Monday, 19 June 2017
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Other highlights of our week on Arran, a universally appealing island lathered with excellent hiking, beautiful beaches and luscious cafes, included a sunny hike up Goat Fell, the island's highest summit; a lovely coastal pony trek with Cairnhouse Stables in Blackwaterfoot; sumptuous massages at Auchrannie Resort's suave A Spa in Brodick; a great concert of John Denver songs performed by singer Chris Bannister; a night in the exquisite balcony suite at the beyond brilliant Douglas Hotel in Brodick; and a wild and wonderful ramble up Glen Catacol and back down Glen Easen into Lochranza, where our company extended to orchids, rare Arran Whitebeam trees and impossibly untouched views. We gorged on to-die-for sourdough bread from Blackwater Bakehouse; creatively delicious sandwiches from Lochranza's Sandwich Station - I had humus with wild garlic pesto; and Arran Gold whisky cream cake from the Isle of Arran Distillery. And we felt at one with the world while watching guillemots and gannets from the pebbly beach at King's Caves outside Machrie on the island's west coast - on another glorious day, when the sun shone, the sea shimmered ... and I couldn't have imagined anywhere I would rather have been.