Isle of Arran Off The Beaten Path

  • The harbor at Blackwaterfoot
    The harbor at Blackwaterfoot
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  • The harbor's channel to the sea
    The harbor's channel to the sea
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  • It must be hard to 'stalk' these deer
    It must be hard to 'stalk' these deer
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    OTHER PEAKS

    by mtncorg Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Crest of Mullach Buidhe
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    Cir Mohr is maybe the most elegant peak on Arran standing between Glens Rosa, Sannox and Lorsa. Casiteal Abhail, directly north, offers arguably the best overall views on the island. Beinn Nuiss, Beinn Tarsuinn and A’Chir offer tough walkers even more views. Beinn Bharrain give one a totally different perspective from the more forgotten peaks of northwestern Arran.

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    NORTH GOATFELL PEAK

    by mtncorg Written Oct 2, 2007

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    Down into Glen Rosa from atop North Goatfell
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    Lying about a half kilometer north of Goat fell is another peak the is between the beautiful glacial U-shaped valleys of Glen Rosa and Glen Sannox. North Goatfell stands a bit lower at 818 metes - Goatfell is 874 - but your view is as good or maybe even better. Other peaks stand invitingly close at hand. There is also not so many people up here.

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    RED DEER

    by mtncorg Written Oct 2, 2007

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    Red deer browses by castle at Lochranza
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    Most of northern Arran is owned by a triumvirat known as Arranland. A continuous deer-fence extends around the northern portiion of the island which allows the red deer population of well over 1000 to roam over a good section of land. One place they really seem to like is the golf course at Lochranza where they serve as moving hazards. Every night I spent in Lochranza, the rutting of big bucks rattled through the evening skies. Walkers should be wry during Stalking Season - officially mid-August to mid-October, probably with more emphasis on the latter period - when some areas are closed to walkers. Deer stalking is an important factor in the Arran economy since hunters here bring in considerably more cash than day trippers to Brodick Castle.

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    BLACKWATERFOOT

    by mtncorg Written Oct 2, 2007

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    The harbor at Blackwaterfoot
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    Here come that British English again. ‘Foot’ in this case indicates the mouth of a stream that can be used as a harbor. There is a little harbor that was full of boats which can set out and in only during high tide. The small village serves as the center for western Arran and is dominated by a large Best Western hotel. Good weather could mean nice beach walks with views out over Drumadoon Bay towards the Kintyre Peninsula and Campbelltown.

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    Stone circles and Standing Stones

    by TravellingSpirit Written Jul 14, 2006

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    the judgement stone (notice the hole at the top)
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    There are standing stones and stone circles all over Arran. The main site of these is at Machrie, on the West coast of the island. It is over a mile to walk from the road to the stones, so wear walking shoes (unlike I did!). We just hitch hiked from Brodick, where the ferry comes in, to Machrie, and a lovely couple who lived on the west coast gave us a lift. There is a bus service that takes you to Machrie, but these buses are not regular and the locals are very willing to give folks lifts.

    I should learn to listen when people tell me the history of these places, but you will find a good summary here http://www.stonesofwonder.com/machrie.htm

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