The Armin Grewe Homepage
Picture of Ailsa Craig with Arran in the background

After the fairly grey and cloudy skies the previous day the sun started to come through when I left to make my way to the Isle of Arran. From Castle Kennedy I followed the coastal road into Ayrshire. The fascinating shape of Ailsa Craig was visible from almost everywhere and soon I was able to make out my destination for today on the horizon: The Isle of Arran.

Picture of the abbey church at Crossraguel Abbey

At Turnberry I left the coastal road and continued along the A77 to Crossraguel Abbey. Founded in the 13th century as a Cluniac monastery it is one of the most complete medieval monasteries in Scotland. The big gatehouse guarding the entrance to the south court is quite impressive, as are the remains of the tower house. I spent a while here, just walking around and enjoying the peace (I think I was only visitor when I was there, although someone else arrived when I was about to leave).

Picture of the remains of the inner court at Crossraguel Abbey Picture of the gatehouse at Crossraguel Abbey
Picture of a beach with a bird flying over it Picture of seaside children entertainment at Saltcoats
Picture of the ferry arriving in Ardrossan with Arran in the background From Crossraguel Abbey I continued along the A77 north. There wasn't much of interest on the way, at least nothing where I decided to stop. Around Troon everything was busy preparing for the 133rd Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon, which was starting later that week. Seeing all the traffic measures being put in place I was glad that I wasn't going to drive past it during the event.

I arrived in Ardrossan much earlier than necessary, but as I wasn't familiar with where the ferry terminal was I didn't mind too much. This way I was able to find it and then have a quick look around. I walked along the promenade to Saltcoats and back. While the view over to Arran was fantastic my impression of Ardrossan and Saltcoats wasn't very favourable. Most of it looked quite run down and in particular in Ardrossan derelict. Bit of a shame, considering the location. Soon I was back at the harbour and it was time to board the ferry to Arran.

Picture of a panoramic view of Arran from Ardrossan
Picture of Goatfell seen from the ferry The ferry crossing from Ardrossan to Brodick on the Isle of Arran takes just under an hour. As the weather was nice and sunny I stayed out on deck for the whole crossing, enjoying the views up and down the Firth of Clyde. As we came closer to Arran I also had good views of Holy Island and in particular of my destination for the next day: Goatfell, towering over Brodick Bay.

After arriving in Brodick I turned north towards Corrie. I stopped at the Arran Brewery on the way to find out what they had on offer. Late in the afternoon I arrived in the small village of Corrie, where I checked in at the Corrie Hotel. Then it was time to enjoy a pint and read the newspaper in the beer garden overlooking the Firth of Clyde, relaxing for the next day.

Picture of Brodick from the ferry Picture of the Corrie Hotel

Previous: The Merrick <- Scotland Summer 2004 -> Next: Goatfell