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Shore Lodge, Isle of Arran

posted 14 Sep 2018, 08:48 by Simon Li   [ updated 14 Sep 2018, 08:49 ]

31 Aug - 3 Sep

Arran Souwester Slabs

Arrived by cycle Claonaig early morning via Comrie, Dalmallay and Kilmartin,
Sail to Lochranza, Disco Slippers (cycling shoes) but no dancing shoes for Ceilidh,
Slept day, slept night, but still time for 5 meals


Rode long way round to Brodick by Pirnmill, Thundergay, Lagg, Kildonnan
Nice day, Spotted hub caps in trees!
Wooden hut in castle grounds, very nice, but flawed, nit-pickers delight!
Paw Patrol cake, whisky too, tall tales of age!
Time for Birthday boy’s tea
Pub closed! Long walk for tea.
Nice burgers, chips not to Pete’s delight.
Fumble home in the dark.


Cloud down, dull day
Woodland walk, Creepy Cabin found
Water rushing, can’t see Eas Mohr for mist.
Ridges walked, Shores Traipsed
Porpoises seen, cheat crumble bought.
Biryani and crumble scoffed.
Second best DMC curry ever.


Still cloudy, can’t be bothered
Holy island sailing sought, tempting…
Spirits lifted, off to the boat.
Little tub to Buddhist Island
Caves and paintings, horses and light houses
Katrina offending Goats!
Group split, off into the mist Katrina and Chimed go.
The rest stay on the shore
Tea and biscuits, before the boat
Well behaved, Swift half in the pub (Jim’s gone home).
Pasta baked, nae cheese corner for Niall.


Home time looms, on the bike
Dull and boring Ayrshire route
Lost in Ardrossan… Shudder.
Across the clagged in muirs I rode
As Rain comes down, and Kelty looms
While on the island
Goatfell’s scaled and South Ridge Direct Conquered !
In glorious sunshine, a tall tale?
Sadly not!

- Niall