This week, FulGaz contributor David Crighton takes us on a trip around Scotland. This 13 ride series brings together a collection of very, short sharp climbs and has some rides with rolling hills for those looking to put in the hours on the trainer.

There’s a lot of typical Scottish scenery and villages through this ride series, but you can expect blue skies, lush green fields, and quiet roads.

Enjoy!

Oban Loop

An out and back loop from Oban. You head out on a minor road and across the Connel Bridge to the airport. You then head north on a cycle path which is an excellent warm-up for the next section. This section turns right to go up Barcaldine Hill and over to Ardchattan with a long scenic descent overlooking the water. 

40.95KM
DISTANCE
1:34:45
DURATION
501M
ELEVATION

Cairneyhill to Saline anticlockwise

A mostly undulating training loop with natural intervals. Be sure to warm up in the first 1.2 miles/1.9 kms as you will soon be in high double-digit gradients.

16.30KM
DISTANCE
40:06
DURATION
269M
ELEVATION GAIN

Cairneyhill to Saline clockwise

An undulating training loop with a little bit of everything. Beware the sting in the last climb.

16.58KM
DISTANCE
40:06
DURATION
269M
ELEVATION GAIN

Oban to Dunbeg Out

A ride from Oban to Dunbeg. This takes you through town, along the promenade and past Dunollie Castle to Ganavan Beach. You then take the cycle path to Dunbeg and finish at the marina. Beware the short but steep ramps on the cycle path (there are actually warning signs at the start), and see if you can spot bugs.

9.10KM
DISTANCE
21.11
DURATION
89M
ELEVATION GAIN

Dunbeg to Oban

A short ride from Dunbeg to Oban with a detour to Dunstaffnage Castle, mostly on cycle paths. Watch out for the ramps which hit 16%!

8.89KM
DISTANCE
20:51
DURATION
92M
ELEVATION

Up The Dragon

A short but testing climb maxing out at 21%. It starts off in the town of Dunning and begins relatively easy but gets progressively harder. Then just when you think the suffering is over, it isn’t. The bends give it the nickname “The Dragon”.

14.31
DISTANCE
19.08
DURATION
198M
ELEVATION

Forth Bridges

 A scenic ride over the Forth Road bridge with a loop over the historic town of South Queensferry’s cobbled streets and back over the bridge.

Beware that the bridge isn’t as flat as you’d think and the gradient transitions in the underpass.

12.07KM
DISTANCE
31:16
DURATION
153M
ELEVATION

Crow Road S-N

A fairly steady climb after a steep start and along the top to see the valley at the other side. This climb is often used by clubs as part of routes out of Glasgow. Generally 5%-7% but hits 14.5%. Be aware that Bernard may chicken out and not start. This is not a big issue, just keep your time lower than his.

7.30KM
DISTANCE
26.15
DURATION
274M
ELEVATION GAIN

Saline to Knockhill anticlockwise

A loop out of Saline up over the hill past Knockhill Race Circuit in an anti-clockwise direction. The climbs are more gradual, generally 5%, but longer than in the clockwise direction. Watch out for the 8% first climb at the start if not warmed up.

20.8KM
DISTANCE
47.27
DURATION
278M
ELEVATION GAIN

Saline to Knockhill clockwise

A loop out of Saline up over the hill past Knockhill Race Circuit in a clockwise direction. The climbs are shorter, but steeper than in the anti-clockwise direction.

20.8KM
DISTANCE
46:31
DURATION
274M
ELEVATION

The Path of Condie

Starts with a descent then an undulating ride with a few double-digit gradients. Beware of the gradient transition at the bottom of the first descent. A gear change is required. This is rewarded with a long, fast scenic descent with a view over Loch Leven. A turn around at the end to see where you’ve come from. 

10.28KM
DISTANCE
27:00
DURATION
221M
ELEVATION

Tak Ma Doon

This is a near-legendary climb in central Scotland. It is not long but is a series of very steep ramps in double-digit gradients, maximising at 19%. The sections in between can be used to make up time, or more likely, recover. It is not used in races due to a river ford on the other side.

4.07KM
DISTANCE
21.56
DURATION
273M
ELEVATION

Aberdour to Crossgates

An out and back with everything required for a quick workout. Steep if short sections up to 14.5%, mid gradient drags, fast flats and descents. All gears should be required.

11.30KM
DISTANCE
25:50
DURATION
203M
ELEVATION

Up Cleish from the North

A short warm up through the village of Cleish before taking on the short but challenging hill that local clubs use for hill time trials.

4.77KM
DISTANCE
15:53
DURATION
167M
ELEVATION