Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
We had nearly completed our circumnavigation of Ailsa Craig. We passed under the great rock columns of the cliffs called Trammins and arrived...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Water Cave, which was guarded by nesting fulmars.
Little Ailsa were dwarfed by the scale of the cliffs.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Once we paddled round to the NW side of Ailsa Craig we entered the sunshine of the spring afternoon. The West Craigs are home to thousands of pairs of birds. The air was full of the "kittiwake kittiwake" calls of the kittiwakes and the continuous croaking of the gannets. Fulmars swooped down from their ledges in graceful, stiff winged flight and...
...Phil can be seen (just) in the middle of this telephoto photograph.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
STS Stavros Niarchos, a British sail training brig. She carries up to 18 sails on two masts. She was launched in Devon in 2001.
blue one granite quarry and compressed air to the foghorn.
Ashydoo Kirk, a group of fallen rocks as big as a house.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
a pile of stones on the ascent was actually the remains of the summer shieling.
...two giant foghorns that are situated at the north and south of the island.
MFV Glorious with 12 very loud passengers. Usually Glorious carries birdwatchers, hill walkers and quiet outdoors folk but not on this sunny day...
Friday, June 22, 2012
The dazzling display of blue and white matched the colours of the Saltire, the Scottish flag.
My brother Donald and I had started our mountaineering days together in the 1970's so I was very pleased to accompany him on this return to a small hill after a break of 8 years.
the summit. Although I might not look too happy in the photo, that was because my right knee was by now rather sore. Donald's photo shows me standing with my weight over my "good" leg. I really must try to improve my posture.
Now we just had to get back down!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
NSAIDs for the pain in my bad knees and decided to try and make the summit. I had to give up hillwalking in 2004 but I had spent 5 days a week in the gym during the last winter and was determined not to let all that effort (and the pain of knee surgery) go to waste. Donald gave me a punt up the steeper bits and my shoulders heaved on the poles and took the strain off my quadriceps. Eventually...