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Perth, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose, Stonehaven, Aberdeen, Scotland.
(3 day bike-pack)
Mon 17 Aug - Wed 19 Aug 2015

Tue 18 Aug 2015

Mon 17 Aug 2015
Tue 18 Aug 2015
Wed 19 Aug 2015
Overnight the weather was calm and the army camp was silent from mid-evening. Unfortunately the trains werenít. Especially those travelling south seemed the noisiest. As they passed the draft would shake the tent and the ground would shake. There were none in the morning until I was starting to pack up. I was surprised that the army camp was silent, even at 07:15am when I set off.

Barry Links

The weather forecast was for heavy ran but there was just a few spots as I set off. The cycle track was excellent riding and continued following the railway. I stopped at Barry Links Railway Station and its level crossing with pedestrian bridge.

Barry Links Railway Station

I passed the entrance to the fitness centre that used to be run by Liz McColgan the Scottish former middle-distance and long-distance track and road-running athlete. The business has now gone bust and Liz has divorced and moved away.
 

Entrance to closed fitness centre.

Then along the coast to Arbroath. This was another of my objectives as I wanted to visit the Bell Rock Lighthouse Signal Station by the harbour. I approached through an area of amusement building and open air pool but there was nobody about.

Bell Rock Signal Station and
museum in Arbroath

Signal Tower and Museum

Bell Rock Signal Station

Bell Rock Signal Station

Arboath Harbour

Distant view of the Bell Rock Lighthouse
11 miles out to sea.

I reached the signal station but it didnít open till 10am. It was only 08:30 and I didnít want to hang around for one and a half hours so headed for the harbour area so I could see the Bell Rock lighthouse 11 miles out to sea. I returned to the road and called in to a fish shop with Arbroath Smokies. Being on the bike I couldnít buy anything but the man was friendly and didnít mind I was there to look and not buy. I continued through another dock area then a cycle track that looped to the west then on a road to head east. I was now on the road and at times it was quite uncomfortable with speeding cars and trucks.

Arbroath Smokies

I was also the official cycle trail and with no cycle track I donít understand how it can get that designation. The rain was now much more intense and annoying as I descended into Montrose as I would have liked to take some photos over the bridge. I left the town and headed north. I would have liked to investigate the two bridges of road and abandoned rail over the River North Esk but heavy rain prevented it. I was on the A92, another road of no cycle track and busy traffic. By Inverbervie I was getting fed up of the heavy rain and constant traffic. I was glad to leave the main road and follow the minor lanes for a while.

Arbroath Smokies etc

Unfortunately with it being harvest time the roads were covered with muck as farmers vehicles trundled from field to field. I crossed the A92 again and was taken along a narrow country lane that started climbing gently then began a long steep climb before starting a descent towards Stonehaven. I joined the A92 briefly to shortly leave it to descend into Stonehaven. It was a strange narrow road with a cycle track adjacent. The town was fairy bland and depressing. I reached the Co-op supermarket and called to buy water. The shelf with 2lt bottles was empty so I had to buy a 5lt bottle, which was way too much. I carried on to a lay bye where a small area of grass and shrubs had enough space for my tent.

Road Bridge plaque in the rain