For much of our week’s holiday on the Isle of Arran the cloud was low and distant views were hazy – atmospheric but not so easy for photography.  On Thursday we took the bus to Blackwaterfoot and walked along the coast path…


round the dramatic Drumadoon Point


and along a path to the King’s Cave. Ancient carvings on the sandstone walls show that this cave has long been a place of shelter. In local legend it was the refuge of Robert the Bruce,


From the cave we followed a forestry trail which climbed through mixed woodland and turned inland. A short walk along a quiet road took us to another footpath, signposted to Machrie Moor Standing Stones.


Although only a mile from the road, the moorland setting of the stone circles feels wild and remote.  Today it’s a quiet place but remains of hut circles, field systems, burial cairns and eleven stone circles suggest that three thousand years ago a sizeable community lived, farmed and worshipped here.


The cloud lifted as we walked back to the road to catch the bus to Brodick.  By the time the bus approached Catacol, there was blue sky over the Kilbrannan Sound that separates Arrran from the Kintyre peninsula.


The sun was shining when we reached Lochranza.  We’d enjoyed a walk from the pier here early in the week so this time we stayed on the bus…


Blue sky over Lochranza castle seen from the 324 bus

and admired a reflected view of the castle as we passed.


From Lochranza the road cuts inland over the hills to Sannox

From Lochranza the road turns inland over the hills to Sannox and the cloud closed in again.


Bus shelter at Corrie

By the time we passed the bus stop at Corrie the light was fading but if you look carefully you can see the chair left in the shelter to supplement the uncomfortable perches – an improvement we noticed at several stops along the route.  The resourcefulness of island life!

This post is my response to Amy’s theme for the Lens-Artists Challenge #172, A Day of My Week.   And as the eyes of the world are currently on Glasgow for the COP26 negotiations, I’m celebrating the possibilities of travelling without a car.