Report on the summer outing.
It seems rather a long time ago now, but our summer outing was the beginning of June and, as such, was just too late to make the last magazine, hence the delay.
We decided to return to the Isle of Bute which we visited a couple of years ago and although the weather was not quite as good, we still had a great day, but with a different slant. Arriving in Rothesay we jumped on a bus to Mount Stuart House intending to do the tour of the house. Unfortunately, however, the times were not suitable so we decided to have some lunch back in Rothesay and afterwards took the open top bus tour round the island.
This proved to be an excellent decision for, by now, the sun had come out and for an hour and a half we lapped up the beautiful scenery which the island has to offer and we learnt some really interesting facts about Bute from our driver’s brilliant commentary.
Before boarding our return ferry we had a lovely meal and a glass of wine in the Victoria Hotel, thus rounding off a most enjoyable trip.
With holidays etc intervening, our walks in July and August are very much decisions made as we assemble on the day and are usually very locally based.
Nevertheless, in August nine of us had a lovely afternoon walking from the Church to Hazelden Road and across towards the White Cart Flood Prevention Plant, which is in lovely, quiet countryside and feels as if you are miles away! Then you come out on Titwood Road, you see just how near you are to civilisation! We were so lucky because the weather was perfect and, given that is was during the August monsoon period, to get a two hour window of balmy sunshine was nothing short of a miracle!
The plan for September is to visit Gleniffer Braes which has become a bit of a perennial as it offers various options.
Cathkin Braes is the thought for our October walk but, as always, we have to factor in the weather, which can result in a quick change of plan.
We meet in the Church car park at 1.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. New members are most welcome.