Pheasant at Machrie, Arran

Today, was the final day of our sojourn on the Isle of Arran. Weather improved slightly, damp and overcast inĀ  morning but brightening in afternoon.

After departing our lodgings at Lagg we embarked on an interesting trip entailing visits to an ancient sea cave with carvings from the early Christian period, a Bronze Age burial cairn and the coastal village of Blackwaterfoot. En-route we encountered, various fungi on the forest floor, swans and a couple of cock pheasants engaged in a strange ritual.

Solo prehistoric standing stone at Machrie, Arran

Colourful red fungi on trail to King’s Cave. Russula Emetica

Swans at Blackwaterfoot, Arran

Blackwaterfoot Harbour, Arran

Clauchan Water at Blackwaterfoot, Arran

Auchagallon Bronze Age Burial Cairn at Machrie Bay, Arran

Auchagallon Bronze Age Burial Cairn overlooking Kilbrannan Sound and Kintyre. About 4000 years old.

View from forest trail to King’s Cave

En-route to King’s Cave at Machrie Bay, Arran

Ancient sea caves formed 6000 years ago when sea levels were higher.

Early Christian carved cross inside King’s Cave

King’s Cave, a former sea cave formed about 6000 years ago.

Finally, we returned to Brodick and our delayed ferry to Ardrossan and then back to Glasgow.

 

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