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No snow but plenty of sand!

Posted in Ardeer, Ayrshire, Holderness, Stevenston with tags , , , on January 2, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

Another windy day but not too wet so we decided to go for a wander along Ardeer beach below the former Nobel Explosives site between Stevenston and Irvine.

We parked the car at Stevenston (NS270401) and set off south-east with the breeze behind us. It wasn’t long until we came across an image of Rabbie Burns on the sea defences along with accompanying grafitti!

Rabbie Burns

Rabbie Burns

A little further along I thought for a minute that I’d been transported back to Holderness and its eroding coastline. I suspect, dramatic as it looks, the Ayrshire coast will take a bit more of a battering before it disintegrates as quickly as the East Riding boulder clay!

Eroding Ayrshire Coastline

Eroding Ayrshire Coastline

Eventually we reached the River Garnock as it enters the Clyde at Irvine with the now closed bridge to the now defunct “Big Idea” aka the Tellytubby House!

River Garnock at Irvine

River Garnock at Irvine

Laa-Laa says "Eh Oh"!

Laa-Laa says "Eh Oh"!

Elaina then did an impression of Laa-Laa before we headed back across sand dunes before dropping back down to the beach for the long walk back to Stevenston. There may have been lots of snow up north but as the following photos show at least we were able to have a bit of a slide in the sand!

Going...

Going...

...going...

...going...

...gone!

...gone!

We finally got back to the car just as it was getting dark and before the tide came in! Another cracking wander and one we will need to do again with Craig!

Portencross Wander

Posted in Ayrshire with tags , on March 31, 2011 by ayrshiretiger

Just a quick post about a wander we had at the weekend to Portencross, a hidden corner of North Ayrshire.

Portencross Castle has now been fully restored but unfortunately I didn’t take any photos! It wasn’t open but I’m sure we’ll be back in the summer for a proper look round.

We had a good scramble around the rocks and got great views across to Little Cumbrae.

Craig enjoying the view to Little Cumbrae

Craig enjoying the view to Little Cumbrae

Craig enjoying the rocks!

Craig enjoying the rocks!

We then followed the good path north towards Hunterston Power Station. Further on we deviated from the path to have a wander through a lovely wood which had lots of wild garlic – much to Craig’s amusement we persuaded him to eat some! There were also plenty of opportunities for tree climbing…

Craig in his natural habitat!

Craig in his natural habitat!

It's hard work climbing trees!

It's hard work climbing trees!

Above the wood is an interesting rock formation known as the Three Sisters above which we kept seeing a Buzzard being hounded by the local seagulls! Unfortunately it was too far away to get a decent photo.

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

We must have spent about four hours wandering covering all of two miles, but I think that shows just how interesting this wee corner of Ayrshire is. We will definitely be back now the nights are getting lighter!

Muishiel pathless wanderings…

Posted in Ayrshire, Muirshiel Regional Park with tags , on May 8, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

The weather was fantastic today (don’t believe everything you hear about West of Scotland weather!) so I spent the morning playing cricket with Craig in the garden.

We then had a lovely afternoon having a wander around the Muirshiel hills. We parked at the Visitor Centre at NS315633 just after 1pm and made our way up our usual route to Windy Hill (NS318638).

Craig on Windy Hill with  Craig Minnan behind

Craig on Windy Hill with Craig Minnan behind

Then it was on to the appropriately named Craig Minnan (NS322641). We had a quick bite and photo then headed on to The Heddles which sound like something out of a Harry Potter book!

Ayrshire Tiger and Ayrshire Cub on Craig Minnan

Ayrshire Tiger and Ayrshire Cub on Craig Minnan

I also took the chance to show Craig how to use a map and compass which he seemed to pick up quite well. And he also seemed to enjoy the fact that there were no paths…like father, like son!

Craig navigating!

Craig navigating!

From there we headed south west to pick up a track back to the Visitor Centre but not before we had a bit of river crossing practice!

River crossing practice

River crossing practice

Unfortunately the Visitor Centre had closed at 4pm and it was now nearly 5pm so we headed back down the road for a bit more cricket before rewarding ourselves with a chinese takeaway!

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!