Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Sea kayaking portal to a short winter day.

This magnificent Edwardian portal from the Wemyss Bay railway station to the ferry terminal was built in 1903 to carry the holiday crowds from Glasgow to the steamers that went "Doon the Watter".

Bang up to date, CalMac's MV Bute entered service on the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay route in 2005. It took us to Bute and allowed a paddle that otherwise would not have been possible in a short winter day. MV Bute was built in Poland. I am going to try and get a Polish slater to fix my roof.


  1. Is this a new car? Did Santa replace the mini over xmas?? Or had it simply been worn out crisscrossing the country in search of paddling destinations?

  2. No trip detail Douglas? Maybe just a p*sh poor day for photographs?

  3. Hi Douglas,

    Just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying your blog (I've been meaning to for a while but the word verification thingy never seemed to work for me).

    Anyway, for personal and family reasons I've been unable to paddle much for a while, so your daily writings have been helping to keep me sane. Thanks. Keep it up!


  4. Hello Bertie, the Mini is actually my wife's car. It was spotted again at the Mull storm gathering. I have had the BMW for 4 years. My last car was aPeugeot 205 diesel which I kept for 15 years before Duncan Winning took it for spares!

    grazie, I will post full details of an excellent trip through the kyles of Bute from Kames Bay to Etttrick Bay real soon!

    Andrea, it's great to hear from you. I have not got out much over the last 6 months either (due to feeling a bit under par0. It is one of the reasons I started the blog. I have got rid of word verification!

    Douglas :o)