Getting home from John O'Groats

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby rareposter » 16 Jan 2020, 8:45pm

There's a couple of "bike taxi" services in that area specifically for LEJOG riders:
http://www.johnogroatsbiketransport.co.uk/
http://www.highlandcycletransport.co.uk/

They'll take you/your bike to nearby stations, airports etc. Wick Airport does flights to Edinburgh (although obviously you'll need to acquire a bike box from somewhere or get the bike separately couriered). There's a car hire place at Wick Airport too which will do one-way hires (price depending on what the car is and how long you want it for plus there's usually a one-way surcharge).

Stations in Thurso, Wick and obviously Inverness.

All depends on how much time, luggage and money you've got as to which method works best for you!

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby cycleruk » 16 Jan 2020, 8:55pm

One way car hire sounds interesting?
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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby rareposter » 18 Jan 2020, 9:22pm

cycleruk wrote:One way car hire sounds interesting?


Most car hire companies do it - they may not always advertise it since its a massive hassle for them to then return the cars to where they need to be and there's usually a "one-way surcharge" to accommodate this so it can be expensive.

Someone I know who's doing LEJOG later this year has just booked a flight from Inverness to Luton for £12 (that's for him, the bike is being couriered). Worth looking - Flybe, LoganAir and EasyJet all do cheap internal flights.

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby mattheus » 20 Jan 2020, 3:07pm

Hmmm … budget airline to Luton ….

or ferry to the Orkneys for a day-or-two, then the sleeper back to London …

Nice to have a choice I guess!

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby Oldjohnw » 20 Jan 2020, 3:15pm

mattheus wrote:Hmmm … budget airline to Luton ….

or ferry to the Orkneys for a day-or-two, then the sleeper back to London …

Nice to have a choice I guess!


Sleeper back to London? You'd need to get to Aberdeen/ inverness first.
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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby mattheus » 20 Jan 2020, 3:18pm

Sorry, I was referring to this option:
Cyril Haearn wrote:Or you could get a ferry to Orkney and another ferry from there to Aberdeen (good train services)



I find this VERY appealing, and might be the reason to ride to JO'G one day!

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby cycleruk » 20 Jan 2020, 4:11pm

Oldjohnw wrote:
mattheus wrote:Hmmm … budget airline to Luton ….

or ferry to the Orkneys for a day-or-two, then the sleeper back to London …

Nice to have a choice I guess!


Sleeper back to London? You'd need to get to Aberdeen/ inverness first.


Problem is I don't live anywhere near London :( :wink:
Lancaster or Preston nearest mainline station to me.
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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby mattheus » 20 Jan 2020, 4:17pm

cycleruk wrote:
Oldjohnw wrote:
mattheus wrote:Hmmm … budget airline to Luton ….

or ferry to the Orkneys for a day-or-two, then the sleeper back to London …

Nice to have a choice I guess!


Sleeper back to London? You'd need to get to Aberdeen/ inverness first.


Problem is I don't live anywhere near London :( :wink:
Lancaster or Preston nearest mainline station to me.


That's a nice problem to have. :)

p.s. I'm nowhere near Luton ... that was why partly why I was hinting that a cheap fare to Luton airport isn't really all that useful, and I doubt I'm alone ...

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby Chris Ince » 21 Jan 2020, 10:52am

Train from Wick to Inverness and then on down south
Train from Wick to Inverness and then flight from Dalcross (Inverness airport- Luton, Gatwick, Manchester etc)
One or two local transit companies take bike to Inverness on cycle trailer
Cycle from Wick to Inverness via A9, wind behind can be done in a day

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby bikepacker » 21 Jan 2020, 4:22pm

The train from Wick to Inverness calls at Thurso after Wick so it is often easier to go to Thurso as it is closer to JOG. A friend of mine who did it last year said the souvenir kiosk at JOG had a phone number of someone who took him and his bike to Inverness but I never asked him the cost.

There is also the possibility of flying from Wick to Manchester with a change at either Inverness or Aberdeen. Might be worth looking up the cost of that.
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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby PeterT » 22 Jan 2020, 6:13pm

Courrier for the bike from JOG to home. Bus to Wick. Train to Inverness. Flight to Birmingham. Cheaper than train at the time.

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby ferrit worrier » 22 Jan 2020, 6:49pm

bikepacker wrote:The train from Wick to Inverness calls at Thurso after Wick so it is often easier to go to Thurso as it is closer to JOG. A friend of mine who did it last year said the souvenir kiosk at JOG had a phone number of someone who took him and his bike to Inverness but I never asked him the cost.

There is also the possibility of flying from Wick to Manchester with a change at either Inverness or Aberdeen. Might be worth looking up the cost of that.



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Jog to Thurso 19.7
Jog to Wick 16.4

The train starts at Wick if it's busy you stand a better chance of getting on at wick.
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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby cnb » 22 Jan 2020, 8:09pm

When I finished Le Jog, I used the train back to Inverness then Hired a car on a point to point basis..Dropping it off in Gateshead which left me a short ride home...I didn't plan to do that but the trains from Inverness were all busy and I hadn't booked...It worked out well in the end...

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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby cycleruk » 22 Jan 2020, 8:13pm

Just been testing the water, :wink:
Currently a train ticket = £132. That is Wick to Lancaster with two changes.
I did come across a ticket for Wick to Glasgow for £32 but would then need to get on to Lancashire.
(And still need to guarantee the bike as well?)(And is the bike going to be free?)
If and it's a BIG IF will be looking for June-ish with the longer days.

I have unfinished business with LeJoG as, due to a tummy problem, I had to pack after 400 miles (Warrington).
I have planned an 8 day B&B from home to JoG and that will do for me, health being good. :roll:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31798326.
I know I will miss out the conurbations of Warrington/Preston but that doesn't bother me as it would only fall short by about 40 miles in the overall total.

A hire car/van is still being considered.
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Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Postby Paulatic » 22 Jan 2020, 9:40pm

You can get Glsgow Central to Lancaster as cheap as £14.50.
http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/t ... 0/1230/dep
Bikes go free and you can book ahead with the ticket. Use a browser web page as some of the apps don’t give you book a bike option.
Hope your health holds up to achieve it. Good luck
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