We regrouped for third luncheon in the shelter of the Eileans in the middle of Millport Ba
y. We were joined by Matt from the east coast. He had spent the day on a solo exploration of Wee Cumbrae and its three lighthouses.
As we enjoyed a convivial chat, our attention was drawn to the loud creak of oars. It was the Cumbrae coastal rowing club
out in their beautiful St Ayles skiff "Cumbrae"
As they creaked off round the Eileans it occurred to me that it was not so much elbow grease that was required... more a dose of rollock grease.
We set off again from the Eileans round...
...Farland Point at the south end of Great Cumbrae and entered...
...the Hunterston Channel where we passed the 292m bulk carrier Genco London. She was offloading a cargo of coal and making almost as much noise as the skiffie "Cumbrae's" creacky rowlocks.. When empty, she was due to travel to Narvick to load a cargo of Swedish iron ore.
Andrew stopped to look back and this...
was what he saw. The sun was setting over the Little and Great Cumbraes and the mountains of Arran beyond.