Day 06 – Fishing station at Lady Bay, Loch Ryan, Stranraer, Scotland

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland
21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)

Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan, Stranraer

Morning breakfast was fresh milk with Muesli (luxury fruit & nut) and also Bran flakes (fruit and hazelnuts). At 12noon, Alistair went to attend his Rotary meeting while we checked our e-mails and loading our pictures on to Facebook.

Lunch was fried rice and ice-cream. We then walked 1.5km along the water-front to Stranraer town. At 2.30pm Alistair came to pick us to Lady Bay to see his fishing station which was used during their salmon fishing season from March to October. We then helped Alistair to cut grass with the lawn mower ride-on grass cutter. On the beach we picked some Common Winkle an edible sea nails and brought back for cooking. I also ate a raw Common Limpet shellfish at the beach of Lady Bay which tasted like abalone.

At 6.30pm we had Joyce’s egg-noodle brought from Sitiawan and apple strudel for dinner, coffee and also Drambuie liquor. We then walked around the Millfield Ave, Willowdene Crescent to see their beautiful gardens and flowers. The sky was still very bright till 10.30pm and it got dark at about 11pm.

Sleeping: Shambley Residence, Millfield Avenue, Stranraer, Scotland.
A cold but sunny day - Temp: min.8 – max.13 °C
 

We all loved the morning breakfast of fresh milk with cereals and coffee.

Breakfast time discussion.

Lunch was fried rice and our favorite Simply Vanilla ice-cream.

Every Monday Alistair would go for his Rotary Club of Stranraer lunch meeting at 1pm.


Catherine, Pauline and Betty loved the beautiful flowers at Millfield Avenue

A walk through Millfield Avenue, Stranraer. .

Beautiful cottages along the road.



A walk through Seabank Road, Stranraer.

At the end of Seabank Road is Loch Ryan.

We then walked 1.5km along the sea-front to Stranraer town.

I walked towards Stranraer's first harbour, the West Pier.

We took a walk through the Stanraer 19th Century Harbour, where the original pier survives today.

Behind me is the West Pier on Stranraer harbour.

The West Pier, was built in 1820. Previous to this ships had anchored offshore or made use of a series of unofficial wooden jetties to the west of the town at The Clayhole. The construction of the West Pier provided good berths and by the 1830s there were regular steam-packets sailing to Girvan, Glasgow and Belfast.

Today the original pier survives, and is still used by a small number of fishing boats and pleasure crafts.
The official Irish ferry service began in 1862 with the construction of the East Pier and the completion of the railway to Stranraer. The first sailings were to Belfast with the Stranraer-Larne service being introduced in 1871.

Harbour Office with Weighbridge at Market Street - A small, but monumental building occupying such a prominent position on the harbour that it is a local landmark, as well as a public clock. The weighbridge, or its predecessor, is actually older than the harbour office, and so the harbour office was probably built on this particular site to house the man operating the weighbridge.


Walking along Agnew Crescent, Stranraer. .


Walking along Harbour Street, Stranraer.

Walking along Charlotte Street, Stranraer.

At 2.30pm Alistair came to pick us to Lady Bay to see his fishing station which was used during their salmon fishing season from March to October.

On the farm road to Lady Bay, Loch Ryan.

The vast farm land to Lady Bay, Loch Ryan.


We could see Alistair's fishing station with the red color door.

The dirt road along the beach leading to the fishing station at Lady Bay. The Lady Bay beach lies more than 2km beyond the end of the A718 (which in turn lies 2km north of the village of Kirkcolm).  A minor road leads from the main road to the beach, and although this road passes through the farm of Portencalzie. Cars can be parked on the roadside strip, as well as on the sloping raised-beach behind the extreme north end of the beach, where boats can also be launched.

The scenic view of Lady Bay.

The sand-beach is confined to the upper part of a 100m wide rock platform which has been cut in places by immovable mixed sediments. The width of the sand-beach is greatest towards either flank, and the main beach development is towards the north end.

This is where the boats are kept.

Lady Bay lies on the west shore of Loch Ryan, some 2km south of Milleur Point and 12km north of Stranraer. A raised-beach, defined to the landwards by a drift-cliff, occupies the area behind the small sand-beach.

