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Report on Isle of Cumbrae
24 March 2013

Only Kathryn and I ventured out today and after a heavy fall of snow which hit the west coast. It was bitterly cold with winds coming from the Arctic. We decided to play safe and instead of heading to the hills we chose a walk around and over the Isle of Cumbrae.

We met in Largs and got the small ferry over to Cumbrae. We headed anti clockwise round the island which became more sheltered from the biting wind. As Fintry Bay we sat on a picnic bench in the snow having coffee from our flasks. It was unusual seeing snow on the beach.

We left the road to follow the path up and over to the caravan park and down into Millport. We stopped for lunch at the Garrison Cafe before heading back out into the cold.

We decided to take the road up towards the hospital and passed the Catherdral of the Isles. Then we stopped to take photos of a horse in the cemetery.....strange place to keep it!! We headed up to the view point at the Glaid Stone where the snow was deeper and the wind was so bitterly cold.

During the afternoon the winds got stronger and as we got back to the Cumbrae Slip for the ferry we were slightly apprehensive. The notice was saying that there was possible disruption to ferry service and there was no ferry to be seen! We sheltered out of the wind in the bus shelter and eventually the ferry was spotted leaving Largs to our delight.

We had a good time even though no hillwalking was involved today. It is always better getting out, no matter where!

Irene Cahill

Largs from Cumbrae
Indian Rock
Arran from Fintry Bay
Looking up the Clyde
Irene with icicle
Kames Bay
Cathedral of the Isles
Horse in graveyard
Where is the ferry

Photos: Irene Cahill

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