There seems to be a mobile phone app for everything these days, so it is extra handy, that GPS technology can track how far you have cycled on your bike, writes Calum Corral.

Utilising GPS technology, apps such as 'Map My Ride' provide details of the distance, direction, and time you have been on your saddle, and also has a handy calorie counter as well! At the end of your cycle, it gives you a map which also shows the elevations and descents, and various other stats.

During last week's spell of mild weather, I preferred waiting until nearer sun down to get out and about on my bike, as it was cooler, and it also meant you had a good chance of catching a good sunset.

I made my way south along the Hunterston cycle path towards Seamill and made it out as far as The Waterside in Ardrossan, but decided to go on further, and headed out towards The Rowan Tree.

Sure enough, there was an incredible and vibrant sunset, as the sun looked like a shining coin in the sky.

I dashed down to the beach with my camera to capture some photos, and noticed some unusual standing stones. However, I later discovered on returning home that they weren't stones at all, but it was actually an old shipwreck.

This mysterious wreck which is mostly buried, pops out of the beach just in front of the small static caravan park between Ardrossan and Seamill. I am not very sure of its origins, and I wonder if readers are aware? If so, email

It was certainly a worthwhile cycle, and I sped past the old sea mill just before the Hydro.

The exact origin of the mill is unclear but it was known about as far back as the 1650s, and was in regular use until 1922, after which it was used intermittently, but it finally closed in 1940.

Water to power the mill was transferred by a channel from the Kilbride burn which itself discharged into the Clyde at the southwest corner of the current Seamill Hydro grounds.

It is an interesting and rare example of the old mill industry which used to exist in the local area.

But I couldn't 'mill around', so to speak, as night fall was fast approaching as I made my way back to Fairlie, and benefitted from the new solar lighting on the Hunterston cycle track between the two roundabouts.

The lights are based on each side of the path, similar to cats eyes, and charge and activate using natural sunlight and include two reflective strips and two solar lights.

A total of 229 solar lights were installed on the path. I arrived home, and my app told me I had rode 15.49 miles, over one hour and 45 minutes, with an average speed of 13.7 mph. Appy days!