A very welcome retreat after completing my Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle.
An unassuming exterior hid a warm welcome from my host, Gordon. Gordon seemed to be very familiar with cyclists and was happy for me to wheel my bike into the house and prop it up in the hallway. He then immediately offered to give me a lift back down the road to the hotel for an evening meal if I wanted one.
The guest room was spacious, warm, clean and tidy (the mess on the bed being my own cast offs). The shower was in a room next door. It provided a veritable gush of hot water that instantly refreshed me after my 140 mile push to get to the finish from near Aviemore. The bed was very comfortable and the location extremely quiet – no riotous parties from the sheep in the field opposite.
I indulged in a decadent and leisurely Full Scottish breakfast which was superb. Gordon, ever the attentive host, then offered to take me to Duncansby Head, the true furthest North East point on mainland UK. I declined, wishing to re-take photos at the signpost (having arrived in the near dark) before being picked up by the John O’Groats Bike Transport Company to whisk me to Inverness for my flight home, but it was very generous of him.
This B&B was a most welcome retreat that I stayed at for two nights on my June 2014 cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. It was the stop at the end of my 7th day after cycling through the magnificent Cairngorms from Dunkeld. My route at that point was following the A9 and the B&B is conveniently located a few hundred metres from it and is easily located. The next day I completed the ride to John O’Groats and had a lift back to the B&B (arranged through John O’Groats Bike Transport who also packaged up my bike and couriered it to my home) where I stayed overnight before taking a flight home the next day.
The hosts were very friendly and welcoming getting that balance between helpfulness and intrusion just right. The room was very comfortable, well decorated and had everything I needed. Whilst not en suite this did not seem to cause any problems. Breakfast was excellent, well cooked and plentiful, even for someone about to cycle 125 miles. My bike was well secured in the garage overnight.
Due to a hiccup in my route (it was 15 miles longer than I thought) and a puncture, I arrived late at Glenan Lodge. Thankfully Lesley and Rob, the hosts, were very accommodating, especially as I had pre-ordered an evening meal.
Rob took care of my bike and put it in a sheltered area at the back of the property whilst Lesley showed me to my room. After a quick brush up I entered the spacious dining room where I was served a superb evening meal. It was exactly what I needed after 130 miles in the saddle – although I have to say a fantastic 130 miles (with a few miles of exception), especially once in the Highlands proper.
The en-suite room was warm, clean and well presented. A good distance from any road of note it was extremely quiet leading to a deep sleep.
I had to set out very early the next morning to give me a chance of making the 140 miles to John O’Groats in daylight (which I just managed to do). So, sadly, I was unable to try the full breakfast menu but Rob was gracious enough get up and make sure I was sorted with plenty of muesli and fruit juice and to see me on my way. I am sure the cooked breakfast would have been excellent, if it was anything like the meal the evening before.
If you use the weblink above to visit their website you will see that the guest house enjoys the benefit of a 2 mile beat on the river Findhorn and that the area offers golf, shooting, fishing, bird-watching and hill walking. So, if you’re planning a day off there will be plenty to do. I guess the skiing is unlikely to be much use though, unless you’re planning a winter End to End. The website also has lots of pictures of the property.
I stayed here at the end of my sixth day on my Land’s End to John O’Groats ride in June 2014, from Moffat to Dunkeld.
The building is full of character. My room was right in the roof and the staircase wound its way up through the middle of the house giving a real impression of age, with the stairs cambering over. Not I hasten to add dilapidated. The whole was very nicely decorated and clean throughout. Being in the roof my room had all the associated character features with sloping ceilings etc. but was not restricted for headroom. Being up high it also had a very good view. The room was not en-suite but had a sink, tv and tea and coffee making facilities.
Breakfast was a help yourself to cereals, fruit and juice with a choice of cooked breakfasts to follow. Needing to get to Inverness via the Cairngorms by the end of the day I loaded up on a Full Scottish breakfast which included my first sampling of haggis. Excellent.
My bike was secured in the garage overnight, from where the photo of the rear of the property is taken. My room was the one in the middle of the roof.
Very well presented property with a most beautiful herbaceous garden, forming the backdrop for the breakfast room. The garden was full of vibrant colour even at the beginning of October. I would have loved to have seen it in July.Ann and Trevor were great hosts, quickly showing me where to stable my bike and showing me to my room. They even invited me to dine with them but, having only the cycling clothes I stood in, I was a little too self conscious of my potential odour to accept. Although I don’t think they would have in anyway objected :).
The whole property had a homely yet professional feel: you felt at home but also had all the finishing touches put in by top hotels. My room was very comfortable with a choice of beds and a seating area to collapse in. All was exceptionally well presented, clean and tidy (the mess in the photos is my own!). Despite being on the main road through Kinross it was really quiet and I slept very deeply.
