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Cycling, Islay: 1 reviews and 1 photos
My original intent was to rent bicycle and use the local buses to see Islay. There are several places you can rent bicycles on Islay - the post office of Bowmore, the Playing Fields at Port Ellen and another place or two as well as one place in Port Charlotte. Islay is reasonably flat, though you will run into the occasional 15% grade, but normally that is only for a fairly short stretch. Still, there are a lot of little ups and downs and distances can be a factor, so plan your trips somewhat closely. Weather is a huge factor. When I was here for four days, three were devoted to heavy rains and the one clear day gave me 35 mile per hour headwinds to contend with. Renting a bike costs 10 pounds for the day, but I found that by renting a car from D& M McKenzie (whose cars you find over all of the island) is only 30 pounds per day. With the extra money spent, I was still able to cover a lot more ground quickly.
Most roads are single lane affairs off the main road which links the villages together. Your car will be a manual which is always fun coming from a country with right-hand drive. Roads on Islay are not heavy with traffic, though, so it is a good area to practice your left-hand drive skills.
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