A very narrow storm beach of freshly washed pebbles occupies much of the length of the top of the beach, and serves to emphasise the very restricted extent of sand in the inter-tidal zone.

The scenic view of Lady Bay.

The tiny yellow and white flowers known as meadow buttercup are all over the ground of the fishing station.

Meadow buttercup is a common flower in meadows. It has a bright yellow flower, with a slightly burnished appearance caused by light reflecting from starch grains within the structure of the petals.

The fishing station is at the southern end of the bay.

Fishing Station - A man-chair-like area composed of thin shell-rich blown-sand has developed around the fishing station at the extreme south end of the bay, but it is confined to small patches which slope gently down towards the very subdued coastal edge. These patches of man-chair are stable, and there is no evidence of present or past erosional features. Apart from these man-chair patches, blown-sand is extremely thin and its featureless nature has been emphasised by the cultivation of part of the raised-beach which it overlies.










It was fun to help Alistair to cut grass with the lawn mower ride-on grass cutter.



At high tide boats can be launched here.

At 6.30pm we had Joyce’s egg-noodle brought from Sitiawan and apple strudel for dinner, coffee and also Drambuie liquor.


On the beach we picked some Common Winkle an edible sea nails and brought back for cooking. I also ate a raw Common Limpet shellfish at the beach of Lady Bay which tasted like abalone.


Apple strudel for dinner, coffee and also Drambuie liquor.

We then walked around the Millfield Ave, Willowdene Crescent to see their beautiful gardens and flowers. The sky was still very bright till 10.30pm and it got dark at about 11pm.











Click below to view daily adventures:
Day 01 (21.05.2014 Wed) – MH16 KUL/AMS 2355hr – 0655hr on 22May
Day 02 (22.05.2014 Thr) – Amsterdam City, Holland
Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)
Day 04 (24.05.2014 Sat) – KL.1477R AMS/GLA 1535hr - 1605hr Glasgow Airport
Day 05 (25.05.2014 Sun) – Stranraer, Scotland
Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 07 (27.05.2014 Tue) – Portpatrick and Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (58km)
Day 08 (28.05.2014 Wed) – Lide supermarket (2.8km) and Museum
Day 09 (29.05.2014 Thu) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (56km)
Day 10 (30.05.2014 Fri) – Kirkland Fishery Farm in Leswalt (4.6km)
Day 11 (31.05.2014 Sat) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (60km)
Day 12 (01.06.2014 Sun) – Trekking 20.8km Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Day 13 (02.06.2014 Mon) – A free and easy rest day
Day 14 (03.06.2014 Tue) – To Robert Burns Cottage at Alloway (78km)
Day 15 (04.06.2014 Wed) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 16 (05.06.2014 Thu) – A trip to the Giant Causeway (153km) by coach
Day 17 (06.06.2014 Fri) – Trekking 4km Ardwell Pond, Ardwell Bay (18km)
Day 18 (07.06.2014 Sat) – Our ladies went shopping in Ayr (72km)
Day 19 (08.06.2014 Sun) – Visiting Isabelle/Robert in Newton Steward (50km)
Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay Loch Ryan
Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – Visited a farm using automated milking
Day 22 (11.06.2014 Wed) – Day 1 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 26 (15.06.2014 Sun) – Day 5 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 27 (16.06.2014 Mon) – Allan and Pauline 50th wedding anniversary
Day 28 (17.06.2014 Tue) – Mysterious beach walk at Loch Larbrax, Scotland
Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)

Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – Outward Bound Ullswater, Lake Ullswater (day2)
Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return from Lake District (day3)
Day 32 (21.06.2014 Sat) – Our last visit to the bothy at Lady Bay
Day 33 (22.06.2014 Sun) – A farewell dinner hosted by Margaret Modrate
Day 34 (23.06.2014 Mon) – A farewell tea hosted by Vera Little

Day 35 (24.06.2014 Tue) – To Glasgow for a night stay for next day flight
Day 36 (25.6.2014Wed) Glasgow
6am to Amsterdam 8.40//MH17 12noon to KLIA
Day 37 (26.06.2014 Thu) – MH17 touched down at KLIA at 6.20am. 

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