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Prehistoric Rock Art, Stronach Wood

Prehistoric Rock Art, Stronach Wood, Isle of Arran

 
 This evening, I am focusing on a well preserved example of British rock art  as found at Stronach Wood, near Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland. The designs and location are consistent with other examples of this work as found in nearby Kilmartin Glen  and elsewhere, viz:

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Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland

 
This evening, I am focusing on Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland which I visited earlier today.
 
This castle is first glimpsed on arrival by ferry from the mainland. Adjacent to the castle are stunning gardens comprising a formal walled garden, woodland walks, three national collections of rhododendron, a Bavarian summer house and a ice house.The outer environs comprise an a extensive country park  with abundant wildlife  and which extends from sea shore to top of nearby Goat Fell mountain (874m.) and includes over ten miles of hiking trails to explore.
 
The castle interior comprises a magnificent residence with fine paintings, antique furniture and the famous Beckford silver collection.
 
Here is a summary of the historical background:

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Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Today, we enjoyed a stunning diversity of experiences including geology, prehistory, a castle, flora, whisky making and beautiful shoreline scenery. All of this was found in a relatively compact area in and around Lochranza on the north of the Isle of Arran off the west of Scotland.

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