2014 – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay, Loch Ryan, Scotland day 20

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland from 21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)
Rotarian Alistair McCulloch at his Shambley Residence, Millfield Avenue, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway DG9 0EG Scotland.

Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan

This afternoon after Alistair returned from his Rotary lunch meeting, he took the three guys to Lady Bay to stay a night at his fishing station. Alistair left us there and would return with the 3 ladies to pick us up the next day.

At the fishing station we went for a walk along the southern coast to a cottage 2km away and came back to do some fishing by the rocks. Unfortunately we have no lady luck and did not get any fish for dinner. We just had bread, jam, cheese and coffee that we brought along for dinner.

As we had long daylight in this summer month, we were taking pictures as late at 10.30pm. We slept at about 11.30pm after taking some whiskey in hot coffee we brought along.

Sleeping: Alistair’s fishing station at Lady Bay, Stranraer, Scotland.
Temp: min.11 – max.19 °C

Pauline Toh with Rotarian Alistair McCulloch

Betty Ching with Rotarian Alistair McCulloch

Yours truly with Rotarian Alistair McCulloch

Rotarian Kee Moon with Rotarian Alistair McCulloch

The fishing station at Lady Bay.

The meadow at Lady Bay.

Loch Ryan is Scotland’s most southerly sea loch located between the Rhins peninsula, the low lying Stranraer basin and the western Southern Uplands.

Its sheltered waters have been used by man since prehistoric times whilst its proximity to Northern Ireland has given it added importance as a gateway between Ireland and mainland Britain.

Lichens on rock surface - colourful yellow and other coloured fungus.

While each lichen appears to be a homogenous structure, a single thallus may contain several different species of fungus. Noticed a patch of wild flowers also grown on rock surface.

Alistair harvesting some potatoes in the garden.

The potatoes.

Alistair and Allan met the farmer and their dogs along the trek.

Beautiful flower along the trek.

The is the place where Alistair used to launch his fishing boat.

Many of the important historic sites and remains around Loch Ryan lie close to the shoreline with sites all the way along the east coast and clusters at Stranraer and in the area around Kirkcolm.

Oystercatcher is very noisy with loud 'peep-ing' call. On the coast, they specialise in eating shellfish, particularly cockles and mussels, which they either prise or hammer open with their strong, flattened bills.

Lichens on rock surface.

The sheltered location means people have used Loch Ryan as a gateway for trade and communication by sea and lived on its shores since the earliest days of human settlement in Scotland.

During World War II the loch was an important hub of wartime activity.

Kee Moon looking at some rabbits in the field.

These pictures taken through the window as late at 10.30pm. It got dark at 11pm. We had good rest and time for reflection.

Our very comfortable beds. We slept at about 11.30pm after drinking some whiskey in hot coffee that we brought along.

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.



  1. Wow, this is really a long holiday in Scotland. You must like nature and the great outdoors to enjoy this trip.
    Really different from your other travel adventures.
    No plans to visit any famous whisky distilleries?
    What brand do the Scottish go for?
    Enjoy your extended holidays.

    Chang shaw yee

  2. Thanks for sharing Ching. What an awesome experience you have had.

  3. Dear Mr Ching,

    It's indeed nice of you to show all the photos and tours to Scotland & Thailand - Bangkok.

    In fact I was from Ipoh, and then worked in KL. In l991, myself and family left for Canada and now residing in Vancouver. I was with the Canadian Postal Service, until l988, when I retired.

    I do come back to KL once a year to attend to some of my business there and have a Condo in Cheras, where I will stay.

    I will be happy to meet you and family when I am either in Ipoh (where my sister live) or KL when I am back next year. I just returned from KL last month after a period of 2 months there.

    I will be happy and keen to join some of your tours later.

    Keep in contact. My Cell in Van: 604-7818988 which you can contact me any time. If you require any info on Canada, please contact me.
    Many thanks.
    Luke Tham Kah Wai.