Arran – the castles

Brodick Castle

With a couple of friends we rented an apartment in Arran over the May Day Bank Holiday. It was a long time since we’d been and it was their first visit – it was definitely a success, but, as with our earlier weekend in Galloway, the weather was a bit iffy. Still, we got out and about and there was plenty to see.

It was a disappointment to find that Brodick Castle is closed this year, presumably for maintenance. However, the gardens were open and we spent a whole morning wandering about.

Later that day, we went to Lochranza Castle, a 13th century ruin which can be visited free of charge. What a beautiful setting!

The following day, we had lunch at the Kildonan Hotel and took a short walk afterwards to see Kildonan Castle. This is also 13th century, though there’s much less of it left and it’s not accessible – it’s actually in someone’s garden! The modern standing stones at the hotel were interesting too.

Next time: the walks.

62 thoughts on “Arran – the castles

  1. Ronnie August 7, 2017 / 20:29

    It is nice to see a wee bit of Arran. I had some great times visiting the island in my younger days.


    • Anabel Marsh August 7, 2017 / 20:48

      It’s a great wee island, we don’t go often enough. Glad to have prompted some memories!

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  2. Donna August 7, 2017 / 20:04

    Great photos, Anabel (and John). The settings are stunning! I look forward to reading about the walks!


  3. restlessjo August 7, 2017 / 16:31

    Many years ago we spent a week on Arran, with mixed weather, I seem to remember, Anabel, but a beautiful island. We managed the gardens but not the house at Brodick too. 🙂 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh August 7, 2017 / 16:54

      Mixed weather is almost a given! It is a beautiful island, Scotland in miniature as it’s often described.

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  4. hilarymb August 7, 2017 / 14:42

    Hi Anabel – sounds like a lovely weekend … despite the weather. I wonder what those sculptures are – I’d love to know more about them. The gardens look amazing – and the scenery in Arran must be so beautiful, if brooding at times … cheers Hilary


    • Anabel Marsh August 7, 2017 / 14:51

      No further info on the sculptures, I’m afraid. Arran is beautiful – in all weathers but, as with everywhere else, I prefer a little sun!


  5. Pit August 7, 2017 / 14:23

    English castles, Scottish castles, Welsh castles: I love them all! Thanks for taking me around, Anabel, and have a great week,


  6. edgar62 August 7, 2017 / 12:44

    Goodness, it’s been so long since I was in Arran. I doubt if I would recognise anything after all this time. Our minister came from Arran – the Revd. James Currie of Drumadoon. The photographs were excellent and the gardens looked lovely.


    • Anabel Marsh August 7, 2017 / 13:08

      Thank you – actually, most things have not changed that much!


  7. maristravels August 7, 2017 / 11:57

    The grey granite echoes the grey skies beautifully, but I must admit I was relieved to get to the two bottom pictures and see some blue! I’m a pampered southerner, of course, more used to blue than grey. Love the castles – and the greyness – so pleased to learn about them.


    • Anabel Marsh August 7, 2017 / 13:06

      The photos were taken over two days – one dull, one bright. (Oops, answered two comments at once to start with, now corrected. Doh!)


  8. karen207 August 7, 2017 / 11:52

    Hi Anabel,
    Nice images of the castles and gardens. What prompted the stone sculptures at the Kildonan Hotel? They look as if they’re in a very particular layout. Was there a reason for that?


    • Anabel Marsh August 7, 2017 / 13:12

      I actually don’t know! There was nothing to explain it and we looked at them after we’d left the hotel, so if there was anything inside we missed it.


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