From April 28 to May 24,
2005, I cycled Britain from Horley near London/Gatwick airport west to Land's End.
I then went west of the Pennines to John o'Groats and Thurso in Scotland -
the usual "End to End" trip. I took a
day-long ferry and bus tour of the Orkneys, then by train to Perth for two
days and by train to Margate, Kent, in southeast England.
Then I cycled back to Horley by way of Canterbury - I call this "Side to Side."
I rode 20 days for 1500 miles (2400 km). The map shows my route (mauve) and
places I stayed (orange).
From May 6 to May 29, 2006, I cycled from Thurso around the north-west
Highlands to Ullapool, by ferry to the Hebrides, around Lewis, down Harris to
Tarbert, thence by ferry to Uig on Skye. I rode down Skye, across the Kyle of
Lochalsh then south-east to Laggan, Fort William, Glencoe and Kippen. I went
across the lowlands to Selkirk then east of the Pennines through England,
skirting London to reach Horley. The 1000-mile (1600-km) route is in blue with
overnight stops in green.