So you’re coming to the end of your epic LEJOG and John O Groats is in site – time for celebrations all round and the only place you’re interested in visiting is the nearest pub to commence the party…but how are you planning to get your bike home (apart from cycling all the way back!)
It’s a common question that gets asked and there is now a solution thanks to a new transport service.
John O’Groats Bike Transport is a new service for cyclists taking on LEJOG. Lindsay Mackinnon set the operation up in 2007 and prides itself on providing the very best bike hire service in the Highlands. “We set up our bike transport service to originally help mountain bikers get back to their start point in Fort William once they had finished the Great Glen Way. But we were getting more and more enquiries from road cyclists who were struggling with the limited conventional public transport options between John O’Groats and Inverness”.
Within 3 hours of completing their epic ride, cyclists can be whisked back to their hotel in Inverness, dropped at the train station in time for the sleeper to London or taken to Inverness
airport to catch a flight home. And for a small extra charge you can choose to have your
bike couriered home straight from Inverness.
I caught up with Lindsay, owner of Ticket to Ride Highlands, who provided me with an insight into his company and how he provides that much needed support as you plan your route home.
What was your first bike and how old were you?
Lindsay: “A wee blue Raleigh with stabilisers. I think I was three or four”.
How did you get into cycling?
Lindsay: “As a kid. Cycled everywhere for transport and for fun”.
Any recommendations on places to stay along the route?
I used the service myself in getting my bike transported for me back home, whilst I took a flight from Inverness and would definitely recommend this service.
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