Sir, As a frequent visitor to Arran (with my trusty bike) I have experienced the warm welcome given by Arran islanders and would like to use your paper to express my thanks following a recent incident.
I was with a party of three cyclists on a circuit of the island. This was the first time for one of our group and we were keen to ensure he was aware of all of the ‘bad bits’ of road. Unfortunately, a mixture of inexperience and enthusiasm, meant he had a bad fall on the steep hill entering Lagg and was pretty badly injured. He limped on until Machrie when his breathing began to give him trouble and an ambulance was called.
I called in at Machrie Bay Tearoom to ask if I could leave a bike there until we could get back to collect it. The staff there could not have been any more helpful and nothing was too much trouble. My friend’s bike was safely stored in their back shop, I was driven back to where my companions were waiting and a lift to Arran War Memorial Hospital was offered. They even offered to transport the bike to Brodick pier for us.
This wee place always offers a great respite for cyclists food-wise but I didn’t realise they did double duty as a medical emergency centre.
My thanks to this lovely group of women, from me, my partner and his pal with the broken ribs. Thanks also to the quick, efficient and calming response from the Arran ambulance crew.
Yours, Wendy Wilson, Ardrossan.