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The Argyll Run
Sun 10th Jul 2011
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 12
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The Argyll Run

Sunday 10th July 2011

What can 23 people and a dozen cars do on a damp Sunday morning in Balloch? mmmmm think, not a lot really. OK, let’s hit the road and go in search of some sunshine and adventure. It didn’t take us long, a quick drive along the shores of Loch Lomond and onto the Glen Fruin road and in only 14 miles the sun came out and the tops all came down.

Ready for the off.

For this run we decided to explore the Rosneath peninsula for a change, so at Garelochhead we turned south driving through Rahane, Clynder and Rosneath before stopping at Kilcreggan. We crammed all the cars into the small car park in the vain hope that we would be able to see the “Tall Ships” at anchor over the Clyde in Gourock harbour. A cry came out from the assembled masses “I see no ships captain” and sure enough not a single hull, mast or flag could be seen, even with little binoculars. Oh well, at least we tried. Back into the cars we continued on our route. Driving along with the views of Loch Long and the Arrochar Alps in the background was spectacular.

Onwards and upwards to the top of the Rest and be Thankful where we delighted the burger van owner by filling the car park in front of him. Better fire up the cooker and get ready for the rush? Unfortunately for him the only sales were our club decals to members. The burger van man looked very sad as we all drove off to our lunch venue at The Shore House Inn at Lochgoilhead.

It's this way Jacqueline.

With our senses sharpened by the smell of burgers and onions we all sat down at our reserved tables full of anticipation of something better. We weren’t disappointed, plate after plate of yummy food appeared from the kitchen for us all to enjoy and thanks to the wonderful staff who made sure that everyone got what they wanted, even though there was a little mistake when the order was phoned in. Following lunch the raffle was drawn. This raised the fantastic sum of £57 bringing the total so far this year to £304 for The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust. Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes and purchased tickets, it’s very much appreciated.

Food AND Prizes.

Following lunch we headed over to Loch Fyne and on to Strachur before heading over the hills to Ardentinny and the banks of Loch Long. The scenery in this part of Argyll is truly spectacular and top down in an MX-5 in the sunshine must be one of the best ways to experience it and we certainly did, all the way down to the ferry at Hunters Quay at Dunoon.

Zoom Zooming in the sunshine.

With the cars all safely parked on the ferry, we headed for the observation deck to take in the view. As four of our group will soon be enjoying separate cruises on P&O’s newest ship, Azura later this year, this was a taste of what they can look forward too.

Viewing from the observation deck.

The final part of the run took us up into the hills winding our way around Loch Thom before descending down into Gourock. We had hoped to be able to get a good view of the Tall Ships as we climbed the hills towards Kilmacolm. We did manage to see a few masts in the distance. We ended the day at The River Inn at Houston, were we said our goodbyes.

The end of a great day.

The end of a great day shared with a great bunch of friendly MX-5 Owners Club members.

We also had a few members on their first ever run. To Rosie & Frank, Catherine & Jim, Marcia & Raymond, William and Steven, we hope you all enjoyed the event and that we’ll see you all again soon.

Report by: Ian Ness


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Your Comments
10th Jul 2011 20:14 :: Ali & Drew
Super day out - lovely MX5 roads and scenery, tasty lunch in idyllic setting, a cruise thrown in and great roof down weather. Thanks to Jacqueline and Ian for organising.

Ali & Drew

10th Jul 2011 20:37 :: Jim & Catherine Easton
Great day, well done to Ian and Jacqueline for making it all happen.....We had a great time in great company.

12th Jul 2011 09:33 :: Wattie97
Yep another good day out with our MX5 cronies. Again nice to meet new members. A great run and superb lunch venue.Thank as always to Ian and Jaqueline for a great day out.
  Wattie & Janet.

12th Jul 2011 12:51 :: Jim and Maria
Another great Argyle run. Good to meet the new members and old friends. Thanks to Ian and Jaqueline for their hard work.

12th Jul 2011 20:36 :: Marcia & Raymond
Many thanks for a superb day out & for making us so welcome to the club. Hope to be with you on the 24th.
Marcia & Raymond

17th Jul 2011 12:13 :: Les (William) ciara
Had a good day hope to do it again soon nice meeting you all

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