Replica Viking Longboat at Largs, Scotland

TOUR MAY 19th 2016

This morning, I collected guests from Glasgow’s West End and embarked on a tour as follows:

  • Clyde Coast, passing through Port Glasgow (with brief stop to view Newark Castle), Greenock, Gourock and Inverkip with a coffee/refreshment stop at Largs Marina. From here we could see the ‘Pencil Monument’ which marks site of the sea battle in 1263 when the Scots finally defeated a Norwegian/Viking force and thereby secured control over the whole of Scotland.
  • After departing Largs we drove on down to Ardrossan and caught the 12.30 pm ferry to Isle of Arran.
  • On arrival at Brodick, Arran we drove north to the village of Lochranza with purpose of visiting a famous geological site known as Hutton’s Unconformity. At Lochranza we also Red Deer and Lochranza Castle.
  • Next, we drove around the east coast of Arran with aim of visiting the famous prehistoric site known as Machrie Moor but were defeated by heavy rain. (To reach the site entails a 1.5 mile round trip hike.).
  • After refreshment near Pimmill we continued round the perimeter of the island passing Drumadoon Bay, Whiting Bay and Lamlash with views of Holy Island before returning to Brodick where we availed of refreshments prior to connecting with the 7.20pm return ferry to Ardrossan,
  • On arrival at Ardrossan we drove N.E. to Glasgow, passing through rolling Ayrshire countryside, arriving back at start point about 8.30pm.

Pencil Monument, Largs, Scotland

At Hutton’s Unconformity, Arran, Scotland

Primroses at Hutton’s Unconformity, Arran

Bird’s Foot Trefoil at Hutton’s Unconformity, Arran

Red Deer at Lochranza, Arran, Scotland

Lochranza Castle, Arran, Scotland

Goatfell (2866 feet), Arran, Scotland

Brodick, Arran, Scotland

Ardrossan Harbour, Scotland

We achieved a full agenda of sites but the tour was affected by persistent rain and poor visibility.

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