Stirling Castle Section

'The 25th Bracken Trundle'. our annual wander around the highways and byways of Argyll, took place on 18th June, 2017. Thirty seven riders, pillions and friends met at the Brander Lodge Hotel, Bridge of Awe which had undergone major refurbishment since our last visit there in 2015. After a filling breakfast of bacon rolls, sausage rolls, teas and coffees we set off in 'dreich' weather heading for Kilmichael Glassery, our lunch stop. We rode single track and gated roads through unfenced fields inhabited by friendly sheep, lamb and 'heilan coos' alongside Loch Awe arriving a the view point at Kilmaha for a short break. Unfortunately the view point had no view as the 'scotch mist' had closed in and w quickly continued to lunch at the Horseshoe Inn. After recharging our batteries we returned to the Brander Lodge via Loch Nell, another lovely road with many twists and turns, for afternoon tea which consisted of all sorts of calorific goodies - scones, cakes, biscuits and more tea and coffee In total we covered 81 miles.

The sun made a brief appearance in the afternoon but the majority of the day was dull and drizzly but did not spoil the atmosphere or exuberance of the entrants, many of who had ridden with us on many 'Trundles'. This year we welcomed first timers Dave and Mary Stewart from Fife and Richard and Kelie Cooper from Glen Coe. Also turning up from Suffolk was Judy Clark and Alan and Joyce Miles from Kent along with our usual long distance travellers of Rob Clark and Pete and Jan Sharman. Jim and I think our run is good but are amazed that 6 friends should travel over 500 miles each way to join us. I suppose this is part of our hobby, you take a chance on the weather and mostly it is dry and sunny but occasionally you get wet. It is just being with similarly minded folk which makes for a great day out. Despite the weather the talk of all things bike preoccupied us and the chat continued long after tea had finished.

As this was our 25th Bracken Trundle each entrant was presented with a memento of the occasion which Jim had fashioned out of wood and was well received as were the comments about the refurbished hotel. Next year's run, by the law of averages, should be sunny and we look forward to welcoming our guests back to Argyll to ride with us.'

Patricia Kirkham

Bracken Trundle 2017 - Report