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  • Writer's pictureGareth Owens

Scotland Motorcycle Tour - Day 3 - Bladnoch to Glasgow

A rainy day in the Galloway Forest

From: Bladnoch To: Glasgow Distance: 100 miles

Up at 8:00 and we start the day with a 'full breakfast', (definitely not a full English). We left Bladnoch at 9:15 and were soon on single track roads in the Galloway Forest. The roads were damp and largely empty other than for the occasional logging truck and the odd adventure biker.

Some nice views to take in, but the moment we stopped we were swarmed with midges. I think they are attracted to the heat of the bikes and the dead flies already plastered to the windscreens.

We rode through drizzle to the village of Straiton where we had tea and biscuits and couple of hours chat with Alisa's 92 year old grandfather.

While in Straiton it started raining heavily. After it showed no signs of stopping we decided to abandon our planned visit to Culzean Castle and head straight to our next stop Glasgow, where we would stay the night at Alisa's parents.

The roads out of Straiton would be great fun in the dry, but we made slow and deliberate progress. As we neared Glasgow the rain finally started to ease and eventually stopped just as we parked up the bikes - typical!

Once fed and watered we took an evening stroll around Glasgow's West End, while regularly checking our phones for the weather reports - a couple of days rain is OK, but we don't want to be riding for the next 10 days in the wet. It's looking like a 50/50 chance of rain for tomorrow's ride to Campbeltown.

Galloway Forest - Let's hope we don't have to live in our wet weather gear for the next ten days!

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