The Isle of Arran a photographic guide

Brodick Castle and Goatfell from ferry, Isle of Arran Scotland 2017, Fujifilm XPro-1

The Isle of Arran a (kind of) photographic guide

Arran or the Isle of Arran (/ˈærən/; Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Arainn pronounced [elan ˈarɪɲ]).

At 432 square kilometers (167 sq mi), is this the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and the seventh largest Scottish island. 

 

This is my attempt to put together some kind of The Isle of Arran a photographic guide. Hopefully, it will help somebody to plan their visit. I’ve intended to visit a lot of locations but due to weather conditions, I have actually managed to photograph just a few …

Isle of Arran Scotland 2017
Isle of Arran Scotland 2017

North coast of the island:

During my visit, I stayed in the village of Lochranza. This place has everything. Located here is the only distillery on the island The Arran Distillery.  I definitely recommend the visit, whiskey is great. But let’s go back to photography. Main photographic interest is Lochranza Castle. This castle dates back to 13th century and during the 18th century fell into disuse and was abandoned. It’s fantastic location and can be photographed from each side.Plenty of spaces for parking close to the castle. Definitely recommended for the visit.

Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran Scotland 2017 Hasselblad 503CW
Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran Scotland 2017 Hasselblad 503CW

East coast of the island:

Corrie coast – this is very interesting coastline made of red rocks. Easy parking at the village. I have had no proper light when I visited this place. Definitely worth to stop and explore. Maybe allow more time to for exploring …

Glen Rosa – Fabulous location and definitely unforgettable place to explore. Glen Rosa is near the highest mountain Goat Fell. The trek up is fairly low-lying, gaining less than 200 meters (660 feet) in altitude. I have to say I have enjoyed it a lot. This trip is a must for sure…

Glen Rosa Isle of Arran Scotland Hasselblad 503CW f16/1/40s no filt 50mm
Glen Rosa Isle of Arran Scotland Hasselblad 503CW (f16 1/40s no filter 50mm)
 
Glenashdale falls – A nice wood walk from the village of Largymore. Great waterfall 42 m high cascade. There is a platform to view the waterfall from the top of the trail. It’s nice but not much photo potential, I think. I haven’t managed to take a proper picture myself…
 
The Giants’ Graves – If you follow the path from the waterfalls you will get to the Giants’ Graves – a prehistorical place with great views of Holy Island ( if the weather is good).
 

South coast of the Island:

Eas Moor waterfall – Start from the village of Kildonan.Great walk in woodland and nice views, but not much for photography.
Kildonan beach – this is a great spot for sunset with the view of the lighthouse. Recommended. Easy parking at the village.
Pladda Lighthouse from Kildonan beach, Isle of Arran Scotland 2017, iPhone 6 plus
Pladda Lighthouse from Kildonan beach, Isle of Arran Scotland 2017, iPhone 6 plus
Pladda Lighthouse from Kildonan beach, Isle of Arran Scotland 2017 HASSELBLAD 503CW f22/1/4s +0.6ND Lee 50mm
Pladda Lighthouse from Kildonan beach, Isle of Arran Scotland 2017 HASSELBLAD 503CW f22/1/4s +0.6ND Lee 50mm

 West Coast of the Island:

Kings Cave –  Again nice family walk, but the cave is a bit disappointing from the photographic point of view. I had no time to explore the beach but it may be worth to walk and explore I think.
Machrie Moor Standing stones –  It’s  6 of them there and we had massive rain when I visited …. Maybe good for photos but I have only below panoramic shot made in rain.This location is definitely worth to visit.

 

Machrie moor standing stones , Isle of Arran 2017
Machrie moor standing stones, Isle of Arran 2017

The Isle of Arran is often called “Miniature Scotland” and I agree with that statement fully. There is a lot of locations I have to left out and did not listed above. In my opinion, the island is an amazing place for walkers, but not so much for photographers. Meaning that there are not that many “Big” locations around the coast. On the other hand, if you like mountains and you are willing to walk, the reward can be amazing. My intention was to walk the mountains and photograph the island from the summits.That did not happen. Weather just did not play the ball with me this time…..I’m  looking at it as a reason why I have to visit Arran again. And I will for sure…

And that’s about it. I have really enjoyed the trip despite not ideal weather conditions. If you are reading this thinking should I go? My answer is “definitely” yes, but don’t forget to pack your waterproofs. 🙂

Did I miss some of your favorite places on the Isle Arran? Have you got any suggestion where to go next time?

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