Mountain biking routes, outings, walking, and general outdoors based in Scotland
Friday, July 24, 2009
Culzean Castle through the folly
I wanted to shoot some large format pinhole today so thought we'd go down to Culzean for a walk and photo shoot. The day just got brighter and brighter, really very nice indeed. We walked in from Maidens to get a free entry and made our way to the visitor centre for a spot of lunch, a few stops along the way for some photos and sight seeing. Lovely day out.
I went over to Fenwick moor today to have a MTB outing around the windfarm. I'd got a map off the internet and thought I'd get a nice loop out of it. Well how wrong I was, the map turned out to be a work of fiction with the windfarm is still closed for constrction work. The visitor centre wasn't finished so I ended up going into the forest at Carrot near Eaglesham. Nice little rough climb from there up to the windfarm and some good views up on the windfarm roads but plodding around the tracks was rather dull, then the rain started so I got out as fast as I could. Its too exposed up there to hang about when the weather goes sour. A bit of a disappointing outing, I think I'll give it until next spring before I give Fenwick Moor another visit on the bike.
Still quite warm today, so I thought the coolest activity would be a bike ride, taking a few photos on route. For some time I've fancied getting a pinhole photo of Laigh Kirk in Kilmarnock my old hometown so I thought starting the cycle run from Dean Park would give me a chance to get the picture I fancied. There is a nice loop for the mountain bike out to Galston and back via Hurlford, not too long and with some photo opportunities on the way, that's where we headed after my photo stop at Laigh Kirk and a bit of mid morning coffee. It was a delightful cycle run just right for the weather and for length, loved it.
Video above of yesterdays short MTB outing between the showers and evening rain.
Today Anne and I had a walk up into the quarry on Kaim hill to admire the views and PM I did a bit of a 'training' run over Fairlie moor, surprisingly I found it quite easy, must have been the wind assistance again.
Anne and I played at tourists yesterday and visited the Falkirk Wheel, not by bike although there were lots of cyclists around, we did it the lazy way by car. Quite a contraption and a piece of original engineering I did think though it is getting a bit tatty and in need of a bit of TLC. We parted with £7.50 each and took the short gondola trip up to the top through the tunnel and back. The day was clear so we got the best of the views. See some photos below.
Today I managed a day of cycling but in three parts, AM my cycling pal Tom and I had a short cycle on an Eglinton Dalgarven loop. He had visitors coming PM so had to be back sharp. Then Anne and I had a Hunterston Peninsula circuit starting down the beach track, through Thirdpart and looping to make a very pleasant figure of eight. The sun was shining, it was cool and clear, just lovely for a cycle. When we got back I had a little bite to eat and set off on the road bike over Fairlie moor. I've been doing it a few times recently to try and get a bit of fitness back into my legs. I think its working, today felt a lot easier, although that may just have been the wind direction.
Haven't been doing a lot on the bikes recently, an ascent and decent of Kaim hill a while back, a bit of short stuff over Goldenberry hill and a very pleasant loop at Lunderston Bay last week but nothing demanding. The past few days have been too warm for me to think about the mountain bike but I have been out a few times on the road bike. That way I can keep reasonably cool and still get a good outing. Yesterday Anne and I put the bikes on the car and went over to Dundonald, parking below the castle. We did a couple of hours along some lovely quiet lanes to Barnweil monument which commemorates the burning by William Wallace of the English garrison billeted in the barns of Ayr.
The past few months I've been taking lots of photographs mainly of the pinhole type. One great thing about pinhole cameras is you can make them youself to your own specification. I've made myself various pinhole cameras to do all sorts different things and generally had a great time making and using them. View a recent set below or use the sidebar to see my photo stream on Flickr.