Just to confirm that this year we will be on Islay the first weekend of August for a bike ride around the island.
The main ride is on Sunday and is an unsupported, no frills, untimed ride around the island. It really is a great day out on the bike and there’s a dram (Ardbeg) stop half way round.
Official Ride page – http://www.rideofthefallingrain.net/
The Guardian article about last year’s ride – giving an idea of it all https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/aug/17/hardcore-cycling-in-almost-guaranteed-rain-scotlands-no-frills-anti-sportive
A variety of accommodation is available nearby in Port Charlotte: camping (port mor), (S)YHA, b&b’s and hotels. All budgets catered for. More accommodation available further afield.
My suggestion is to travel there Friday and return Monday. Obviously, it’s a long way to go, so you might want to extend your stay or arrive earlier. Ferries get booked up due to time of year so suggest early booking. Current return price for an estate car and two people is £90. CalMac timetable and pricelist for Kennacraig – Port Ellen / Port Askaig https://www.calmac.co.uk/kennacraig-portellen-portaskaig-islay-ferry-summer-timetable As its a good 6 hour drive (from Ilkley), suggest an 8 – 8.30am Friday departure from Ilkley which leaves reasonable time to catch the 3.30 sailing, arriving by 5.35 (time to set up tent, have beers etc) or a 6pm sailing, arriving at 19.55 (for those staying in more luxurious accommodation). Then in reverse, probably the 9.45am Monday departure or even the Sunday at 6pm for those very pushed for getting back home…..
Some useful resources below.
Overall Islay Guide with more accommodation ideas http://www.islayinfo.com/
More on the event http://www.islayjura.com/event-details.php?id=483
Port Charlotte Youth Hostel https://www.syha.org.uk/where-to-stay/islands/port-charlotte.aspx
Port Mor campsite http://islandofislay.co.uk/campsite.php
View of Port Charlotte in case anyone needs convincing
Who could possibly resist the offer of some ‘hard-core cycling in almost guaranteed rain. Scotland’s no-frills anti-sportive!
Any questions just shout.