Let’s make it clear from the start – this is Loch Leven on the way to Fort William we are dancing round – not the Loch Leven in the county of Fife. As the saying goes ‘it tak’s a lang spean to sup soup wi’ a Fifer’ – substitute the Devil for a Fifer and you will know where I’m coming from.
Anyway – onwards and upwards before I get lynched – Helen with the wee-strom by Loch Leven on Friday —
and – yes – that is almost dry tarmac – a rarity this year.
Loch Leven – a sea loch reaching seven or eight miles inland to Kinlochleven – now famous for it’s National Indoor Ice Climbing Centre but also famous in motorcycling circles as a gateway to the Pipeline trials section and the infamous Blackwater Moor crossing plus many more apparently forbidden things. Signs on locked high wire gates threatening all sorts of violence to ‘criminals’ who have the nerve to take their vehicles onto the moors stopped us in our tracks at the back of the village.
No worries – the sixteen or so miles of well tarred and little used highway following a tortuous circuit around the loch are a joy to ride as it follows the shoreline with many undulations and blind crests. Close the roads to the public and we have the perfect motorcycle race circuit – if a little dangerous.
The reason the roads are so quiet is because the authorities built a road bridge over the narrows at the seaward end of the loch – but wait a mo’ cos we’re not there yet –
we have to show you a mountain or two —
peep through the roadside trees at a boat —
or three —
We have the artist in charge of the camera – so – make that four —
before walking down to the old quay in high spirits and doing the ice queen’s ‘Fly Past’ – or is it ‘The Running Woman?’
followed by the ultra difficult – ‘Woman stands on one Leg!’ —
and the grand finale – something you cannot imagine happening —
‘Woman kicks the conversion that sees Scotland win the next Rugby World Cup!’
Yeahh!!! — That’s my girl!!! 🙂