The Finlaystone Road ride




May 2011
50 km







Background

I moved to the Paisley area some years ago. I was not that keen on cycling in the beginning due to being morbid obese (according to my doctor). When I ventured out, I mostly went over the Clyde river towards north or straight west to the coast. I only started to explore my local area last year and the Clyde peninsula. Google Earth with the superb mapping also opened my eyes to my backyard. This area is literally speaking my backyard.
I was very focused on my golf this year (where I am now playing badly) and did not venture out on my bike before the second week of May. Then I got bitten by the bug again and my plans was turned upside down again. Thankfully, I have to say. This tour was my second serious tour of the year, after having debuted with my old favorite the Lochwinnoch tour.


I started off the ride with the usual flat terrain past Renfrew and Inchinnan. I normally takes of towards Houston. But I this time went to Bishopston on a road I have never done before. I will do it again because it was a nice flat road with a couple of small hills over the motorway. I soon reached Bishopton. I have passed through Bishopton on train hundreds of times and a couple of times by bus. But this was actually my first ever visit to this rather upmarket village. A nice place it is. I was though looking for the crossroad to Old Greenock Road and I soon found it.

This road took off up a small climb from Bishopton and I soon got some very good views across the Clyde River towards Dumbarton. The single track road was very good too and it steady climbed for a mile before it fell down to a crossroad where it merged with Barochan Road. I was now in familiar terrain (see the Langbank tour)

The Old Greenock Road now climbed steady past Gleddoch House and famed golf course to a viewpoint 100 meters above sea level.



Looking back from the top of the climb towards the river, the motorway and Clydebank & Glasgow

I took a small rest here and enjoyed the scenery. The road down to the crossroad at Finlaystone is very hairy and put my brakes under severe pressure. Ditto for my neck. Stronger neck muscles is a must on these vertical descents. I was soon at the crossroad where I took the Finlaystone Road back towards Kilmacolm. The narrow single track Finlaystone Road descended first down through a forest before it took off up some steep and then vertical climb up past a small reservoir.


Looking back the Finlaystone Road towards this small reservoir with Dumbarton & the Clyde river in the background

The road rose to around 130 meters above sea level before it went almost vertical down to Kilmacolm again. I went through this village and down the hill to Bridge Of Weir. I took the road over Houston towards the flatlands over Inchinnan and Renfrew back to Paisley again.

Conclusion



This tour goes straight into my top ten of short evening tours. It has a lot of excellent cycling on roads with minimal traffic. It also has some good views too. In short, this is a very good evening tour and one I will repeat again.