Years ago Ashique had a boys trip to the Isle of Arran, Scotland with two of his friends. So many years later, they still can’t stop talking about the beauty and wilderness in this place. Camping on the beach with seals outside your tent, deer around the corner, eating fresh lobster on the grill, being the only people around, hiking the mountain trails and coastal paths…not to mention – and I won’t talk about that – the crazy adventures with fellow drunken scottish campers at night!
So what makes this place so special?
They chose to go here as Arran was in the top 10 Best campsites posted in the Guardian. A few facts from their travel experiences, if you are ever considering a holday here.
Where is Arran?
Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. With an area of 432 square kilometres it is the seventh largest Scottish island. It has many villages scattered around the shoreline. Brodick (Old Norse: “broad bay”) has the ferry terminal and many modes of accommodations, restaurants and shops.
How do you get to Arran?
You can get here by car, train and ferry. Arran is situation on the west coast of Scotland, just south of Glasgow. You can take fly or take train to Glasgow and then local train to all of the major towns in Ayrshirethen. Caledonian MacBrayne run regular ferry crossings between Ardrossan and Clanaig to Brodickon Arran. The boys took the ferry which takes 55 minutes, enough time to relax, unwind and enjoy the views.
What can you expect to see and do there?
There are several beaches to choose from, each with it’s own unique character. Not sure which ones Ashique went to, he doesn’t remember either but for him it was just amazing seeing seals on the beach, deer nearby, plenty of birds, lovely rock formations and stunning seascape views.
Ashique mostly goes on about the lovely walks they did around the island. They climbed Goats Fell which is about 800m above sea level. The diversity of the landscape, glens, coastal walks and trails made it one of his favourite hiking adventures around UK.
According to Visit Arran the heritage here dates back as far as the Stone Age, perhaps as far as 7000BC, and evidence of this can still be seen around the island. The Heritage Museum at Rosaburn, Brodick offers an amazing insight into all of Arran’s fascinating history. There is also Brodick Castle, gardens and visitor Centre which is highly recommended.
Isle of Arran has a variety of unique rocks types and formations within a very small area. This makes it a fascinating destination for anyone interested in the earth sciences, whether they’re professionals or enthusiastic amateurs!
What makes this place so special?
The serene and wild environment, the natural beauty of this island, the unique geological formations and the abundance of wildlife all came together to make this a very special place for Ashique. I can only agree from seeing all the beautiful pictures here. We do like Scotland a lot, you can read about our road trip to Lochness from London with 11 month old Shahaar!
Posted as part of Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity #SundayTraveler hosted by Pack Me Too Our World Tuesday, Nature’s Notes hosted by Rambling Woods and #Weekendwanderlust hosted by A Brit and a Southerner