Richie and I headed west around Arran on his bike thanks to the locals at the pub lending me a very old, cobwebby helmet. Richie dropped me off at a tea shop whilst he went to check out some standing stones, I didn’t join him as I wanted to rest my knee.
I bumped into Chris and sat and had some coffee cake with him before he set off and then sat with three Scottish cyclists until Richie came back.
We headed south along the west coast and we took the road east from Machrie across The String which cuts across the middle of the island; beautiful scenery, very big hill! I found a hardware store selling camping gas and I bought some food for supper in Brodick.
We took the same road back as I did yesterday and it is definitely the most scenic part of the island and now that the clouds had passed and the sun was out you could see all the way across the Firth of Clyde to the mainland.
We got over the pass much easier on the motorbike and you could see the ragged mountain peeks standing high in the sky.
We went back to the hostel for a snack and a cuppa then headed off to look around Lochranza Castle where we bumped into Scott and Dan. They were just setting off in Dan’s boat. Dan was going diving to look for a friend’s mooring chain which had come off of his boat in a storm and Scott was going to do some fishing. They invited us along and so we jumped in and went out on the Sound of Bute with them.
I caught four mackerel and a baby pollock which I chucked back in along with the smallest mackerel. This is the first time I’ve pulled the head off of a fish! The skies opened as we were making our way back in and we got soaked. Scott invited us back for a fish supper.
We went back to the hostel for a shower and to hang our clothes in the dry room, I planned my route and updated my journal then we headed over to Scott’s house. I picked some salad from his garden and had a look at the chickens and there was a huge deer stood looking at me, Scott cooked the mackerel in a hot fry pan. Yummy.
We left at 1am after some really good company.