22nd-24th August: Weekend on the Isle of Bute – The Bute Highland Games

A glorious three days on Bute on our first weekend away for Stirling Rambling Club.
Rothesay, Kilchattan Bay and Ettrick Bay – just a few places that were visited.
After the Bute Highland Games and the final march into town by the pipe bands,……the arrival of the beautiful Waverley made our day.

Leaving Wemyss Bay with Bute on the left

Leaving Wemyss Bay with Bute on the left.

Rothesay Bay from the hotel

Rothesay Bay.

View from Canada Hill over Loch Ascog with Arran in the distance

Canada Hill Rothesay with Loch Ascog.    Arran in the distance.

Downhill to prom with Loch Striven between hills

Downhill to prom with Loch Striven between hills

Ready to set out for the games

Hon Man at Hotel

 

A great day out at the Bute Highland Games

High School of Glasgow junior pipe bandHighland fling

Finale – March of the PipersPipers parade 2

….. and the iconic Waverley!

Waverley 2

…..  the non-iconic photographer almost blocks the view!Waverley Denis

A visit to Mount Stuart House with its beautiful gardens (the seat of the Marquis of Bute), before travellng round the island to Kilchattan Bay in the south and Ettrick Bay on the west coast.

M Stuart 4M Stuart 3

Mount Stuart 5

Kilchattan Bay with Cumbrae (Millport) opposite.

Ettrick Bay

 

Ettrick Bay with Arran in background

Ettrick Bay 2

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Sunday 17th August : Pentland Hills

Beautiful walk in very high winds from Flotterstone over Turnhouse and Carnethy Hills

Pentlands3

In the hills we came upon a mystery walker …..

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Fantastic views from the summitPentlands better

Melrose: 9th & 10th August

We came upon an interesting sign when walking the Abbey Way from Kelso to Melrose

Abbey Way 1

Some beautiful views of the River Tweed and Eildon Hills

Abbey Way 3

Abbey Way 4

 

Refeshment break on the banks of the Tweed

Tweed Ramblers

Sunday 3rd August

 

Walking on the John Muir Way from Crammond Brig, Edinburgh to South Queensferry passing Barnbougle Castle. Led by Robert Delamere

 

At Eagle Rock at low tide with Crammond Island and Fife in the background.

Dalmeney walk

River Almond enters the Forth at the village of Crammond.

River Almond enters the Forth at the village of Crammond.

Sky reflections towards Crammond Island.

Dalmeney view

Returning to Crammond Brig.

Bus back to Crammond