Mountain biking routes, outings, walking, and general outdoors based in Scotland
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Culzean and Turnberry
Got out on the mountain bikes yesterday with a little group of family and friends. Starting at Goats Green at Croy shore through Culzean, coffee and cake at Maidens then a loop out to Turnberry Lighthouse and castle widely accepted as Robert the Bruce's birthplace. Not a very strenuous day in the saddle but very nice with an extra coffee stop at Culzean Country Park Centre.
Yesterday Tom and I got out on the bikes for a bit, just a short outing Eglinton to Dundonald, a nice little route with a coffee stop at Dundonald Castle visitor centre. Its getting near the season end for this coffe stop the castle and centre close at the end of October until the beginning of April. Back home I decided to fill the nice sunny afternoon with a bit more cycling so I took myself up over Fairle moor to work up a bit of a sweat, it goes up to 1000ft and has a cracking view over the Clyde to Arran.
Today was another nice and warm and sunny day good enough for a bit more cycling. Anne and I put the bikes on the car and went up to Erskine to cycle into the city (Glasgow) along the canal to Port Dundas stopping off for a pub lunch at Lock 27. The last time we were along the canal it was in 2000 during the foot and mouth outbreak when the coutryside was out of bounds, at that time the canal was in quite a sad state now though its generally wonderful a really nice linear park all the way into town (and back). Photos below.
The weather has been unsettled of late and the mud is getting established but I've managed a few short outings on the mountain bike mainly beach and Goldenberry Hill. Yesterday though Anne and I did one of our regular walks from Fairlie to Largs and back along the sea front. There is a new cycle track leading off this and with the burn crossing getting neglected it starting to get difficult along the rough way. I got over the burn OK but Anne was struggling so I went off and got an extra big rock to give her a shorter step instead I just gave her s good soaking when I threw it into the water, it was funny though.