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Sheep on Arran

Today, we benefited from mild, dry weather with low wind, a far cry from the recent sub-hurricane.

We departed Glasgow, drove south to Ardrossan on the coast and caught an afternoon ferry to Brodick on Isle of Arran.

Windfarm at Ardrossan

Clouds over Ailsa Craig from Ardrossan

No fishing at Ardrossan

Ardrossan Marina

Arran ferry arriving Ardrossan

Goatfell, Isle of Arran

Arriving Brodick, Isle of Arran

On arrival at Brodick we embarked on a 35 minute drive to our lodgings at Kilmory on southern tip of Arran. Mosxt of the route was via a hilly, single-track road which afforded interesting scenic views of the island and seascapes.

Coastal view with Pladda from Kildonan, Arran

Holy Isle from Lamlash, Arran

Sheep on mountain road.

Tomorrow, we plan to indulge in hiking local trails.

Million Dollar View, Dornoch Firth.

This evening, I am posting information on the ‘Million Dollar View’.

Image above was taken from the lower reaches of Struie Hill, Ross-shire, Scotland on the A836 looking north. Villages on the edge of the Firth (north) include Kincardine, Ardgay and Bonar Bridge. To the east (right of the picture) the Firth connects with the North Sea.

‘Firth’ is a Scottish word for bay or estuary, in this case where the River Oykel joins the sea.

Location is about 36 miles north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther.

This evening, I am posting information on the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Fife.

Anstruther is about fifty miles N.E. of Edinburgh.

This museum is an excellent and well presented facility which allows visitors to connect with the fishing industry which has a long tradition in Scotland although now only a shadow of its former self.

Inside are ten galleries presenting exhibits and information under five themes covering the catching of fish, boat design, technology, industry development and fisherfolk.

This museum is, arguably, underrated and under promoted. The exterior is deceptive in that the scale of the facility is not apparent to a casual visitor, of which there are many in Anstruther.

To do justice to the museum exhibition takes about one hour. There is a cafe on site.

There is usually moored outside in the harbour a sailing vessel named Reaper, a restored Fifie Sailing Herring Drifter dating from 1902. Reaper is now part of the Core Collection of the National Historic Ships Fleet and one of the few boats in the collection which are kept in seagoing condition.

Reaper moored at Anstruther

Inside Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Fife

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

Inside Scottish Fisheries Museum.