Sunday 26 July 2009

Dunaverty Bay

On the final day of our walk we went from Saddell on the East cost to Gobagrenan on the Lussa Loch. We then drove to the south end of Kintyre just to see the end of the Kintyre Way as we did not have time to complete the full 87 miles. The village of Southend is nearby and i would reccomend the tea room there as it is like going back in time with the tea room displaying loads of artifacts fronm the 50s and 60s.John was not with us on the Friday as he had returned to Edinburgh for a Golf Competition. He unfortunately missed a glorious day and the view of Nortern Ireland from Dunavery Bay was just stunning.

The Paps of Jura

Wherever we went on the Kintyre Way our view was dominated by Islands. On the East coast it was Arran and on the west coast it was Gigha and Jura.

John and some Cattle

In the 15 years John and I have been walking together we have had some close encounters with cattle and usually try to give them a wide berth these days. On Thursday however we walked from Brackley to Tayinloan with John and Gavin walking one way and Martin & Tom the other and we gave them the car key at the halfway point. We met at the windfarm where Tom advised that they had met a lot of cattle with calves and had given them a wide berth. We however decided to be brave and walked right past them and they never batted an eye although as the photograph shows John was not very happy.

A welcome pint and good food

We were very fortunate to find a nice Hotel for most of our meals as we eat in the Argyll Hotel, Bellochantuy for three nights.The food and service was excellent and the view from the dining room accross to Gigha and the Paps of Jura were stunning.

One small leap for Tom

Clachan to Tayinloan

On Tuesday we walked 10 miles from Claonaig to Clachan accross the Kintyre Peninsular but unfortunately the weather was so wet that i never got a chance to take any photographs. It was however the last rain we had and for the rest of the week we had superb weather. The following photos are of the walk from Clachan to Tayinloan which followed the coast for 10 miles. Although there were no hills the walking was quite difficult in places as we were on shingle or very stony beaches or soft sand.

Kintyre Way Walk

On Monday 20th July Tom and I headed for Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsular to join Martin & John who had gone up on Saturday. We travelled by Ferry to Arran from Ardrossan and then by the small ferry from Lochranza to Claonaig where we were met by John & Martin along with Sandria and Aileen to start the first leg of our Kintyre Walk a distance od 12 miles to Tarbert. Sandria and Aileen walked with us for the first 2 miles along the shore to Skipness and then they returned to travel back to Edinburgh.When we started the walk we had a very heavy shower of rain but the weather soon improved and it was dry for the remainder of the day.

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Saundesfoot, Wales

We have just spent the last few days in Saundesfoot, West Wales staying at Doreen & Norman's Caravan. We last stayed there in June 07 and it rained every day. It was slightly better this time with it raining 4 days out of 6 but when it rained it absolutely poured down.
The above photos are of me at Saundersfoot beach and Gaye at Carew Mill near Haverfordwest.

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