Cycling The String
Ride 1.9 miles gaining 743’ at 7.3% average grade.
The String begins just outside of the largest city on the Isle of Arran, Brodick. Our route is one of only two passes that cross over the mountainous island. From the start point, with the jagged mountains peering over, you’ll ride up mellow gradients past sheep herds and farming land. Once halfway up, the port below will be in view and on a clear day you’ll most certainly see shipping vessels as well as ferries pulling into port. The road is mostly straight and well-paved throughout the climb. This seems to be the main route across the island, so expect some traffic - although the island is so small and remote that ‘some traffic’ only equates to a dozen cars an hour. The summit point is marked only by a turn warning sign.
Start the climb at the Y of Main Street and The String Roads just north of Brodick.
Before we traveled to the UK for our second round of documenting the hardest and most epic climbs here, we asked Simon Warren for his lists of the Top 10 Hardest and Top 10 Most Epic climbs in England, Scotland, Wales and the UK. Simon ranks The String as Scotland's 7th Most Epic Hill Climb.
From our perspective, it is the entire package that makes this climb “epic” - from the ferry ride over to the island itself. We enjoyed our time riding up and over both passes on the island and consider the travel and riding on the Arran epic.
Travel down the backside of The String to Machrie and the Auchagallon Stone Circle.
That’s a wrap!!