Seal at Lochranza, Arran

This morning, we drove from Lagg to Brodick via some stunning scenery including Holy Isle and Lamlash.

Sheep guarding road to Lamlash.

View to Holy Isle from Arran.

Holy Isle

Following a brief stop at Brodick we drove to North Sannox on the east side of Arran from where I commenced a nine mile hike along the coast finishing at Lochranza. The hiking trail proved mixed ranging from dirt road to rock scrambling and very wet underfoot for about half of the distance. A feature of the first stage was the bellowing of rutting Red Deer resonating around the cliffs. Other connections with nature included a robin, heron, cormorants  swans, rowan berries, fungi and a heavily fleeced solo sheep which seem to have skipped the summer shearing session.

Goatfell from Brodick.

Fungi

Bedraggled Sheep

Rugged Hiking Trail.

Sandstone cliffs.

Boggy hiking trail.

Wildflower.

Cormorants and view to Kintyre.

Swans and view to Kintyre.

Cormorants and view to Kintyre.

Robin looking to Kintyre.

Heron and view to Kintyre.

Coastline.

Lochranza Castle.

A good portion of the trail followed a geological feature known as a raised beach which occurs when the land rises and sea subsides following end of the last ice age. There were also ancient caves in the cliffs which are now well above the waterline.

Along the trail I passed a former salt panning operation from the 19th century and another geological feature known as Hutton’s Unconformity.

On arrival at Lochranza I noticed a number of seals on the rocks plus a dolphin but image of the latter was restricted to a mediocre video clip.

Finally, I returned late to lodgings at Lagg in the south of Arran.

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