Mearns Probus Report

For the first meeting of the club in July, the speaker was Kip Fraser from Montrose.

A retired teacher who taught in Montrose Academy until retirement, he has always been a keen cyclist.

Last year, he cycled from Lands End to John O’ Groats to raise funds for the Marie Curie organisation and this was the theme of his talk.

Using pictures to illustrate his journey, shown on a large screen, the club members could follow the route and enjoy the various villages, towns and countryside he cycled through.

The journey began with a train trip from Montrose to Penzance, then on to the byke to first travel to Lands End, then back to the Lizard Peninsula to Lizard Point then through Cornwall, Devon, heading north.

Although the shortest distance is under 700 miles, Kip and his fellow cyclists covered over 1040 miles, as they deviated to visit well known tourist attractions.

Into Scotland via Cumbria and a visit to the cave at Kikpatrick Fleming where Robert the Bruce was said to have hidden and the origin of the Spider story, then through the Lowlands into the Highlands.

Up the A9 to Inverness the Black Isle then another detour from Bonar Bridge to Lairg and to Bettyhill, before going east to their destination at the famous land mark at John O’ Groats.

Next day Kip spent round Duncansby Head on foot, to view the famous Stacks and bird colonies there.

His return journey also included a stop at Whaligoe Steps south of Thrumster in Caithness.

There are over 300 steps down to the sea, and this was where fish were landed, then carried up in baskets by the fisher women to be then sold round the country also from their back baskets.

Past President Ian Davidson proposed thanks on behalf of the club. A collection from the members for the Marie Curie funds raised over £100 which was presented to Kip.