Trevor was gracious enough to get up early to provide a first rate breakfast with that previously mentioned herbaceous backdrop. I have nabbed a couple of pictures from their website (link above) the give you a flavour but they don’t do full justice to the scene. And talking of flavour, the home made jams were excellent!
I stayed here at the end of my fifth day on my Land’s End to John O’Groats ride in June 2014.
My host was very chatty and friendly and a fount of information on the surrounding area. He also directed me to the most likely place for me to pick up Moffat toffee (which I can recommend) first thing in the morning before most of the shops would be open.
The room was clean and well decorated with all the facilities I needed, including tv, tea/coffee making facilities and a sink. The room was not en-suite but had its own private bathroom down the corridor. It was quiet and I enjoyed a good quality of sleep.
Breakfast was plentiful with cereals, fruit and juice available to self serve and an expertly cooked Full Scottish breakfast with fried bread, something I haven’t eaten since being a child. It really set me up for the days ride past Edinburgh to Dunkeld.
Bishopcleugh Guest House is located just outside of Lockerbie in peaceful countryside. The property has been converted to provide 4 en-suite room, 2 singles, a twin and a family. I have replicated the pictures for the single room I stayed in from the website and would recommend that you use the weblink above to view the other rooms, which are of a very high standard. In fact, I would say that the rooms look better in the flesh (as it were) than in the pictures.
My bike was securely locked in an outbuilding and I was shown the location of the key in case I wanted to get access or decided to leave very early in the morning.
I had a very comfortable night’s sleep, again a very quiet location. Christine, my host, was happy to provide breakfast early and I managed to pack away my usual muesli, toast and juice followed by a Full English. Or was it Scottish. Delicious anyway. Christine was always on hand in case I had any queries and was warm, friendly and chatty without being intrusive.
The homemade biscuit was a nice touch – highly recommended (B&B not just the biscuit).
I stayed here at the end of my fourth day on my Land’s End to John O’Groats ride in June 2014. Day 3 had proved to be a disaster, mechanical problems leaving me an extra 40 miles to ride, which meant by the time I arrived I had cycled 160 miles and was in need of some gentle treatment. This I received in abundance. Despite the late hour my bike was quickly secures in the garage/storeroom and I was whisked away to my room with the parcel I had sent to myself full of supplies.
The building was full of character, the corridor weaving through the first floor to my room. The room was ensuite, clean, well decorated and had all the facilities the tired cyclist needs. It even had a portable radiator which I rigged under the table to dry all of my kit after washing it in the shower.
The bar downstairs had been busy with restaurant goers but the room was very quiet and I slept well to the sound of the rain (it was summer:) ).
Breakfast was a buffet affair for cereals, fruit and juice with a full menu of cooked dishes to follow. Needing to cycle to Moffat in Scotland by the end of the day I loaded myself to the point of hardly being able to move. Excellent and nicely cooked.
This property is a large converted mill sitting on the Lancaster Canal. It has a lock beside it which makes a great backdrop view for the restaurant. The building has been converted to a very high standard with a lift to all floor to save the legs of the weary cyclist. Bikes can be stored in a large laundry area on the ground floor.
The room was very clean, very well presented (my photo shows a slightly unmade bed but that is because I had slightly unmade it 🙂 The en-suite bathroom was immaculate and there was lots of hot water.
I was well looked after by Liz, the duty manager, who personally led me to the laundry to settle my bike in for the night, showed me to my room and even poured my Guinness whilst I waited for the steak and chips I had ordered as a reward for reaching roughly halfway. The food was excellent, the steak cooked to perfection.
After a good night’s sleep I was still too full in the morning to manage a Full English. So, after my starter of fruit juice, muesli and toast I ordered a bacon omelette which was large, delicious and perhaps as filling as the Full English. Fortunately the first few miles cycling were flat.
I arrived at the B&B fairly late and pretty grubby, having cycled from Gloucester , the last few miles along a muddy canal tow path. Despite my state Norah was most welcoming, showing me where I could lock my bike away in the laundry, and leading me through to my room on the ground floor. The room itself was clean, warm and comfortable. The bathroom similar with an amply supply of hot water.
Despite being on a fairly main road the room was quiet and I slept very well, with no disturbances.
There was plenty to eat for breakfast with a wide range of options. This was my 4th B&B in as many days and it was the first breakfast I had been defeated by, I just couldn’t manage the last piece of toast! Follow the weblink above to see the breakfast menu. They also do evening meals.
Norah was friendly and chatty without being in anyway intrusive – a very good host.