Scottish Climbs: The Crow Road

I picked up Ian Banks’ The Crow Road again recently – I couldn’t remember whether the road named in the title was the Scottish cyclists’ favourite, or the urban Crow Road in the Anniesland area of Glasgow. It turned out to be the latter, but the book is worth a read anyway. Heading north, out of […]

Scottish Climbs: Cuilt Brae, Mugdock

Cuilt Brae is the B821, a 2 mile stretch of road from pictureque, well-heeled Strathblane to Carbeth, to the North of Glasgow. It seems to have several names- coming out of Strathblane/Blanefield, it is signed for Stockiemuir. I have heard people refer to it both as ‘Cuilt Brae’ and ‘Stockiemuir’. The top is at Carbeth, […]

Scottish Climbs: Dukes Pass

This Sunday is the Sam Robinson Memorial Road Race, promoted by the Glasgow Nightingale CC, is one of the classics of the Scottish calendar. The route skirts around Callander, actually, but the showpiece is the Dukes Pass. Easily accessible from Stirling, and accessible as part of a longish ride from Glasgow, the Dukes is a […]

Scottish Climbs: Port Askaig Brae

This is not a climb I have done, but one that comes courtesy of several contributions from twitter friends. According to Jim aka @cowspassage, Port Askaig Hill is Islay’s Alpe d’Huez. He explains: it is not a long climb, but is more notable for its Alpine-style road engineering, with a couple of well-graded hairpins. Sounds […]