We were almost defeated by the torrential rain today, almost but not quite! Having taken a whisky distillery tour at Lochranza Distillery during the worst of the weather, we decided to go for it between showers. And we were lucky……we stayed dry. As we were in Lochranza anyway we took a walk along the coast and then up over the hills, looking for the elusive ‘Fairy Dell’ before descending again into Lochranza. About 4 miles I think – although the pedometer has packed up so its just guesswork (I judge distances by the pain in my feet and knees these days!!).
Today we visited Lochranza (Loch = lake; ranza = norse for Rowan Tree) where there is not only amazing scenery, but a whisky distillery which has a particularly lovely restaurant. We had delicious Split Pea and Courgette Soup followed by their famous Warm Brownie and Arran Gold Ice Cream…….scrumptious! Though not particularly conducive to being followed by rambling! However, we managed a couple of miles along Catacol Burn towards Gleann Diomhan before the rain came down and the lateness of the hour sent us back again the way we came (I’m not mentioning the fact that someone forgot the map and walk book….). We were very lucky and tracked down the source of the bellowing which followed us along the way to the local stag population.
Mr RR and I are having a wee break on the beautiful Isle of Arran. Today we walked 8 miles around Lamlash and the Clauchland Hills before a trip to see the Glenashdale Falls at Whiting Bay. Here are some highlights: