Adventures of the Early Ooters

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Cumbrae 22 March

Allan, Dougie, Ian, Jim, Johnny, Kenny R, Kenny T, Malcolm, Paul, Rex, Robert

Seventies rock group: The Glaid Stones
On a clear morning with a chill wee wind, we took the 10.15am ferry to Cumbrae for our familiar route march. Leaving the slipway we made our way up to the Glaid Stone in double quick time, took some pictures, and decided it was too cold and windy to stop there for coffee. Making our way down, thankfully sheltered from the elements, a stop was called for at some roadside benches. Johnny decided it was still too cold to stop, so he ventured on, with Allan in tow, until the usual lunch shelter was reached at the helipad.

I wandered lonely as a ...!
They were soon joined by the rest and a question was posed i.e. ‘Could we make the 2pm ferry back?’
Leaving at 12.25 we marched up the far side of the island straight into the chill wind, trying to follow the pace set by Rex and Dougie. We didn’t stop until the slipway was reached, just in time for the aforementioned ferry. Ten and a half miles in three and a half hours including the lunch stop. It’s amazing what can be achieved when a certain man and his dug don’t hold you back! Seriously though, there were some sair feet by the time we had finished. It’s also maybe just as well that Alan was away fishin’.
FRT was taken at Wetherspoon’s in Largs, just in time for their beer festival. The banter was good, as were the chips!
Head in the clouds

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Arrangements for Wed 29th March

The plan is to walk Conic Hill near Balmaha. Meet at 10.30 in the Balmaha car park for a roundabout walk up Conic Hill. Minimal food required as lunch is planned in the pub at the foot of the hill. In the event of a disastrous forecast check the blog for a more local sheltered walk around 7.00p.m.on the Tuesday night.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Seven Peaks 15 March

Alan, Allan, Dougie, Gus, Ian, Johnny, Kenny R, Kenny T, Malcolm, Rex, Robert

We’ve done the four tops in the past but today saw us pursue a new goal – the Seven Peaks. This would require stamina, determination, and above all, a realisation of knowing when to stop!
After a leisurely coffee at the Concert Hall, we took the relatively short walk over to Glasgow Cathedral to take in the wonders of the building. We had access to most of the building but the main area of worship was holding Hutchesons’ Grammar School Founders’ Day Commemoration Service. Before too long, this came to a conclusion and we watched as the great and the good exited. We then went  in ourselves for a look-round. As we left the Cathedral we were joined by Rex who had been delayed in arriving due a doctor’s appointment, and the eleven of us headed up to the Necropolis for a half-hour’s wander. From the highest point, we were able to observe our next challenge i.e. conquering the Seven Peaks of the Drygate Brewery.
Recommended by Rex, Dougie had, through his contacts, managed to obtain a discount for us, albeit we had to be honorary members of Prestwick Cricket Club Walking Group for the day. Seven Peaks is the Brewery’s logo and is representative of the seven peaks of the brewery’s roof. Having been seated, we were each treated to four samples of their beers (a third of a pint each) whilst the brand ambassador explained the differences and the history of the brewery and restaurant. Well done to him! (Sorry, your scribe has forgotten his name). Most of the beers were approximately 5% in strength, but he did advise us that their Fourteen Peaks ale was approaching 10%. Where’s Davie C when you need him?
Having sampled the beers, and beginning to feel the effects, the food came at the right time, just in time, you’ve guessed it, to accompany a further round of drinks. We were sensible today and left the brewery, refreshed, but still compos mentis.
The facility was similar in many ways to the West Brewery, but maybe a bit more convivial and the food was good. This was a really good day out with another height scaled for the Ooters
Thanks to Rex ‘Slips’ Porter for the recommendation and to Dougie ‘Long Leg’ Muir for organising the lunch and demonstration. We need to return, at some stage, with Davie ‘Short Leg’ Clunie!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Arrangements for Wed 22nd March

Meet in Largs at the ferry terminal around 10.00.a.m. The walk will be our usual Millport circular.
The walk for the following week is Conic hill near Balmaha.