The coastal trip
09.08.2015 - 09.08.2015 20 °C
We enjoyed our stay Lockerbie a nice small Scottish town. Most of us will never forget the town of Lockerbie for the Pan Am flight that exploded above the town resulting in 11 of the towns folk killed along with all 259 passengers and crew members. A suitcase bomb exploded Aboard New York bound Pan Am flight 103. Only one suspect, a Libyan intelligence agent, was ever convicted in connection with the attack and mystery still surrounds it. When the fuel laden wings and section of the main body crashed into one house, the subsequent explosion created a 155 foot long crater and sent a fireball shooting into the sky. Security at airports was improved from this time. Anyway on to more pleasant things. We enjoyed the drive up the west coast of the lowlands. The land in the lowlands quite flat or gently rolling. There was a lot of harvesting taking place. Not easy with one of Scotland's wettest summers for many years. So wet that it was effecting farming. It rained in places as we were driving. We enjoyed this drive lots of interesting towns and villages along the way. We stopped in Troon for lunch. Found a nice modern place for lunch. Yum, it was late and we were hungry. Usually we go for the old places first we tried the pub accross the road, this was a bit grubby, huge and unimpressive. It was busy though with it being Sunday and cheap meals. Actually we weren't that impressed by Troon, it looked like a place in decline. It probably didn't help that it was raining a bit as made the place appear gloomy. Onwards we went up the coast not sure where we would end up. Initially we had allowed more time for Scotland but sacrificed 5 days to cover Jersey and Guernsey for which we have no regrets. It just meant that we couldn't go to the Island of Skye. One day will have to come back and spend more time here. Could easy spend 6 weeks here. I was impressed by the seaside village of Largs. I could stay here. We didn't stay as it is the height of the summer season, busy and expensive. On we drove through lots of villages till tiredness started to set in. Geoff wasn't keen on going to Glasgow. We got to Port Glasgow and headed up into the hills. Alas the b&b didn't exist. We then spotted another place on Garmin and headed there. What a find. The Gleddoch House Hotel. This place boasts a golf course, swimming pool etc. We were thinking of you Pete, Rae, Lesley and Leo you would love it. This had been the home of a shipping barren. The room had two large beds. Had to lug our bags up lots of steps. It certainly converted well to a hotel. Very roomy and luxurious and not too expensive. As it was out of town we had a lovely British dinner here in the dining room. Fish and chips and mushy peas. Also had dessert. Naughty. Great views of the golf course and beyond. We watched some people finish the 18th hole. I would recommend Gleddoch House Hotel, especially great if you are a golfer. We had breakfast in the dining room. I didn't want to leave.