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Jun 11, 2011 - Isle of Arran Distillery

After breakfast at our B&B we did a quick tour of Brodick on foot / scooter. The weather was bright and sunny, but a bit cool with the sea breeze. We found that there was no place to get laundry done. Oh well - maybe tomorrow. We decided to head back up to the north end of the island to visit the Arran Distillery. Arran Distillery is a relatively new distillery, built and opened in 1997. Their oldest stock is only 15 or 16 years old. They make a non-peaty island style whiskey. They have one small main copper stil (and a smaller secondary...

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Jun 11, 2011 - Arran Folk Music Festival

On arrival on the island on Wednesday we found that the 17th annual Arran Folk Music Festival started on Thursday and ran all weekend long. Unfortunately, every hotel that we checked was booked solid for the weekend. We finally (on Thursday) found a small B&B near to the festival site in Brodick (Bay View B&B - £56 per night) that had a room just become available that morning. We booked for Friday and Saturday night, then we changed our ferry reservations, and bought weekend passes for the festival. The Folk Festival was to have concerts on...

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Jun 11, 2011 - You Gotta Love the Scotts

The Scots are great. We love them. They have been so friendly and helpful to us, and they are always trying to help us save money. On at least three occasions they have gone out of their way to save us money. The first was on the tourism pass that I made mention of last week. Then when we were taking the ferry over to Arran we ordered our tickets over the phone. When we got to the ferry terminal the agent informed us that they had overcharged us for our tickets and he had refunded us the difference. Then once when we were buying some...

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Jun 10, 2011 - Brodick Castle

Just outside of the town of Brodick is the famous Brodick Castle. It was on the Scottish £20 bill for many years. The Castle was one of the summer palaces of the Hamilton family who were the richest and most important family in Scotland (according to guides at the Castle). This was one of many of their many properties. It is a sprawling palace, more of a palace now than a castle. Originally it was built as a castle to defend the bay and island in the 13th Century. It was extended in the 14th and 15th century, and significantly expanded in...

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Jun 10, 2011 - Isle of Arran - Scotland in Miniature

Rugged Coastal areas, mountains, castles, sheep, rich history, beaches, golf, whiskey distilleries (Arran), music, narrow windy roads, quaint little towns, pubs, haggis, local beer, friendly people, bag pipes. It has it all. Except the terrible weather. We had exceptionally fine weather while we were on Arran. The island is quite small, only about 53 miles around the entire island by road. The road around the island stays pretty much along the coast, except in a couple of places to avoid high headlands. There is also is a road across the...

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Jun 9, 2011 - Neolithic Stones

We arrived last evening on the Isle of Arran and had a restful night. Linda slept in and we had a late breakfast overlooking the ocean. After breakfast, with the sun shining we headed out to check out a trail that we had read about that was potentially accessible by wheelchair / scooter to some neolithic standing stones. The Machrie Stone Circles were supposedly the best on the island and one of the best in Scotland. We read that the trail to the stones was accessible and about 4 km return. We drove around to the west side of the island and...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Isle of Arran

We reluctantly left Caerlaverock about 2:30 PM and headed NW for Ayr on the coast of the Irish Sea. We drove straight across and reached Ardrossan in time to make that last ferry across to the Isle of Arran. We found a nice hotel at the southern end of the island that had a wheelchair accessible suite for £110, a bit more than we usually pay, but it is very beautiful here. The hotel sits right above the rocks of the ocean, and we can see the lighthouse on the island across the bay from our window. Tomorrow we will explore Arran.

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