Basking Seal at Lamlash Bay, Arran

Today, we benefited from clement weather throughout most of the day and in course of our tour visited a prehistoric stone circle, saw basking seals, a replica Viking long boat, Highland Cows and some wonderful coastal scenery.

We first departed Brodick and drove for a couple of miles south where we were able to access an incomplete stone circle, dating back possibly 5000 years, from a stop on the roadside.

Stone circle near Brodick, Arran, Scotland

Next, we visited Lamlash where we explored the scenic coastal area with views of Holy Island.Here, we also encountered a basking seal close to the shore Next, we moved on to nearby Kilbride Chapel which is in a ruined state and may date from the 14th century. The Chapel is the only medieval structure of its type on Arran.

Kilbride Chapel, Lamlash, Arran, Scotland

Next, we continued south to Whiting Bay where we availed of refreshment and photographed a replica Viking Longboat moored in the Bay.

Replica Viking Long-boat at Whiting Bay, Arran, Scotland

Next to Kildonan where we stopped for photographs of the coastal scenery which included Pladda Island. Ailsa Craig was visible in the distance.

Kildonan and Pladda Island, Arran, Scotland

Next, we continued round the coast stopping for pictures of a small herd of photogenic Highland Cows conveniently situated close to the road.

Highland Cow, Arran, Scotland

Next, we continued north, stopping for pictures of Drumadoon Bay.

Drumadoon Bay, Arran, Scotland

Next, we continued round the north of the island through Lochranza where we stopped briefly at the distillery.

Final leg of today’s tour entailed a drive down to Brodick. Here we stopped first for shopping at Arran Aromatics and then spent about one hour at Brodick Castle Gardens which were resplendent in the sunshine.

Garden Scene at Brodick Castle, Arran, Scotland

Woodland Garden at Brodick Castle, Arran, Scotland

Brodick Castle, Arran, Scotland

Brodick Castle concluded our touring for the day whereafter we returned to our lodgings and then availed of dinner at a local restaurant.

Tomorrow, we return to the mainland and head east to visit sites in East Lothian.

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