Archive for November, 2011

Journey No 19

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Journey No 19 – 16th to 18th November 2011

16th November 2011

We departed Carrick Castle about 4.30 pm to go to Kenmore and park up again at Drummond Hill car park at Kenmore as we did on our last journey No 18. However, this time we took our two cats, Smudge and Smokie, with us in Harrie. Most of the journey was in the dark and Smudge ‘meowed’ virtually all the way there… We arrived around 6.45 pm and had dinner. No walk this time!

17th November 2011

At 9 am in the morning, we met up with the group at Aberfeldy and then drove back to Kenmore where the kayaking instruction would start in Loch Tay. Liz, Roddy and Biscuit, the kayak instructor, set off from by the car park next to Loch Tay. The weather was perfect, flat calm and even sunny for a while.

Liz kayaking on Loch Tay at Kenmore

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Liz, Roddy & Biscuit kayaking on Loch Tay at Kenmore

Liz, Roddy & Biscuit about to enter the River Tay at Kenmore

The kayakers at Kenmore Bridge

Liz enters the River Tay at Kenmore Bridge

Liz & Roddy kayaking on River Tay at Kenmore

Douglas walked round to the River Tay and took photos from the river bank and the Kenmore Bridge and Biscuit took photos from the river and happened to catch Douglas photographing them from the bridge.

Liz kayaking on River Tay with Douglas onlooking from the Kenmore Bridge

An aerial view of Liz kayaking

Liz in the turbulance of the River Tay

The kayaking group heading down the River Tay at Kenmore

Whilst the kayakers were heading down the river, Douglas to Harrie and the cats to another forestry car park on Loch Tay and read another book on his Kindle. Then headed down to Aberfeldy to meet up with the group at around 3 pm.

We then drove back to Drummond Hill and had dinner and later that evening drove back down to the Aberfeldy Sports Centre where Liz and the group were given kayak rolling over instruction in the swimming pool for an hour from 8 to 9 pm.  After that we drove back to Peelers Gate car park at Drummond Hill for the night. That night it rained heavily.

18th November 2011

At 9 am, we met up with Biscuit at Aberfeldy and Liz and he kayaked in a quiet slalom course area behind an island in the River Tay just outside Aberfeldy until Roddy and Alice arrived around 10 am.  They all stayed in this part of the river until lunchtime when they join Douglas and the cats in Harrie for a lunch stop.

Liz kayaking on the River Tay at Aberfeldy

Liz receiving kayak instruction from Biscuit on River Tay south of Aberfeldy

After lunch we drove back to Aberfeldy bridge and the group kayaked back down to the same place they were kayaking in just south of Aberfeldy. The river was much higher after the previous night’s rain.

Smudge, Liz & Smokie in Harrie!

Harrie parked up near the Aberfeldy Bridge

They finished kayaking around 3.30 pm and we then drove home after a cup of tea and refueling in Aberfeldy with 33 ltrs of diesel = £46.50 at 120,096 km. Douglas had to do quite a bit of transporting the drivers of the cars up and down the riverside, however he managed to read two books in two days on his Kindle.

The weather whilst the group were kayaking was fair but is started raining about half an hour before they finished and it rained all the way home, most of which was driving in the dark. Smudge meowed again the whole way home… We arrived home around 6.30 pm.

Total mileage for the trip was 310.3 km / 194 miles.
Total mileage to date was 120,217 km / 75,136 miles.

 

Journey No 18

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Journey No 18 – 9th to 12th November 2011

9th November 2011

We departed Carrick Castle early afternoon for Liz to go kayaking with a group in the Aberfeldy area for the next two days in the River Lyon and River Tay under instruction from a kayak instructor, ‘Biscuit’.

Harrie at Drummond Hill, Kenmore

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We parked up for the night at Drummond Hill forestry car park at Kenmore and went for a walk. This was supposed to be a short walk up the hill track before we had dinner however the path which we believed to be circular went on and on and it was getting dark. In the end, we walked around five miles of which the last one and a half miles were on the road in the dark back to the forestry car park!

Start of the Drummond Hill Walk

10th November 2011

In the morning, we met up with the kayaking group and Liz accompanied by Roddy, Alice and Biscuit, the instructor, started off kayaking in the River Lyon at Kenmore where I took photos of them.

Liz kayaking in the River Lyon

Liz kayaking in the River Lyon

Roddy was in his canoe whilst the rest of the group were in river kayaks.

Roddy, Liz, Alice & Biscuit (their instructor)

Liz kayaking in the River Lyon

They started off kayaking in the River Lyon that had calm waters. The River Lyon joins the River Tay not far out of Kenmore.

The River Lyon

Liz kayaking in the River Lyon

They started kayaking around 10 am and reached Aberfeldy at 3.30 pm after stopping on the way to have a lunch break. Douglas passed the day reading a book on his Kindle in Harrie.

Aberfeldy Bridge over the River Tay

That night we parked up Harrie at the other end of Drummond Hill at Peelers Gate car park that’s up the hill and very quiet. Changed gas over to new 12 kg cylinder.

11th November 2011

In the morning, the group set off from Aberfeldy Bridge and headed down the River Tay to Grandtully. Douglas took Harrie there stopping off at St Mary’s Chapel, outside Grandtully. This 17th century chapel from the outside looked rather like an old stone barn however inside it had a stunning painted ceiling in fantastic condition looked after by Historic Scotland.

St Mary's Chapel, Grandtully

Painted ceiling in St Mary's Chapel, Grandtully

Liz had a good two days of river kayaking and learnt a lot in fair weather. She is a regular competant sea kayaker however she wanted to learnt more about kayaking on a river. Next week, she will have another two days of instruction with the same group. After leaving Grandtully, we headed south to Perth where we refuelled with 38.43 ltrs diesel = £51.10 at 119,649 km. That night, we headed across to Loch Lomond and parked up for the night in one of the Loch Lomond laybys that are off the road on the west side of the loch by Luss as we were going to Glasgow the next day.

Harrie parked up by Loch Lomond

12th November 2011

We went to the 50+ Show (Retirement Show) at the SECC in Glasgow for a few hours and then did some shopping in Clydebank before heading home. We refuelling in Dumbarton with 23.59 ltrs of diesel = £33.00 at 119,839 km arrived home at 16.30 hrs.

Total mileage for the trip was 485.9 km / 304 miles.
Total mileage to date was 119,907 km / 74,942 miles.