Day trip to Isle of Arran
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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.
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.
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!