The Isle of Arran, often called 'Scotland in miniature', is a place I've visited several times over the past decade or so. I think I fall in love with it a little more each time I go, and my recent trip of approximately 28 hours in the summer sunshine was no exception.
So, the timescale went a bit like this:
08.20 Ferry departed Ardrossan
9.15 Arrived in Arran, and had breakfast outside in the sunshine at Little Rock cafe (highly recommended) then bought snacks at the Co-op for climbing Goatfell
11.00 Set off for Goatfell and began the climb!
It advises that it should take 4-5 hours, but with the heat, plenty of breaks and all the photo taking at the top, it ended up taking us about 5 hours.
so, back to the timings...
17.00 We sat outside in the sunshine at the pub at the bottom of the hill :)
18.00 A wild swim in the harbour (not me this time but one of my friends)
19.30 Headed for the Ormidale pub for some tasty grub and spent most of the evening in the bar. I would highly recommend this place for the friendly locals (and cute dogs!)
Sometime after midnight we set up the tent in a woodland at a walkable distance from the pub... (sorry I didn't get any photos of this!)
09.00 Back to the Little Rock cafe in Brodick for breakfast
10.00 Shopping! Active Arran is a great shop full of outdoor gear and well worth a look, then we went for a walk along the shore
11.00 Cake and cuppas in Fiddlers - again highly recommended. I want to go back in the evening and hear the live music.
11.45 We sat in the sunshine by the water until it was time to get the boat back just after 1pm.
A quick but fun packed sunny trip. I can't wait until the next one... for more inspiration visit www.visitarran.com If you're keen to walk up Goatfell, you can read about it on the Walkhighlands site.
I'm Kelly. A thirty-something year old adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Read more about me in the ABOUT ME section.