Saturday, 12 March 2016
Largs. Great Cumbrae. Millport. Arran. The Magical Firth of Clyde.
For me the Firth of Clyde and its cluster of magical islands have always meant access to paradise on my doorstep. Sure Mull, Skye, The Hebrides, Islay, Jura and all the other Scottish islands are great in good weather, when I like to visit them, but it usually takes some planning and intention to go there and by the time you arrive the weather might have changed. Scotland in drizzle, clag or wet weather is not for me as I like technicolor scenery not grey and black despair. Pastel landscape I might settle for at a push but I don't do rain these days. Not a raindrop for the last 10 years. Just like Elphaba in Wicked.
Also £40- £100 or more in petrol and campsite fees is a deciding factor on an always tight budget as I'd hate to shell out good money for a soggy weekend.
Might as well plug my photographic guide books here as they are two of the most colourful and comprehensive books on Scotland, away from the Munros, in modern times. A glossy paper published equivalent of these guide books would easily set you back £20 to £30 so a couple of quid on kindle is very good value. First few chapters free to read in here. Loads of ideas for exciting trips at any level. By bike and foot.
Kelburn Castle Gorge in the distance.
Hardly any money spent. A great cheap day out and only 4 to 8 hours total trip depending on speed, mode of island transport and inclination. Pick a nice day for it, like here, and it is truly magical. My golden ticket island.
I've always loved the colourful, the wonderful, clever visual entertainment, and the bizarre so this seems fitting somehow. My very last Bioshock indulgence from the early period. Boo... Shame.
Ah, to find another world half as intriguing, unexpected, and enjoyable as this one over the last fun filled year. And I've always agreed with the words of this great song from W.W.
Beauty is created from within and it's so easy to do. It is pure imagination and it can brighten many a dull day in the real world we all live in. Wish more people used it more often but sadly it's squeezed out or smothered at birth in some :o) Retain that inner child and the world is a sunnier, brighter place.