Saturday past saw another #BigWoof Tour take place in Portrush, and what a day we had! In the run up to a tour I like to keep an eye on the weather so I can see what we can expect on tour. So on Thursday it gave sunshine from 10am, but alas at 9.30am there was a hailstorm!! Hailstones bouncing off the car while I sat in the car park. Obviously, I started to think about the people coming on tour…as for me, I will walk in anything, but I certainly didn’t want the dogs and doggie humans to be getting soaked – after all we would be covering 5km! Fortunately, the hailstones stopped and it dried up a bit to enable us to get the tour underway – mind you not for long, as we approached Tilly’s we hit some more rain, so a wee cup of coffee was very welcome. What a spread these guys put on for #DogFriendlyTours – jam sponge, fruit cake, fresh baked scones, shortbread, rocky roads, and of course the wonderful Tillys dog biscuits from Murphys Barkery.
The rain continued on our way around the coastal path, where we stopped briefly for information on local points of interest, and the rain eased off before we headed up Ramore Head. After our sweet treat, a welcome phone call from Willie in the Harbour Bar advising that the fire was lit was great timing as we were all in need of a wee Guinness and a fire. We dried off in the snug for a while, and enjoyed the superb tastes of the North Coast Smokehouse Salmon and salt.
The tour visited several #dogfriendly retailers en route, and the tour concluded at 55 North, where we enjoyed a light lunch with a glass of wine, followed by a great beer tasting session from Laurie of Lacada Brewery – the Portrush based beer co-operative. Some debate about the beer of preference was had, and some of us are looking forward to the Portrush Beer Festival now on October 6-8th!
As we are now in the Autumn season, my mantra will be ‘layers are best’. You can’t go wrong with layers – I think I had 4 layers on me last Saturday, but I’m always freezing these days! For future tour participants, bring layers in abundance, from thermal under garments, to waterproof trousers, gloves and hats. It’s only a bit of rain or wind, but when you have the right gear it’s so much easier!
The next #BigWoof Tour will take place on October 14th and a Big Woof Hallowe’en Howler tour on October 28th.
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