(Written by Connor McCullough)
A number of years ago, myself and my friend Steve took a trip to the island of Islay, in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. That trip was before either of us were really into camping or cycling that much so it was very new to us. Ever since that trip we said they we would come back and explore the island some more. Fast forward about 6 years to May 2023, and we finally have organised that trip again. 6 years on we are also now both much more experience cyclists and campers and hopefully a bit more prepared for this trip. While I’m not (yet) a Fustle bike owner, the guys at Fustle very kindly let me borrow one of their demo bikes for the trip.
We didn’t really have any specific plans for the trip other than to get the boat from Ballycastle to Islay, cycle across Islay, get the boat to Jura, explore some of Jura, cycle to Craighouse, then get the ferry back to Islay and explore some of Islay.
Two sisters Andrea Harrower & Cathy Booth, both who are very close friends of Fustle founders Alastair & Julie, on two bikes took on 480 miles in an epic two day endurance event cycling around the whole of NI to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer Nipanc (Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer Charity).
We packed up one of our Fustle Causeway Control demo bikes and shipped it out to the guys at Bikeperfect to see what they made of it. Read what Guy Kestevens thoughts on it where below.
I don’t often share my thoughts so bluntly, and if I’m honest, I mostly tend to sanitise each word that comes from my mouth.
This holiday season marks the end of year 3 since we launched Fustle to the public and it’s been both exciting and excruciating all at the same time.