Village of Lochranza and Loch Ranza, Arran, Scotland

Village of Lochranza and Loch Ranza, Arran, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the village of Lochranza, a pretty village in a scenic location on the northern tip of the Isle of Arran which in turn lies off the West Coast of Scotland. Here is a diversity of experiences including geology, prehistory, a castle, flora, whisky making, deer, golf and beautiful shoreline scenery. All of this in a relatively compact area.

Here is a video of Lochranza whilst immediately below is the castle which probably dates from the late 16th to early 17th century.

Lochranza Castle, Arran, Scotland.

Lochranza Castle, Arran, Scotland.

Here is one of the most important sites in the history of the science of geology, Hutton’s Unconformity. James Hutton discovered in 1787 the first ever unconformity. An unconformity is formed by two sedimentary rocks of very different periods which have all the rocks between them missing through erosion. At Lochranza the older green Cambrian schists deposited as sea mud some 550 million years ago now lean outward towards the sea and are covered with red deposits from the end of the Carboniferous laid down some 350 m years ago and leaning inland. All rocks in the intermediate 200 million years are missing.

Hutton's Unconformity, Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Hutton’s Unconformity, Lochranza, Isle of Arran.

Kintyre Ferry at Lochranza, Arran, Scotland

Kintyre Ferry at Lochranza, Arran, Scotland

Prehistoric Stone Circle on shoreline at Lochranza, Arran.

Prehistoric Stone Circle on shoreline at Lochranza, Arran.

Red Deer at Lochranza, Arran.

Red Deer at Lochranza, Arran.

Basking Seal at Lochranza, Arran, Scotland.

Basking Seal at Lochranza, Arran, Scotland.

Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Arran

Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Arran

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