Sorry if I am speaking........posting out of turn here, but my alarm clock will go off in some hours time and I will do a pleasant 80 miles bike ride around Lake Menteith from Paisley tomorrow. I am new here, but I am pretty experienced on the bike. See here . A webpage which sadly only included 1/3 of all my tours. I will get the page up to date this summer........ or next summer....... or next summer. I am planning a 500 miles roundtrip......... make that 660 miles due to a map reading error around the Western Isles and over Applecross and Mallaig back again. The road choice between Leverburgh and Tarbert at Harris is baffling though. So I called the tourist information in Tarbet and got no wiser. Fair enough. My question is: Do I take the eastern route, the socalled Golden Route or do I take the more flat western coast between Leverburgh and Tarbert ? What is the most scenic of those two alternatives ? I like hills, but not desperate 10-20 degrees hillclimbs up and down for hours. I use a racing bike with a small pannier, tent and all that. I guess I average 15-20 miles an hour on flat road. I am planning to do Leverburgh via the west coast of Lewis up past Carloway and pretty close to Port Nis that day. And yes, I am aware of the big nasty hill after Tarbert and the 100 miles between Leverburgh and Port Nis. I will put up a presentation of myself later on and the tour I am planning. But the bed awaits and the alarm clock at 0530.