Embarking on a Grand Scottish Tour, heading north to John O’Groats and over to the Western Isles, with a 40mph moped as your means of travel brings certain challenges.
But the weather, mountains and even mechanical problems all added to the adventure for an intrepid band of bikers who set out from the East Neuk on their tour, all in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission.
The week-long trip covering more than 1000 miles was the idea of Scott Jones, from St Monans, who wanted to raise money for the charity which had supported his mother when her partner, Ian Donald, was lost with the Pittenweem fishing boat Meridian in 2006.
In all, 14 bikers from all over the country, some meeting for the first time, set off from Pittenweem Harbour on their Honda C90 mopeds.
The first stop was not too far into the journey - St Andrews for chips - but they made it to Fraserburgh for their first overnight camp and were well fed by the local Mission kitchen staff.
They continued going north and it was a great moment for Scott when he and his fellow riders arrived at John O’Groats, despite the challenging weather and some unpredictable machines.
They proceeded west and then south, calling in at Mission stations on the way, and being made welcome wherever they went.
Each rider had their own sponsors for the tour but they also carried collecting tins and found tremendous goodwill towards the work of the Fishermen’s Mission.
A slight detour took them across to Skye, and then the ferry brought them to another Mission outpost at Mallaig before they headed down Glencoe and back across Scotland to finish where their adventure began.
“I cannot thank everybody involved enough,” said Scott.
The weather was rough but that added to the challenge.Scott Jones
“The lads all got on so well and helped one another cheerfully whatever came our way.
“The weather was rough but that added to the challenge and I am so pleased to have done this after thinking about it so long.”
The money from their sponsors is still coming in but to date they have handed over £13,500 to support the work of the Mission. Douglas Paterson, chairman of the Aberdeen management committee, and Peter Donald, the Fife superintendent. were on hand recently to say a big thank you to Scott and his friends.
Donations can still be submitted via the Fishermen’s Mission Justgiving page on the Mission website: fishermensmission.org.uk