Take Doctor Evil and Mini-me from Austin Powers with a wave of Mother Nature’s tartan wand, what do you get?
Scotland and the Isle of Arran!
I had long been aware of Arran’s reputation as Scotland’s mini-me long before my recent first visit, and by my second day of exploration on the island I understood exactly why. Here is my time on the Isle of Arran, in pictures.
Arran has everything…
Ivory sand and rock scattered beaches stretch alongside the scenic coastal roads
Windy woodland paths are damp, fragrant and surrounded by luminous green foliage and impressively tall trees
Steady streams of water slide over smooth rocks, descending down to peaty pools below
Holding the secrets of the past, circles of mysterious stones stand in the middle of a vast moorland
The north is strangely reminiscent of the golden and green glens of the Highlands, where clouds of mist hover over the hills
Castles stand in uninhabited ruins, protecting little inlets of land…
…while others overlook glorious floral gardens
Every seat is a seat with a view
Every view is absolutely stunning
Arran is where a row of 12 identical houses each have a unique top window, so that sailors would know whether a light message was being sent to them from home
It’s also where you’ll find a summer house with a ceiling made of pine cones
The island is home to just over 5000 people and a selection of wildlife
…including wild bloggers in silly hats!
Have you visited Arran or any of the Western Isles?
Where is your favourite place in Scotland?