ALLOA'S intrepid 82-year-old solo explorer has recently rounded Land's End as he continues a 1,900-nautical-mile charity sailing voyage.

Murdoch McGregor cast off from his hometown in early June to sail around the UK in a bid to raise funds for charity Mental Health UK.

He only started sailing in his 70s but is still young in spirit and rounded Land's End last Thursday, July 8.

At the start of this week, Murdoch was leaving Padstow for Ilfracombe, beginning the northbound leg of his journey, following the western coast.

Rounding Land's End was a "happy tear moment" for the intrepid explorer, who has been sharing updates from his journey via social media.

Amazingly, Murdoch's adventure has already raised £3,300 for the good cause, which is close to his heart.

Since setting off in his small Hunter 23 boat, christened Artemis, on Saturday, June 5, Murdoch has also received the support of Alloa Round Table and spoke to chairman John Dornan on the phone.

In a social media post, Murdoch said: "Naturally, I was delighted.

"He then asked if I would like to carry with me on my journey around the UK an engraved Alloa Round Table silver quaich.

"The significance of the quaich was that it would carry the message of the work of the Alloa Round Table.

"That it epitomised charity, helping good causes in the district, encouraging friendship and fellowship.

"The quaich would also carry with it a message of good will from the people of Alloa and district.

"He also suggested that I take the quaich ashore and have it photographed in various [places] all around the country."

The first image with the quaich was taken at Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland while the second features Murdoch and Stewart, a 73-year-old retired mechanic from Hartlepool.

Not only did the old mechanic step up to the plate when Murdoch arrived to Hartlepool harbour with urgent works needed to his engine, he insisted he would not charge for the work in a bid to support the fundraising cause.

Murdoch said: "Here was this extremely humble old gentleman epitomising everything the Round Table stood for.

"So, representing Port of Hartlepool, the monument is not of stone, but of a humble charitable gent named Stewart."

The quaich has also featured in a photo from Port of Wells with harbour master Robert Smith MBE who is "decorated for his selfless devotion to his office and for the countless sailors he has come to the aid of, and very often the rescue of".

Murdoch is around halfway through his voyage, people can visit to support the fundraiser and reach the target of £5,000.