Golf, goats and grisly rain

As suspected the strong easterly winds cramped our style a little, after our arrival in Scotland; and when we did move on, it was with the moderate winds and clear blue skies we’ve become accustomed to. Next stop was a short hop up the coast to Troon, where, after the disappointment of missing a Stranraer home game, I was hoping to ‘get-in’ a quick round on the ‘old’ course.

The opening fairway







Imagine my indignation at being refused entry – because my sailing wellies were deemed to be ‘inappropriate footwear’!┬áSo, we had to make do, instead, with what must be the cheapest laundrette in the entire British Isles, where we washed everything we had – sails included.

On then to the first of the islands, Arran, under another blue cloudless sky. The island is dominated by Goat Fell – small for a Scottish mountain, but beautiful nonetheless.

Goat Fell, Arran







Unfortunately this signalled the end of what has been an exceptional period of fine weather – since leaving, we have only had one wet day – as we woke to leaden grey skies and a constant heavy drizzle. We were only going a short distance to Largs, but we were both soaked by the time we arrived. Presents aplenty were waiting for us in Largs – mast spares from the Meakins, and confectionery from the Pountains – and they cheered us up immensely! Sadly, the short-term forecast is for more rain, but we really can’t complain; and we look forward to more balmy weather(?!) in the days ahead.

Having fun!

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5 Responses to Golf, goats and grisly rain

  1. Steve Walker says:

    Nice to see a few yachts in your pictures. You mustn’t be feeling so lonely now. But by the schools hols you’ll be miles away!

  2. The Meakins says:

    We told you that you should’ve bought some crocs!

  3. Peter Slimming says:

    Oops, a senior moment, I’ve just put a comment on your “setting out” blog, so will try again! Congrats on getting so far so quickly – almost spooky how we stopped in most of the same places, including Pwllheli, Douglas, Bangor. Just catching up after 3 weeks in Mauritius (life’s a bitch!), preceded by Louise and Dan’s wedding. Will be in Scotland (by car) around end of June, so slow down!

  4. John Mcgrandle says:

    Glad to see you you made the west coast in glorious conditions. Have just spent the best part of the last week up there myself. The easterlies might not have been ideal for yourselves but they have been keeping the air as clear as I have ever seen it in Scotland. Loads of pictures taken round Inverness, Ben Nevis, Oban and Barra (quite tropical!). Flew over Stranraer and Loch Ryan on way back one day but couldn’t spot Vela down below. Believe it or not I was looking.
    Glad you are making good progress and regards to you both.

    John —— In Blackpool.

  5. Trevor says:

    The confectionary could make a small mast if used carefully. Don’t suck it all at once. Hope the weather improves a bit for you, though the scenery is dramatic anyway. Remember if you can see the mountains it is probably going to rain, if you can’t it is raining already! Mike you must be snatching that main up sooo easily after all that upper body work.

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