Archive for September, 2008

Ayshire Cub on Conic Hill

Posted in Ayrshire, Hull City with tags , , on September 29, 2008 by ayrshiretiger

Well what a wonderful weekend!

Jennifer was gallavanting with a friend in London so it was a boys weekend for myself and Craig.  On Saturday afternoon we went to Eglinton Park, our local country park, which had an open day whcih allowed us to go up the last remaining tower of the ruined castle there.

View from tower of Eglinton Castle

View from tower of Eglinton Castle

Then we went to watch the Tigers take on Arsenal away.  To be honest we would have settled for a 1-0 defeat but were amazed that after going 1-0 down just 5 minutes into the second half we managed to come back to win 2-1.  Unbelievable especially as Arsenal hadn’t even let a goal in at home never mind dropped any points!

And on Sunday we went to Conic Hill with Elaina for a cracking wee walk…

Ayrshire Tiger and Cub on Conic Hill

Ayrshire Tiger and Cub on Conic Hill

Ayrshire Cub being watched by Highland Coo!

Ayrshire Cub being watched by Highland Coo!

All in all a perfect weekend!

Next weekend it’s a trip to Arran with Air Na Creagan Mountaineering Club so hoping that the weather picks up!

Rum Adventure

Posted in Rum with tags , , , on September 23, 2008 by ayrshiretiger

Well what a cracking weekend!  We headed up to Mallaig on Saturday morning to catch the lunchtime ferry to Rum.  Leaving Glasgow just after 7.30 to give us time for breakfast at The Real Food Cafe seemed like a good plan until we discovered it didn’t open until 10am!  So instead we carried on to the Craft & Things Cafe in Glencoe.  Still, we had plenty of time didn’t we…until we hit the road works first on the road into Fort William and then on the road to Mallaig…but we made it with about ten minutes to spare!

Stayed at Kinloch Castle which was excellent.

Kinloch Castle, Rum

Kinloch Castle, Rum

Unfortunately our luck didn’t extend to the weather which was overcast and blustery.  And so it stayed through Saturday and Sunday so plans to do the Rum Cuilin were replaced with walks out to Kilmory Bay and Harris.  Both great days with plenty of wildlife including deer, Highland Cattle, goats and best of all White Tailed Sea Eagles!

Kilmory Bay, Rum

Kilmory Bay, Rum

Harris Mausoleum, Rum

Harris Mausoleum, Rum

Monday eventually saw much better weather that allowed us to a quick dash up Barkeval.

Stag on Rum Cuillin

Stag on Rum Cuillin

before heading for the ferry at 3pm.

Homeward bound...looking back to Eigg and Rum

Homeward bound...looking back to Eigg and Rum

A long journey back but so looking forward to going back sometime.  And I do just have to add that the highlight of the weekend was Jamie’s transformation from reluctant International Speak Like a Pirate Day participant to fully fledged pirate…

Jamie the Pirate!

Jamie the Pirate!

The only disappointment was the Tigers throwing away a 2-0 lead against Everton…still it’s another point closer to avoiding relegation!

Ballachulish Sunshine!

Posted in Munros with tags , , , on September 9, 2008 by ayrshiretiger

Yes, I’m back, mainly due to ptc* pestering me! 😉

Apparently it’s been raining a bit down south but the forecast for the West Highlands was dry and sunny so we headed for Ballachulish to do the Beinn a’ Bheithir Horseshoe.  And a cracking weekend it was too!

Sgorr Dhearg from Sgor Bhan

Sgorr Dhearg from Sgor Bhan

Looking down on Ballachulish and Loch Leven

Looking down on Ballachulish and Loch Leven

We parked the car at the church on the A82 and walked back to the village, past the school and on towards Sgor Bhan.  Some fine scrambling quickly saw us gain height giving a fantastic panoramic view from Mull in the west, across to Ardgour with Eigg and Rum beyond, the Mamores and Nevis to the north and of course Glencoe in the east. Could also pick out Ben Lui and Ben Cruachan to the south.

Looking over to Ardgour

Looking over to Ardgour

Stayed at Bob and Chris’s excellent B&B in Kinlochleven on Saturday night.  More fine weather on Sunday saw us head for a lovely woodland walk up to Blackwater Reservoir.  Returned via the conduit before hitting the West Highland Way back to Kinlochleven and then bumped into the aforementioned ptc* and family.

Looking forward to a trip to Rum in a couple of weeks – I will post a report – honest!