[quote="bearonabike"]Going slightly off topic that flipping bridge was the scariest part of my LEJOG. I rode the first few yards but the bridge has quite low sides and it was a complete no brainer to get off and walk. /quote]
I'm so pleased to see I'm not the only person who thought this. I've cycled (or tried to cycle) over all the main estuary bridges in the country and found the Kessock Bridge easily the scariest bridge I've ever had the misfortune to find myself on. How it could be included as part of an NCN route I cannot understand. It is narrow and has low railings on one side, with a long drop down to the water, and fast moving traffic inc many large lorries coming past or towards you just a few inches away. The first time I went onto it my partner rode across and I ventured after her and froze in fear a few yards out, unable to move any further, and found the cyclepath too narrow to easily turn round in to return. Somehow I eventually managed to walk across, but how I did it I don't know. It was, at least, a fairly calm day, and I was going downhill (i.e. towards Inverness), what it would be like when the wind is blowing hard and you have to slog up the slope I cannot imagine.
A few years later, on my coastal ride and alone, I came to it again. It was a lovely sunny day and calm, so steeled myself to try again. Got about 2 feet onto it, retraced my steps backwards and rode the 30 miles or so via Beauly instead. This was much more preferable, despite running into a thunderstorm halfway round with some of the most torrential rain I've ever met.
Bring back the Kessock ferry, please!