can hear the collective groans but I'm doing this again. This roundabout is
south of the Ayrshire seaside town of Girvan. A stone fishing boat with the couthy phrase "Whit's yer hurry?" on the side. Does this mean
"what's your hurry to leave this beautiful town" or is it a general
road safety message? The wording on the other side is "Home of Ailsa
Craig" - a lovely local girl I'm sure.
Tent....check, sleeping bag....check, Amazon rain forest
insect repellent.....check, enough waterproof clothing to survive a biblical
flood....check. Ah the pleasures of a weekend camping trip to the Scottish
Applecross is a tiny coastal village in the remote Northwest
Highlands of Scotland. Famous because access is via a spectacular climb over
Bealach na Ba (the Pass of the Cattle)
This area is a very sparsely populated wilderness with many
lochs, mountains, moors and great roads with very little traffic. Rare things in
our crowded little island.
Our party was myself (FJ1200), Norman & Terry (both MZ
Skorpions), Mike (Triumph Sprint ST) & Gareth (Kawa KLE500)
I took lots of photographs because it is a truly epic
Loch Achtriochtan, Glencoe
Rock cairns at Loch Loyne
Eilean Donan Castle
View from the Skye Bridge
Bealach na Ba
Applecross - sun over the Inner Sound and Isle of Raasay
I took a run down to the Lake District (NW England) at the
end of last month for a ride over Hardknott & Wrynose Passes. These are a
bit of a challenge especially on a big bike like the FJ. The road is narrow &
very steep in places and bumpy. The secret is to look ahead and avoid meeting
other traffic because you do not want to stop. My CBF250 would have been better
over the passes but a slog on the 100 miles of motorway here and back.
Before I got to the passes I rode through the village of
Burgh By Sands (west of Carlisle) and took a photograph of this old church.
Turns out that the church (St Michael's) has a bit of history. Located at the
west end of Hardian's Wall the church was built in the late 12C from stone from
the wall. The fortified tower was added in the 14C to protect the people &
their livestock from the Border Reivers. King Edward I aka
"Longshanks" aka "Hammer of the Scots" aka Patrick McGoohan
from "Braveheart" died near the village en route to fighting the
Scots in 1307 and was laid out in the church.
I continued along the Solway Coast. I think this is a seldom
visited area but I like it.