Queens View 1998
I did not have a camera back then, I am afraid. So no pictures from that tour. But click on the button below to open up Google Maps.
Enter "Dumbarton" in the search field & Google Earth for xtra pictures
I purchased my bike in the late summer 1997 and had tried some bikerides that year. But 1998 was really my first year as a serious bikerider in Scotland, excluding the 1995 tour. So I was eager to start the year with this tour over Queens View.
I set off that morning from my flat in Bonhill, Alexandria to Balloch where I took the Stirling Road over towards Balmaha. This was my first ever ride on a road I was going to regard as my playground for many years. I still use it quite often. The two hills here was a bit steep and it was a bit cold. So I took it pretty easy. The descent down to Gartocharn was good too and the pretty flat road over to the crossroad at Croftamie was very scenic with some excellent views towards Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond. I reached the A811/A809 crossroad and took the road down to the right. The road started with a steep hill over Croftamie on a narrow, busy road. The views was very good towards the Campsie Fells and the north. This was my first ever foray into this area and I was smitten by it. The descent down to a crossroad between Killearn and Queens View followed. I took the road up to Queens View and the long climb up there. I was untrained. My legs was not that good either so I was forced to take it easy here. A descent followed past a small crossroad and down to a small bridge. A sharp climb over Hilton golf course followed before the final stretch of road down to a crossroad next to a petrol station. I took the road and the steep climb over towards Faifley and then down to Duntocher and the A 82 there. I got a bit lost, but then found the magical cycle path taking me past the nasty A 82 at Milton before it ended up in Dumbarton again. Again, this cycle path was a major find and one I have used a lot to this day. I cycled up again past Balantines distillery to my flat in Bonhill after a good bikeride.
Not a particular interesting bikeride which contains too much hillclimbing in too short time. To much up and down on boring climbs and descents. But it is an OK ride. I will always remember it for the discoveries I made during this bikeride. This ride can also be shortened by 10 km by taking the direct cycle path between Balloch and Croftamie on quiet country lanes.