A day of baking hot weather, quirky things and magnificent Kyles of Bute scenery started with a fine lunch in Tarbet, a common place name in Gaelic which apparently means ‘you can’t top a Tunnock’s’.
As we cycled out to the ferry there was a man playing the bagpipes by the side of the road. Perhaps it’s to scare the children away from the traffic.
We stumbled upon a Shinty match, watched by a crowd of about 150 vociferous locals. Kyles of Bute beat Bute in a tense cup match that ended in a penalty shootout. Shinty is a mixture of aerial hockey, golf, tennis, and kendo.
Finally we stayed in splendid Rothesay, on Bute. It’s famous for its Victorian architecture, and has these showcase Victorian Toilets. They’re signposted as a bone fide tourist attraction.
Miles today: 47
Miles since Cape Wrath: 365