Our party of eight set out from Laggan Locks at 10.30am, the weather was fine and warm we headed into a light north easterly breeze as we passed some superb scenery on our way to Fort Augustus. It is quite understandable why we get so many tourists, just look around at the magnificent views. We arrived just in time for opening at the Lock Inn where a hearty lunch was enjoyed by all.Shortly after lunch our stalwarts embarked on the return trip. The north easterly prevailed despite the forecast and we had a very pleasant wind assisted trip back to Laggan Locks.We all enjoyed good company, good food, and splendid scenery.Thanks again to Ron for choosing the route and organising the event.
On Saturday morning 23rd September, nine Rotarians and friends met in Port Appin in time to board the 10 am the ferry to the Island of Lismore. We were very fortunate with the weather, with everyone enjoying a sunny dry morning combined with a freshening south-easterly blowing. The normal ferry is currently undergoing a refit and had been replaced with a largely covered rib, which was very efficient. Following two short trips, all the bikes and passengers were ferried across the Appin Sound to Lismore.
We all set off with the brisk southeasterly freshening and what can only be described as “a bit side on”. It was, however, a very manageable wind. Three miles later, we arrived at the local Community run cafe. This incorporated an Art Gallery, books and high-quality souvenirs. After enjoying tea, coffee and cakes we re-joined our bikes for the onward journey of five or six miles arriving at a high vantage point at the southern end of the island where we all enjoyed spectacular views of the surrounding islands and across the Firth of Lorne to Oban.
With the wind on our tails, we set off on the return trip once again stopping at the Community cafe. Continuing our cycle, Clive suggested a slight detour to the old Lime Kilns in Port Ramsay, which turned out to be a scenic and interesting diversion. Anne and David made good use of the spare minutes before the ferry by picking a very substantial quantity of luscious big brambles. Our cycle trip was mainly on good tarmac roads with very light vehicular traffic. The route was surprisingly hilly and a bit testing at times but good for the heart rate. The total distance covered was approximately seventeen miles with time on the island just over five hours.
Once again big thanks to Ron for the organisation and to all participants for the wonderful company on our Island of Lismore trip.
On Saturday second September, a group of eight Rotarians and friends set off from Laggan Locks at 10.30am. We travelled two miles along the very scenic Canal Path towards the Great Glen Water Park where we met up with Rotarian Paul Brian. Our increased number then headed three miles to Aberchalder and from there a further five miles and a bit to Fort Augustus. The Canal seems to have a life of its own with the activity from walkers, cyclists, boats, and canoeists. The beautiful Canal side cottages are even better than a “chocolate box” appearance. We were blessed with perfect weather which enhanced the whole trip.
Arriving in Fort Augustus, we all decided that the Lock Inn would make a good venue for lunch. Bikes were securely parked and locked and we adjourned for food and refreshments. Most of us enjoyed fish and chips (Buckie Haddock) and I am sure my friends would agree it was the best fish and chips ever. Following lunch, we set out on the return trip which was just as enjoyable as the sun was still shining. We arrived back at Laggan Locks in good time where we loaded up the bikes, exchanged fond farewells and headed home. The distance covered was 22.7 miles with a cycling time of just over three hours. Huge thanks to Ron for all organisation and a big thank you to friends who joined us. The company was most enjoyable and the outing very worthwhile.
A possible next adventure is to Lismore on 23rd September. Everyone will be welcome to join us.
Despite atrocious weather, the party of nine Rotarians, Partners and friends set off from a mile south of Duror at 1030 am to cycle to the Creagan Inn. We arrived in good time to enjoy an excellent lunch there.For our return journey, the wind had turned from south-west to north-west with the conditions improving dramatically. Thanks to Ron’s local knowledge, we took a diversion over the Jubilee Bridge at Appin. This proved to be a popular decision with the team. Unfortunately, David Mee sustained a puncture, which was rapidly repaired with a new inner tube provided by Ron and ably fixed by David. We arrived back at the car park in Duror, loaded the bikes and headed off to Ann & David Thompson’s home for coffee, tea & biscuits. Big thanks to David & Ann.
The total distance covered was about eighteen miles. Thanks to all who took part and a big thanks to Ron for the organisation. A very enjoyable trip.
Our next Bike Ride will be on 2nd September to Fort Augustus with various starting points – details will follow. A possible future trip to Lismore is also in the planning stage.