This morning the cloud lifted to hang just above the 450m summit of Holy Isle, the small rocky island in Lamlash Bay. Low cloud, mist and poor visibility were forecast but not much rain, so we set off hopefully up the path to Goat Fell, the highest point on the Isle of Arran.
The winding path gradually gives way to rock steps and a scramble over rough boulders, but the route is easy to follow and the granite rock gives a good grip, even when wet. The second photo below is a backward glance before we climbed into the mist, looking down to Brodick Bay with Holy Island (in Lamlash Bay) appearing just over the headland.
(Click on any of the small photos for a larger view)
A brisk wind was chasing clouds across the hillside and from time to time a bright landscape appeared briefly below us, before mist drew a curtain across the view again.
We ate our lunch on the summit (at about 800m), sheltering from the wind behind a rock and waiting in vain for the cloud to lift. As we set off back down the hill a few flashes of sunlight and breaks in the cloud gave tantalising glimpses of boulder strewn hillsides and distant, jagged ridges. Perhaps another time…..