trucks which were intent on driving these narrow roads at quite a speed. Some good scenery, but also some effort required to get through it.

We cycled up to 'Nick of the Balloch' with oncoming wind being sheltered by the terrain. On the other side beginning the descent we met the full force of the weather and I stopped to put on extra clothes. Freewheeling down the slope on the other side and getting cold we made our way to a farm in South Balloch were a farmer kindly let us shelter in his barn. Here we heated up a couple of instant pasta pots.

Continuing on, the weather had improved, and we made our way to Maybole. From here we took the shorter and more level B7024 to Ayr rather than the Sustrans route over the hills. I stayed at a campsite just off the A70 heading east out of Ayr. This was a run down site that cost me £8. The owners said that they had only been there for a couple of weeks, having only just taken it over from the previous owners. Looks like they have a lot of work to do - I won't be going back.

In the evening Gillian and I went out for an Indian meal as a farewell celebration of our time cycling together. We would be heading in different directions the next day. I was planning on taking a day off before heading over to the Isle of Arran and she would be heading on up to Glasgow. We ended up in a friendly pub called the Tom O'Shanter, and met a few locals (remember the whiskey drinking 'Bobby').

The distance today was 47 miles by the Sustrans route, perhaps a little less for us having taken the B road at the end.

Photograph of a sign welcoming us to the Galloway Forest Park
Galloway Forest Park

Photograph of the hills and landscape in the Galloway Forest Park
Galloway Forest Park

Photograph of a large lorry carrying timber on a road in the Galloway Forest Park
Logging Truck in Galloway Forest Park

Photograph of Gillian

Photograph of a pub in Ayr called the Tom O'Shanter
Tom O'Shanter, Ayr

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