This year we booked North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer, since they apporoached us and offered a very good deal. This is our second stay here and very convenient for our Irish guests.
Quite a number, including some Irish decided to stay the extra night on the Thursday- indeed, some 24 of us, mostly from WSVMCC. We set off from Dobbies, Ayr & met with Drew & his friend; we, having travelled, somewhat smartly to New Galloway, where we had coffee & other goodies, AGAIN- right Grumpy?
Thursday evening passed smoothly and off we went on Friday to meet the Stena Ferry at Cairnryan. Whilst it left on time, it didn’t arrived on the dot!
Our first lunch stop was scheduled to be Tarbolton. We followed Alec thru great roads with little or no traffic. Some rain however, but not too serious. We had issues again with our breakdown navigation, which didn’t go down too well, and unfortunately delayed a number.
Our meal was in the Tarbolton Masonic Lodge, which has some serious history. This is the “Gentleman’s Club” area & Rabbie was a Member here. The Lodge is old but well maintained and contains loads of memorabilia associated with our National Bard. A really atmospheric place. The food, by the way, was fab.
Because our numbers were less than normal (80+), we had to share the dining hall, which, at least, ensured best behaviour. The meal was fine & so was the rest of the evening/night. There had been some proper wine tasting ahead!
Saturday’s weather was forecast to be good- it wasn’t good- it was great: and so were the routes taken. Portpatrick a boating village, with a Life Boat station. Mostly along the Galloway Coast finishing up at the Mull of Galloway. Stunning scenery ALL day, especially at the lunch stop at the Restaurant right on the cliff. Jim Downie arrived having ridden like Bradley up the steep hill to everyone’s amazement!. Then we noticed the cheat had a battery powered velocipede.
By now, the breakdown truck & occupants were doing the job right, with Grumpy keeping a close watch. This was almost “as well” as our leader, Alec got a puncture. No matter, he soldiered on to the next village(Sandhead) where we could buy ice creams and the like and watch 20 China men changing a light bulb (or was it 20 old men fixing a puncture or giving conflicting advice)
That evening, we shared the dining room with a bundle of golfers and cyclists, who were very co-operative & good fun, so we were able to give our thanks etc. where merited. Our youngest, Craig Main, helped bonny Elaine in the collection of gratuities for the Staff. He’s a great kid, so he is.
Sunday again was fine if colder. Alec again, took us near the coast, finally stopping in Port William for a break. Off again thru great countryside by the back roads & Newton Stewart where we stopped in the Park for relaxation & photos.
This was a departing point for many- the Irish accompanied by a posse of WSVMCC members AND the breakdown truck left in good time for the ferry.
A fab Spring Run- one of the very best. Never mind the numbers- it’s quality that counts.
Thanks again to the Team, John, Alec, Bobbie & Isobel, Willie & Irene