Goodbye to Kintyre

This is the last post I am going to write about Kintyre and the islands off it’s coastline.  Well for just now as I would love to go back.  If you have read them you will know that we really enjoyed our holiday.  In fact it was so good that we think we might be trying to re-create it for a long time.

A huge factor in this was the weather.  We had almost wall to wall sunshine the whole two weeks we were there.  Each morning we were woken up by the sun and it was another sunny day in Kintyre or Costa Kintyre or the Kintyre Rivera as we also called it.  It’s rare to get this kind of weather in Scotland but when you do get it you don’t want to be anywhere else in the world.  And indeed where else in the world could you spend days on end on a beautiful beach and be the only ones on it?  The weather was so warm that mid morning when you put your feet on the beach the sand was warm giving that sauna effect to your feet and making you feel so good.  My kids were in and out of the sea most days with their boogie boards.  And not spending so long in the sea as the children were my husband and the dog.  I couldn’t be persuaded but in the second week did finally make it into the sea on a very warm day.  This caused the dog great consternation as he only liked to venture in the shallow water and when I swam out the poor thing tried to swim after me almost drowning in the process. He looked like a drowned rat but I appreciated his bravery in wanting to save me.  That said we all really enjoyed our beach and spending time in it though I did have to pinch myself that this was actually Scotland.  But it was marvelous and as I keep saying it’s a long winter so you have to take advantage of the sun and the summer as much as you can.  And we did.

The weather was a huge factor to the success of the holiday.  But the location also had a lot to do with it.  The view from the house we were staying in was amazing.  I took lots of photos of it again to cheer me up over the winter.  If I was a painter I would have painted it.  And I spent as much time as possible drinking it in and taking in all the wonderful blue colours.  I could and did spend hours just taking in the view.  Each time I did and as I watched the boats sailing by there was one song that kept coming into my head and started to sing.  It is Deacon Blue’s famous song Dignity.  I am going to finish my Kintyre blog with it.  With finallya photo of  our view at night.and.  First though these are the links to the Kintyre website and also for the accommodation we were at.  http://www.kintyre.org/ and http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Argyll-The-Isles-Campbeltown/Pennyseorach-Farm-2979.html?formatDate=1&npropertyid=2979&showNewCalendar=&tdate=01-Oct-2011&nduration=7&selectedDayOfWeek=0.  Do visit Kintyre it’s a wonderful part of the world, with easy access to the Islands and a wonderful sense of relaxation.

There’s a man I meet
Walks up our street
He’s a worker for the council
Has been twenty years
And he takes no lip off nobody
And litter off the gutter
Puts it in a bag
And never thinks to mutter
And he packs his lunch in a Sunblest bag
The children call him Bogie
He never lets on
But I know ’cause he once told me
He let me know a secret
About the money in his kitty
He’s gonna buy a dinghy
Gonna call her Dignity

And I’ll sail her up the west coast
Through villages and towns
I’ll be on my holidays
They’ll be doing their rounds
They’ll ask me how I got her I’ll say
I saved my money
They’ll say isn’t she pretty
That ship called Dignity

And I’m telling this story
In a faraway scene
Sipping down Raki
And reading Maynard Keynes
And I’m thinking about home
And all that means
And a place in the winter
For Dignity

And I’ll sail her up the west coast
Through villages and towns
I’ll be on my holidays
They’ll be doing their rounds
They’ll ask me how I got her I’ll say
I saved my money
They’ll say isn’t she pretty
That ship called Dignity

Set it up set it up set it up set it up set it up set it up
Yeah set it up again set it up again set it up again set it up again
Set it up set it up set it up set it up set it up set it up
Yeah set it up again set it up again set it up again set it up again

And I’m thinking about home
And I’m thinking about faith
And I’m thinking about work
And I’m thinking
How good it would be
To be here some day
On a ship called Dignity
A ship called Dignity
That ship

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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