Day trip to Isle of Arran

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Headed out to the Isle of Arran

Vaiji had told me all about the Isle Of Arran from ages, that it was a must-see, it's a must-see only by cycle and that a fishing village in this part of the world is sthg special, and sthg uncommon. So needless to say, the hype was building up inside me because I'd frankly never imagined I'd circuit round an island in a day on a cycle, much less a "fishing village".

The day started rather early, I was told it's not the easiest to get to... so I caught a train to Androssan and from the bay, made my way to the passenger ferry that would take us to the island. The ride was cold. There I was thinking I could appreciate the lovely Scottish breeze but all I got instead was a very cool stinging breeze that made me spend the remaining part of the trip indoors.

at the dockyards
The ferry was rather crowded, obviously a popular tourist destination!

We reached Brodick and the view as we approached the town was unmissable. Very good!

Once onshore, I headed to the nearest cycle stand and rented myself a cycle. It had been years since I'd cycled. So off and away I went on the narrow winding roads with a lovely view of the coastline to my right and hills and estates to the left.

My first stop was the Brodick Castle. It was previously a seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Obviously more of a stately home rather than a majestic/big kinda castle like Edinburgh

Cycling through the gardens of a Castle however was a totally different experience for me.

All ready to board
It was lovely, and so relaxed which is ironic given that I hadn't cycled uphill in days. I had a quick energy boost at the Castle store and then I walked around the grounds. Lovely blue flowers kind of like our bluebonnets, not sure what they're called.

From the castle, I spent some time cycling around the lovely island. It had started to warm a bit and I was taking frequent rests in the shades. Around 4pm or so, I turned around and started heading back to the harbour. I bought some mango milkshake, boarded the ferry and returned to Androssan a little after sunset. And then, it was Glasgow again!

All in all, a nice lovely day and sthg quite unique as well. I don't know the last time I visited a non-mainstream city as part of a holiday!

mountaingirl says:
I have not been to this place and am glad to read it :)
Posted on: Oct 20, 2016
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Headed out to the Isle of Arran
Headed out to the Isle of Arran
at the dockyards
at the dockyards
All ready to board
All ready to board
Picture of me and the Union Jack!
Picture of me and the Union Jack!
View of Brodick from the ferry
View of Brodick from the ferry
Wahey! Im in the Isle of Arran!
Wahey! I'm in the Isle of Arran!
My first stop in Brodick!
My first stop in Brodick!
Taking an energy boost break by th…
Taking an energy boost break by t…
Front elevation of the castle
Front elevation of the castle
the garden that overlooks water
the garden that overlooks water
Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle
view of the coastline and golfcour…
view of the coastline and golfcou…
Brodick
photo by: Vikram