Great family day out last Saturday in the Bongo. Fully loaded with snacks and supplies we set off down the West Coast. The weather was pretty poor when we left home (snowing) but the forecast was much better for where we were heading.
First stop was Ayr beach. I took Eva for a walk along the beach while lunch was being prepared. A mad concoction of tinned spaghetti and hot dogs which went down surprisingly well. We all then went another walk along the beach which was freezing & windy but the sun was visible so a very pleasant wee walk.
Back in the Bongo then on to our next destination, Turnberry. We parked up at the side of the road then had a nice walk through the golf course to the Lighthouse. Some further info about Turnberry here if you are interested: http://www.turnberry.co.uk and it is quite interesting to be honest, especially the part it played in the wars.
We explored the area for a while before returning to Nevis and setting off to Girvan for sunset. And what a sunset it was. Quite cloudy but that only added to the dramatic sunset we were lucky enough to witness from a perfect spot. The sun going down behind Ailsa Craig as viewed from Girvan beach was quite stunning. And what better way to capture it than with Nevis providing some foreground interest.
Dinner was cooked up in the Bongo, Irish Stew & potatoes (classic) and then it was time to head home. What a great day and again the family team work around meal times and washing up was great 🙂
Some Ailsa Craig info as copied from Wikipedia:
Ailsa Craig (Creag Ealasaid) is an island of 99 hectares (240 acres) in the outer Firth of Clyde, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from mainland Scotland, upon which blue hone granite was quarried to make curling stones. The now uninhabited island is formed from the volcanic plug of an extinct volcano.
The island, colloquially known as “Paddy’s milestone”, was a haven for Catholics during the Scottish Reformation in the 16th century, but is today a bird sanctuary, providing a home for huge numbers of gannets and an increasing number of puffins.
The island is owned by Archibald, Marquess of Ailsa, but since May 2011 has been up for sale. By March 2013 the asking price was for offers over £1,500,000, down from the original asking price of £2,500,000.