Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Isle of Arran 3 days 2 night GG-ied Part 1

Isle of Arran is an island which is accessible via ferry service operated by Caledonian at 2 points, one at Brodick and another one at Lochranza.

It is a kidney-shaped like island and you can get around each town by local bus. A daily rambler ticket that allows one to hop on and hop off for just 4.40 pounds. However, do bear in mind that bus runs more infrequent from autumn onwards. We have managed to cover 3/4 of the island, i.e. Brodick --> Whiting Bay --> Kildonan --> Blackwater foot --> Balmichael --> Lochranza

Upon entering the track leading to Glenashdale Falls, we saw some highland cattles feeding themselves with nothing but grass. I think they are female, that is why they have got no horns.

Although it shows only 1/2 mile (0.8km) to Glenashdale, it actually took us quite sometime to get there.

We went through all kinds of paths in the jungle - there were small stream to cross, there were lots of tree with the signboard hiding somewhere unobvious, there were alot of hills that we need to climb before finding the right way out of the jungle.

Luckily the owner of the place we stayed offered us a map a day before, if not we sure could not make it to the Glenashdale Falls.

Half way through the jungle treckking, we found a wooden bridge and we could see the waterfall from far. At least we were assured that we were on the right track.

The weather was nice that morning, it was slightly chilly. we even took off our jackets, scaft and gloves for some pictures.

We continued moving until we reached Iron Age Fort. There was nothing much to see but a few stones.

After another 10 mins walk, we finally arrived at a platform where we could admire the grand Glenashdale Falls.

After that, we continued to move on with the extended route to reach Giant's Graves. We climbed several hundreds steps before reaching the hilltop to the Giant's Graves.

We made it! Next post I will blog about interesting animals spotted in Isle of Arran!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The images are beautiful! Must have been so life-affirming and breath-taking to be on these trails. The last picture really sums it up too.