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Day tripping (13) – Holy Isle from Lamlash Bay

Posted by Jackie on July 25, 2009


This picture was taken on Arran, from the little town of Lamlash on the coast, looking towards one of Arran’s “satellite” islands. This one is the biggest of them, Holy Isle, and it is the home of a Buddhist retreat centre. It is possible to do day trips from Lamlash to Holy Isle, or to stay longer at the retreat centre.

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Day Tripping (12) – Machrie Moor, Arran

Posted by Jackie on July 24, 2009


I’m now going back “doon the watter” to a day trip I did more recently. Just south of Cumbrae (featured at the start of the week) is the larger Isle of Arran (the 7th largest of the Scottish islands, and the 9th largest British island), which I visited last month for my (significant and unmentionable) birthday. We managed to cover most of the island in a day (including a distillery tour, exploring a castle, a decent walk inland and circumnavigating the island by car), but there was so much to do and see there that it would make a good long weekend or even longer for a break. I loved Arran, what a beautiful place it was. The ferry leaves Ardrossan (an hour’s drive from home) and takes 50 minutes to reach Arran’s port of Brodick.

This picture is taken from our walk in Machrie Moor. The moor is home to several Bronze Age stone circles – unlike other stone circles such as Stonehenge in England, or Calanais on the Isle of Lewis, which seem to have some role in worship, the circles on Machrie Moor are thought (as I understand it) to be burial sites.

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Day tripping (9) – Arran and Bute from Great Cumbrae

Posted by Jackie on July 21, 2009


This is the view I was talking about yesterday – the nearer island is the southern end of Bute, and in the distance you can see the snow-capped peaks of the lovely Isle of Arran.

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