Saturday, 2 November 2013

Isle of Arran 2013

Isle of Arran
October 2013

Apologies for the very long blog, but have tried to put together a flavour of the Isle of Arran, which to me and Adele is a very special place and where we have visited on 3 or 4 occasions.

Unfortunately as on our other revisits the weather was terrible, with rain most of the 3 days we were there and indeed windy (gales) enough that the Ferry was cancelled on the day of our arrival and shortly after we left the Isle, but then it is our fault we seem to only visit in late October!!!

The blog starts with various views of the North East end of the Island and gradually works through local mammal life and onto bird life.

We generally saw everything we wanted to see, indeed all but dry weather, including a number of birds not photographed which were Golden Eagles, Dippers, Kingfishers and plenty of Common Buzzards. On the final day we also saw a 1st winter Black Guillemot a fist for me, (thank heavens for the Collins Bird Guide!!)which was strangely adjacent the ferry pier, until disturbed by the docking ferry to take us off the island.

Brodick Castle, old harbour

Cal Mac Ferry (not on the days we were travelling)

Seals in the morning sun

Goat Fell and Glen Rosa from Brodick


Corrie Harbour (note the steel sheep boat capstan)


Red Deer

Red Squirrels

Sea Otters

Grey Seals

Bird Life




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