Mr B and I spent a few days on the Isle of Arran over this weekend. It was Mr B’s childhood home until he was about 12 and we stayed in a cottage in the same village as his primary school.
The Island is home to about 4500-5000 people – most of these are in the small towns of Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay, though there are other smaller villages and many many remote farms scattered all over the island. I think I may have been converted to living on an Island in future, which is quite surprising for someone who loved living in London for 8 years!
Once we arrived by ferry at Brodick, and drove across to Shiskine on Friday, we quickly unpacked so that we could make the best of the weather that we heard would deteriorate before the end of the weekend and headed a mile down the road to Blackwaterfoot. Blackwaterfoot consists of a hotel (thankfully with a pool which I made use of), butcher, baker, newsagents, and a golf course which runs alongside the beach. There’s not even a cash machine – which is why these are so welcome across all the villages that aren’t the main village:
Yes, it’s a bank, in a van. Genius!
Here are some photos from our walk along Blackwaterfoot Beach and Golf Course (for all golf enthusiasts – one of the golf courses’ tee-off points is at the top of the massive cliff overlooking the beach which is called Drumadoon Point – I’m not a golf enthusiast and I found this pretty cool) :