Day trip to Arran

Staying in our Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Argyll has many benefits, none more than its accessibility to the Islands.  It is only a short ferry  to Arran , Ghia and Islay from Kintyre. 

Arran is called Scotland in miniature because it has every conceivable landscape, flora and fauna of the whole of Scotland.  Of course our family joke was that it was Scotland in miniature because it could rain, sleet, snow and be sunny all in the space of an hour!

I have been holidaying on Arran for over forty years.  It doesn’t change much and has a relaxed family atmosphere for all travellers.  I mostly stay in Blackwaterfoot, where the world famous 12 hole golf course, Shiskine overlooks the stunning views across to the Mull of Kintyre. 

When we lived in Edinburgh it was a trek – a two and half hour drive, and hour on the ferry from Ardrossan to Broderick – a twenty minute drive to Blackwaterfoot.  Long weekends and summer holidays for a week or two.  I loved every second – at least two rounds of golf a day which last two hours at most and the food, drink and local and visitor company is always good.

But now that we are based at Powdermills Bed and Breakfast in Furnace, near Inveraray – bliss!  I can do day trips.  A forty minute drive to Claonaig ferry – £32 return with two passengers – thirty minute crossing and a twenty minute drive from Lochranza to Blackwaterfoot.  Tee time at 10.15 – 12 holes – lunch and another 12  holes before sailing home late afternoon.  Bliss!  Of course the golf standard is hit in and miss but it was great last week.  I will be back!