"Arran" Isle of Arran by elanis

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It might have been rainy and miserable when we left Glasgow, and indeed when we arrived at the ferryport, but as soon as we arrived on the Isle of Arran the sun came out to greet us. Brodick (the main settlement) offers the usual tourist attractions you'd expect on the west coast of Scotland, along with a fine cheese factory and a great brewery - which we stopped to investigate. If you're into walking then Goat Fell is supposed to be worth the climb, but I must admit I only gazed up at it from a bench outside the brewery where the beer was proving to be worth my attention.

Between rain showers (we weren't completely spared) we found a bus that took us across to the other side of the island, to a village called Blackwaterfoot. There we found a fantastic butcher selling organic local produce, we stocked up on breakfast goods and then followed a path that ran behind the golf course (one of seven!)

Drumnadoon Bay is the location of the King's Cave (where Robert the Bruce famously watched the spider climbing up the wall). We camped (possibly illegally) on the shore down here, taking care not to be intrusive to the wildlife - we saw seals and all kinds of birds of prey - and cooked some fabulous kebabs on an open fire.

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  • Pros:Easily accessible from Glasgow
  • Cons:Can't rely on the weather!
  • Last visit to Isle of Arran: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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