|The view to the West|
Glenforsa has long been one of my favourite flying destinations, and with good reason. It is under two hours flying time (in nil wind conditions) from the Carlisle area and the route takes in some stunning Scottish scenery. Glenforsa's airfield has a beautifully manicured 800m grass strip and is situated right on the coast, overlooking the Sound of Mull, with excellent views of distant hills and the Sound itself. Finally, and very satisfyingly, there is a hotel alongside the airfield, a mere 50 years of so from the airfield boundary.
The weather on the 30th of August was just too good to ignore and soon I was on my way to Kirkbride, having loaded up with fuel at the local garage. With just a light northerly wind, the outbound leg took 1hr 55m, routing at 5000ft via Turnberry, Arran, Lochgilphead and the BRUCE intersection. Arriving at Glenforsa the wind dropped to almost nothing, making a straight in approach to runway 25 completely uneventful.
|Looking East towards the mainland|
After a quick lunch in the Glenforsa Hotel I went for a short walk up the Glen that gives Glenforsa its name. It is a beautiful, if rather flat walk into the island, eventually reaching the foothills of some quite large mountains. Unfortunately I didn't have time to walk that far on this occasion. On my return, I noticed a sign for a bed and breakfast establishment just off the airfield and made a note of the name, Ty an Solas, for future reference.
|JONL had a good view to the North|
An altogether superb day out. Glenforsa keeps its prime slot as my favourite Scottish airfield.
Post updated and published 04-Oct-2010