A rather lovely sunny day in Largs…..

Wow so it really can get warm in Scotland as another bright sunny day laid ahead of us. We dropped the couple of miles down the lane into Largs and easily found off street parking at the bottom of the lane. We walked to the northern most part of the long promenade where Noddsdale water cuts this section of rather stony shoreline off from where we were yesterday. The tide was fully in…And wonderfully calm again.So we wandered along the fairly busy promenade for a couple of miles to the Yacht Club with fabulous views across the water of Largs.We passed by the Yacht Club beach which was quite stony.Before venturing down onto a little partly sandy cove just by the Pencil Monument.

Built to commemorate the battle of Largs in 1263, where the Scottish defeated the Norwegian Vikings. Pencil Beach, though quite stony with patches of lovely pink sand was an empty and welcome paddling spot for us both!

Next up was Castle Bay, again a mixture of sand and stones and being used by a junior sailing club.

And then back to Largs Bay, disappointingly nearly all stones with most people opting to picnic and play on the grass on the other side of the promenade but of course right up Poppydog’s street!

The town was busy but has a really nice atmosphere with the ice cream parlours and fish and chips a plenty.

Two thoughts of the day:

I’ve been told that you can get the best ice cream in Scotland here but I’m just not sure from which parlour!

Some promenades are just joyless concrete walkways – this one however a very happy place!

Back on the road again….

Well after a very enjoyable 10 days away, spending time with my Dad, (doing a fair bit of hard labour in his garden, I might add) and visiting friends, we’re back in Largs to pick up where we left off. The drive was a long one both there and back but we were very lucky with no traffic issues either way and the drive from the Lakes up to Glasgow is wonderfully scenic and the motorway quiet enough that you can actually enjoy it! As the sun had come out during the last 30 miles of our journey we took ourselves down to Meigle Bay (just north of Largs which was very busy) for a quiet dip and play in the clear shallows.

With not another soul in sight, the water completely calm and glassy and fabulous views of the Cumbrae Islands and Bute beyond it was idyllic.

Poppydog who had travelled without any fuss from 7.30am to 3pm (just one stop) was delighted to be running free and splashing about in the shallows. Video on Instagram under Freedombird.blog where incidentally I also post photos of my beach of the day.

Back on site we found the caravan tucked away in a field on its own (having been moved out of the main field by the site owners to make room for others in our absence as was agreed) and though we were unable to get it perfectly level (side to side) decided it was close enough for the next few nights! In full sun during the evening and in the shade of a tree in the morning – ideal.

Two thoughts of the day:

It was nice to take time out of our journey to visit friends and family but it is also nice to be back by the sea!

With the use of decent WiFi we have confirmed the rest of this year’s journey, heading across to Edinburgh on Thursday and then gradually making our way down the east coast of Scotland and Northumberland to Whitley Bay and then following the A1 down south visiting friends on the way as next year we shall explore the South Coast. Fear not though we shall be back to explore the rest of Scotland in the future.

A nice long walk from Seamill to Hunterston….

A little light rain overnight and then much as yesterday with a grey start and then gradually more sunshine through the afternoon. We picked up from Seamill, where we left off yesterday and joined the main beach which was a fairly narrow strip of soft pink sand and quiet enough for Poppydog to go off lead straight away.

At the end of the beach heading north we picked up the coastal path for a bit over Bastion Craig a rocky headland and then we were soon back down on Ardneil Bay, another lovely pink sandy bay.

As the beach was empty we played for awhile before rejoining the coastal path which took us past Portencross Castle.

With it’s small mostly shingle little bay and a pretty little harbour.

Just beyond the harbour was a short pier which was packed with local kids (though quite where they had all come from I can’t be sure as there are precious few houses around) looking to be settling in for a bit if a party! The coast is all rocky along here but a pleasant enough walk along the grassy bank with views out to Little and Great Cumbrae Islands and of course the ever present Isle of Arran.

Then came the rather boring trudge through Hunterston Nuclear Power Station which seemed to go on for ever!

Once out the other side we saw a large area of light blue water, almost like a whirlpool in the sea and almost certainly something to do with the Power Station…

Before arriving at the rather unappealing looking Hunterston Sands….

And Southannan Sands beyond…

This was our turning point and we followed an inland cycle track through farmland most of the way back to Seamill, with maybe the last mile or so being a footpath alongside the main road. Once back in Seamill we took a quick peek down at the beach again to check on the low tide position – how lovely!

A lone yacht against the stunning silhouette of Arran….

On the way back we popped out of the car to take a quick look at Fairlie Sands as we probably won’t have time for a proper visit unless they are really special and they aren’t!

A fair 9 mile jaunt for us today!

Two thoughts of the day:

We are taking a bit of a break and leaving the caravan here, whilst we head down to Hertfordshire to visit Dad for a week.

Let’s hope it has warmed up again by the time we get back!

The pink sands of Seamill….

After some light rain and plenty of wind during the night, the morning dawned dry and calm, with the afternoon turning out to be quite sunny, though very windy on the coast. We ventured down the coast towards Ardrossan to pick up where we left off and parked up just south of West Kilbride. Our first glimpse of the sea and shore was quite exciting, especially as it is a fairly full tide (on its way out) and we weren’t sure whether there would be any beach.

But yes there was a long strip of soft almost pink sand (the colour of Ambrosia Rice Pudding!) with enough wet sand to make for comfortable walking.

The sea looking lovely and clear, though nowhere near as warm as it was last week in Ayr!

After a couple of miles we arrived on the soft, albeit a bit pebbly sands of Ardrossan.

The ferry (to Arran) terminal a large presence on the skyline.

As we wandered back along Boydston Shore the sand becomes pinker with large expanses now uncovered – a whole new Poppydog playground has opened up!

With a nice structural wreck for me to capture.

We continued along the beach, beyond where we had left the car as it is such a beautiful afternoon and were soon enjoying the lovely sands of South Inch Bay.

And it’s wonderful pink sands.

A fabulous crescent shaped beach.

And just over the headland the beautiful twin bay of North Inch.

Around yet another headland lies Seamill Beach a relatively rocky (with some fabulous rock pools) Bay with a thin strip of the mist gorgeous pink sand I have ever seen.

Even Poppydog is so impressed she is shouting about it (or maybe she just wants me to hurry up and throw the ball!

A lovely 6.5 mile walk.

Two thoughts of the day:

I am rather amazed, though definitely not disappointed to find these beaches pretty empty apart from the odd walker – after all the sun is shining and it is the first week of the school holidays here!

I don’t think this stretch of beach would be much good if you are a keen swimmer as the low tide reveals some pretty rocky patches.

Moving on to Largs….

Well I’m guessing that was summer! We got off very light compared to other parts of the country but it was showery with a chilly wind during the night and all of today. A very well timed shower caught me again just as I was hitching up so we departed damp, pretty much as we arrived! A shortish 35 mile drive took us to our new home a couple of miles up Brisbane Glen, just outside Largs.

After setting up we took a walk up the valley to Outerwards Reservoir which in itself was not particularly picturesque…

But the lovely views out to sea in the distance as we wandered back down the valley and the tranquility of our 5 mile walk made up for that.

Two thoughts of the day:

Heated car seats are quite handy for drying oneself out!

Absolutely no TV signal here – now that is a first – how will I cope?