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. Blue Sky Scotland August 11, 2017 / 10:40

    Three great locations there. Arran is a cracking island for places to visit.


  2. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) August 9, 2017 / 14:09

    I actually think I like the Bavarian summerhouse best of all! It looks like a good place for a witch to live and make tinctures and tisanes from the herbs in the garden…I think every castle could use a resident witch!


    • Anabel Marsh August 9, 2017 / 18:23

      Yes, it does look like a witch’s house! Unfortunately, the path around it was closed so we couldn’t get inside to check if there were any witches living there.

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  3. BeckyB August 9, 2017 / 07:24

    Wonderful . . . . .no wonder MrB & I keep thinking we might move to the glorious Scotland. Love Lochranza Castle in particular.


  4. Ann Coleman August 8, 2017 / 23:06

    Great photos! You are so lucky to live in an area where there are old castles!


  5. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor August 8, 2017 / 12:13

    There are so many places I didn’t get to visit when we lived in Scotland, but the one that really disappoints me the most is Arran. Probably because my hubby visited a few times, but I never got to go 🙂


  6. Green Global Trek August 8, 2017 / 09:57

    I love castles and your photos remind me of that! Lochranza especially. It is such a gorgeous setting.



    • Anabel Marsh August 8, 2017 / 10:52

      It is – even in dull weather it’s so atmospheric.


  7. Birgit August 8, 2017 / 03:16

    Some great photos of the gardens….love that artistic bench. It would be so great to see these old castle ruins and just walk around them…like you just did!


    • Anabel Marsh August 8, 2017 / 07:24

      Thanks, I love exploring old castles, the older the better!


  8. Jemima Pett August 7, 2017 / 21:56

    Never been to Arran – but would go just to see those castles! I’ve heard of Lochranza – but mainly because he was a racehorse in the 1960s or 70s 🙂


  9. the eternal traveller August 7, 2017 / 21:30

    Fancy having a castle ruin in your back garden! It’s a shame they don’t share it. I like the idea of blethering on a bench. What a nice way to spend some time with a friend.


    • Anabel Marsh August 7, 2017 / 21:52

      Yes, you really had to squint round the fence to see it properly.

      I thought of calling that photo Two old biddies blethering on a bench, but thought my friend might be offended! If you’re reading this, Val, I don’t mean it 😉

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