Tour – 2023 Spring Run

Spring Run 2023.

The Run took place April 21st – 24th staying at the Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links, Fife.

Our meeting point for the start was at Caulders Garden Centre in Cumbernauld. There was tea and coffee served to members, along with a breakfast roll.

The route plan and information for the weekend were distributed to all participants prior to departure from Caulders.

Prior to departure we enjoyed a bite of breakfast and chat.

Setting off for the Fife coast and a quick look at our route instructions before departure.

Our first port of call was Morris Leslie Auctions where we had a very interesting tour of the site. It was fun and informative. 

Some members of the VSMA have a go at being an auctioneer. Not sure what they were selling!

A quick visit to the Jim Clark statue at his birthplace before heading to the hotel.

Jim dons a cap.

Could this be an aspiration to being a member of the VSMA?

Back at the hotel.

Dining at the Old Manor Hotel with a chance to put on best bib and tucker.

Saturday took us on a trip and visit to the Fisheries Museum in Pittenweem.

A fabulous place and our excellent guide, Ronnie took us around this tardis of fascinating exhibits. Ronnie pointed out some terrific art work and told stories giving a real feel of how hard it was, and still is, for fishermen and women then and now. He spoke with real knowledge as he was a skipper himself and his talk was enthralling.

Mid found the ‘Dress up’ box!

Mosaic by a staff member made from sea glass found on the shore.

This full size boat, which was undergoing renovation, was brought into the museum through the service area on a trailer! It was maneuvered in one movement by the driver, without assistance.

Some of the apprenticeship models show the variety in boats.

Scottish whaling was also on display!

Ronnie describes the use of the navigation equipment and it’s evolution with a captivated audience.

A dangerous and difficult occupation but humour is seen here too.

Apologies for darkness of pictures as although photography was allowed, the use of flash photography wasn’t. Some pictures have been lightened.

After Anstruther and the Fisheries museum a visit to the Kingsbarns Distillery.

Sunday was a free day to enjoy the Fife Coast at leisure and then dinner at the hotel. A suitable end to a thoroughly enjoyable Spring Run.

List Of Entries.

Billy & Ann Cuthbertson

Chris & Mary Paton

Ian & Louise Gemmell

Ian & Margaret Smillie

Bill & Jean Montgomery

Ian & Wilma Marwick

Tom & Marion Bicket

Duncan & Adele Paterson

Jim & Margaret Howden

Barry & Nancy Crichton

Hugh & Pat McKinnon

Bob & Margaret Baillie

Mid Bruce & Meg Sword

Tony Fleming

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