For the third year running, the Read family decided to take a summer holiday in Scotland. In 2008, we stayed in Fort William, and enjoyed the likes of Tobermorey, Mallaig, Ben Nevis GM/WS-001 and a couple of local one pointers. We didn’t much care for the hostile rules about children in pubs in the region though!
Much better was 2009, when we based in Lossiemouth. Here we had access to lots of lovely 1 point SOTA summits along the Moray Firth, including a couple of first activations for Jimmy M3EYP to bag for himself. We could also meet Barry GM4TOE for a Cairngorms hike, go in what pubs we wanted when we wanted (near enough) and even enjoy beach days in super weather. That holiday stretched into a second week down on the Rhinns Peninsular south of Stranraer, but the local area wasn’t as inspiring, and neither was the weather. Except that is for a wonderful day in great weather with first class company, as we gave Ailsa Craig (Paddy’s Milestone) GM/SS-246 its debut activation, en masse, in the Firth of Clyde.
So in 2010, all things considered, the choice was easy. Back up to the North East. We couldn’t get any accommodation in Lossiemouth, but we booked a lovely big cottage in Nairn. However, like before, we allowed an extra day to drive north, this time stopping over in a hotel in Glasgow City Centre. If you’re ever there, go and have a steak at Di Maggio’s - stunning.
This meant a relatively short and easy drive up to Nairn on the Saturday, and it was fun to be able to hear and work Robin GM7PKT/P on 2m FM as he activated GM/CS-009 during the journey.
SOTA would not be getting the flying start of 2009 this year for Jimmy and I though. We had cheekily penciled in GM/CS-096 for the Backpackers on the Sunday, assertively ruled out by She Who Must Be Obeyed. So we would have to wait until Monday, and the start of the early morning raids. There is now a memorandum of understanding for family holidays, that Jimmy and I are allowed out to do activations: (i) any early morning, so long as we are back at a reasonable time without eating into the day, and (ii) we get one full day pass out (and the car) at some point during the week for a more significant expedition.
So, onto the activation reports: