Five island charity cycle heads for Bute

A five-island charity cycle by a group of west of Scotland businessmen finishes on Bute on Sunday.
A five-island charity cycle by a group of west of Scotland businessmen finishes on Bute on Sunday.

A charity cycle ride covering five islands in the space of four days will finish on Bute on Sunday.

The epic adventure, covering 250 miles, is being undertaken by a group of 12 west of Scotland businessmen raising money for two good causes - Bowel Cancer UK and Combat Stress.

One of the cyclists is a former sergeant major in the household cavalry who is now working as a farrier, while the group also includes a paramedic, the Master of the Renfrewshire Hounds, a police inspector, a retired police officer and a variety of financial experts.

Also among the group is Derek Milne, a security manager with WH Malcolm Logistics in Renfrewshire whose wife, Mairi, is the daughter of the late Iain McMillan, who, with his twin brother Robert, was brought up at Cranslagloan farm, near Ettrick Bay on Bute’s west coast.

Mairi’s mother was also born and brought up on Bute - her cousins are Robin and Neil Ritchie, of local fishmonger Ritchie’s of Rothesay - while Mairi’s brother Alan is married to a Rothesay girl, Linzi Ferguson.

The intrepid cyclists began their journey at Ardrossan on Thursday, and have already been to Arran, Kintyre and Gigha, with visits to Islay and Jura still to come before they cross the finishing line in Rothesay - expected at around 4pm on Sunday.

As this article was published the group was arriving at Kennacraig, at the north end of Kintyre, in plenty of time for the lunchtime ferry to Islay, having covered around 183 kilometres (113.7 miles) so far.

To keep track of their progress click on the ‘Five Islands charity cycle’ link to the right of this article.