Shore Lodge, Isle of Arran (Aug 2018)

31 Aug – 3 Sep


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!

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