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.