Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holiday in Scotland - Day 5 - Circuit of Arran

On a beautiful day with perfect visibility we set off to compass Arran, clockwise. Coffee stoop was Machrie Bay the Lochranza. All pics on Facebook

Lochranza Castle stood in defiance. During the 1490s, James IV used the castle in his campaign against the Lord of the Isles and the Clan MacDonald. In 1614 it was occupied by James VI and in the 1650s it was used by Cromwell.

By 1705, Lochranza Castle was the property of the Hamilton family, after it was purchased by the Duchess of Hamilton

Lunch was at the Arran Distiller opened by HM in 1997 so its oldest malt for sale is a 17 year old. With our lunch Geoffrey and I enjoyed a sampler tray of four different cask finishes. Tasted fine but the tasting notes are pretentious rubbish.

Later in Sannox Cemetery we saw 3 war graves including a RAF flight lieutenant who it seems was the son of the local minister. On the stone is, 'Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen.'

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