Friday, December 3, 2010

ISLE of ARRAN / From Sky & Sea & Sand...

The Isle of Arran, Scotland, is the most southerly populated Scottish island and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide but has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes. Arran is the seventh largest Scottish island and the ninth largest island surrounding Great Britain (excluding Ireland).
The pretty villages on Arran's beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. Arran is often described as 'Scotland in miniature'.
A fascinating and surprising island, it has an unrivalled range of landscapes, covering the whole spectrum of Scottish scenery in one delightfully compact package. It is big enough to offer a bewildering variety of activities yet small enough to retain its intimate island atmosphere.
Before we go over and visit this magical island, let's first enjoy the following views of Arran from sky, sea, and mainland.

ISLE of ARRAN / Brodick...

We are on our way to Brodick, Isle of Arran, aboard MV Caledonian Isles. It is a 55 minute sail from Ardrossan, so sit back, relax and enjoy the fantatsic views of the approaching island.

                                   entering Brodick Bay

         Harbour always busy at ferry arrival / deaprture times

                        Welcome to the ISLE of ARRAN!                            

                  Arran's Premier Pipe Band pipes us ashore 

                               shops at the north end of

                                           Brodick with...                             

                                   putting green across street               





                       SIX GREAT VIEWS OF BRODICK BAY!

                          the world's last...

                                                             sea-going paddle steamer...the Waverley

                           Ferry heading back to Ardrossan  

                                  Glen Rosa in sun and mist.       

                Auchrannie Hotel

                                                         with new complex and leisure centre

         Ormidale Hotel...with just maybe...the best bar on the island


Oh Flower of Scotland you hide a most attractive visitor...let's go up to Strathwhillan for a much better view...