Cycling duo stop at Peterhead

Maggie Scorer and Oscar
Maggie Scorer and Oscar
  • Maggie Scorer and dog Oscar on tour of Britain
  • Reached Peterhead after stop at Cruden Bay
  • Raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and SANDS

One woman, one dog and one bike are currently making their way around Britain in the name of charity.

Maggie Scorer and her beloved four-legged friend Oscar have been on the road since March 14, and made a pit stop in Peterhead on Wednesday, April 22.

The pair’s challenge began in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and will see them travel over 5,000 miles in total before finishing by the end of September.

Grandmother of eight, Maggie, decided to take on the challenge in aid of two charities close to her heart - Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and stillbirth and neonatal death charity SANDS.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Maggie said: “I wanted to go off on a challenge and I originally wanted to walk but it would have taken too long and I didn’t want to leave my dog behind.”

Maggie is really a sailor at heart but as she has already sailed halfway around the world with Oscar, she wanted to do something different.

Golden retreiver Oscar

Golden retreiver Oscar

Seven-year-old Golden Retriever Oscar spends his time on the road in a Dutch-designed ‘Doggie Ride’ attached to the back of Maggie’s bike and he seems to be loving every minute of it as Maggie explained: “He is so chilled and has been really good.

“He adapts to each new location and situation, and is happy to meet new people along the way.”

Maggie aims to cover between 20 to 30 miles each day and tries to reach her next location as early as she can to ensure both she and Oscar get plenty of rest before their next journey.

Maggie is enjoying her cycle tour but admits she doesn’t take in a lot of the sights as she explained: “As I’m focusing on the roads I haven’t really seen a lot.

He (Oscar) adapts to each new location and situation, and is happy to meet new people along the way.

Maggie Scorer

“I take an average of one day off out of five so in my spare time I make notes of places that I like the look of to make sure I come back and explore them.”

After their stop in the Blue Toon, Maggie and Oscar left for Banff, deciding to take the old railway route to avoid the roads.

Before they made it to Peterhead, the pair stopped at the Kilmarnock Arms in Cruden Bay.

Their future stops will see them visit Inverness and the Black Isle, before heading over to Ullapool and the Hebrides.

To follow Maggie and Oscar’s journey visit www.dogontour.co.uk and donate to their online fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MaggieScorer.

Maggie hopes to raise £25,000.