"That was a good night - I really enjoyed it."
Angus McKinnon - PGLE
"I'm looking forward to my supper and wish you all the best for the coming year."
Ewan Rutherford - PGLE
"May you go from strength to strength"
Maurice Wilson - PGLE
"Brotherly Love's a great wee lodge - I love it."
Jim Gillanders - 1316
"The Brotherly Love Burns Night? Never surpassed!"
Robert Sinclair - 226
"Just go over that bit again, son"
Jimmy Knox - 1428
"You always get the warmest of welcomes."
Roddy Henretty - CLX
"I only need the one prompt, thank you!"
John McQueen - 1428
"Affiliating to 1428 is one of the best things I've done!"
Keith Millar - 1428
"That's no the Tyler's Toast already, is it?"
Kenny Renton - 392
"That's another excellent degree tonight lads, well done."
Ronnie King - 1316
"Mind now - they pies are hot!"
Dougie Sneddon - 151
"I might affiliate next year."
David McNeill - 392
"A very good FC degree followed by a very good harmony."
Ralph Shaw - 48
more to come . . .
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Well, everybody had been saying for ages, possibly even years, that we should go over to Arran and visit Lodge St Molios No774 - especially as they'd previously come over to 1428 and actually worked a degree. A trip was agreed as a Good Thing, but as they meet on a Monday night this would mean a Monday and Tuesday off work for some of us.
But help was at hand! It was found that their yearly Provincial Visit is held on a Saturday which made travelling arrangements much easier.
So, early on the morning of Saturday 9th, seven of us met at Hermiston Gait retail park at hivvens o'clock and, courtesy of GoogleMaps, sped along the M8, the A737 and B780 heading for Ardrossan in two cars. (directions here if you need them) If you download the same maps and directions that we used, be careful around Dalry where we took a slight detour instead of turning onto the B780!
The CalMac site had been checked out when booking the cars and the breakfast they serve onboard for £6 didn't look too bad, but we discovered an ASDA right at the harbour where their mezzanine-floor cafe serves much the same size of plate but with double the amount of items for only £3.50 - so ASDA's breakfast was the unanimous choice.
The sea was very calm on the crossing, and sitting down and unable to see out of the windows you had no impression that the boat was moving at all. There must have been some slight rocking motion however as three of our illustrious shipmates got down to the serious business of having a kip quite sharpish - see the pics below that they knew nothing about ;o)
The crossing of 55 minutes passed pleasantly and soon we were docking at Brodick and found our way to the lodge - directions here - where we were greeted by Jim Kidston PM1428, and which opens early for travelling brethern. We decided to have a stroll round to get our bearings and promptly settled on a Lamlash cafe for some vital supplies.
The weather was beautiful as you can see in some of the photos below of us outside No774's premises. All too soon the meeting started and we were inside. It goes without saying that the degree was of a very high standard, they're serious Masons on the Isle of Arran, you know.
Afterwards the Master, Bro Donald Mackay, and brethern of St Molios further extended their hospitality to their visitors, and we were treated to some wonderful fare, some of us had two plates of their delicious chicken stew and were being pressed to accept a third, but didn't want to appear too greedy.
As well as some happy memories of an excellent lodge, some of us took away prizes in the draw, but suddenly it was time to go as we still had to drive to Jim's house to re-aquaint ourselves with the lovely Ingrid who was looking in great form after her trials at the hands of the NHS. We were provided with nibbles and drinks and everyone decided that the view from their house over Whiting Bay was worth a ransom.
Then it was time to leave Jim and Ingrid as we were booked on the last ferry back, and thought that despite their house being very well appointed, their B+B rates were a bit on the exclusive side so we'd better not miss the sailing time. Back to the cars and off to the harbour, where we discovered that one of the ferry tickets had been mislaid - this was soon resolved by the fine folk in the CalMac office and we didn't need to use Dunsloggin's B+B facilities after all.
After reaching Ardrossan, we took on more scran at the Palazzo Chippy to sustain us on the journey home, which seemed to take less time - even allowing for our wee detour on the way there! The gourmands amongst us agreed it had been a very pleasant and leisurely day visiting the many and various eating establishments on our excursion, and that attending St Molios No774 was a delightful way of tying them all together. We're already talking of repeating the trip next year - come and join us!
Find out about a trip to Arran from many years ago by clicking here!