Island of Arran (June 2015)

MacDigger of Arran

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Mac Digger will show you photos of his first trip to Arran in thirty years on this page. Thanks to Ruth for organising yet another awesome holiday.

 

Getting there

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Although there is this famous bridge on Arran you can’t use it to get there from the mainland

 

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You have to go by ferry

 

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The ferries are rather pleasant compared to flying (they let you wander round and you can buy chips!)

 

Archaeology

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Arran is famous for its archaeology (here is one of the Machrie Moor stone circles)

 

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And this is what it looks like at midnight

 

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Midnight and a full moon. Isn’t that a “special” time…………..see below

 

Geology

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Some people (well Ruth) think Arran is also famous for its Geology (here you can see a conformity, or was it a dis-conformity, or was it a un-conformity………….)

 

Animals

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DEER. Arran is famous for its deer who are full members of the Lochranza golf course based on the way they sit on the greens

 

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BEAST. In this photo Digger has managed to capture a selfie with the “beast of Arran”. A dangerous wild animals that needs to be kept on a lead (just incase the sheep and rabbits attack him!). His real name is Merlin and he likes mud.

 

Activities

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There is lots to do on Arran. You can rock climb. (Note. to Ben- how did you make that photo you took of me on another holiday look realistic?!)

 

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Admire the views.

 

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Go for walks

 

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Including walking to the best beach (and swim spot) on Arran

 

The Beach

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The beach is stunning (and if you are lucky you will find Pamela eating a picnic on it)

 

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The beach is wonderful and the Loch water is irresistible……….

 

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Full details of this and other swim spots on the New Swims page

 

 Lochs

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Here is another one

 

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Irresistible………….

 

Rivers

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Of course, Arran also has rivers which are also good for bathing/swimming (see New Swims page for details)

 

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The Hoff and Pami by a river on Arran

 

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Its enough to make you go all weird!

 

 The sea

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Arran is an island so it has lots of sea

 

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The sea is good for swimming. Here by the “historic” kings cave which was featured in the well known book “Robert and the Spider”

 

Kilts and spiders

 

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You can tell by the look on these peoples faces that they know this person isn’t wearing real tartan

 

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Just as you can tell that Rowan and Ruth know that they are stood next to someone in real MacDigger tartan. Can you see the spiders web?

 

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This photo shows “someone” in a real tartan kilt stood next to a fake spiders web

 

Druids

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Many archaeologists think that the druids were based on Anglesey (North Wales). Some even believe that the druids had nothing to do with stones erected by prehistoric people over two thousand years before the Druidic priesthood existed……

 

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But how then do they explain this vision seen at midnight of the full moon?

 

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They can’t of course. Although they will probably blame the consumption of whiskey……….

 

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Remember you learn more under the moonlight than in any classroom or lecture theatre.

 

Sunsets over the holiday

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View over the coast from the house

 

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View inside the house at dinner time (not the vision of the moon top right)

 

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Thank you Arran and thank you everyone who went on the holiday