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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Lochranza in August

August is Arran’s busiest time of year and this year it has come with many days of warm sunshine. Evenings have found the red deer cooling off in the loch. Inspired by their example, on hot afternoons we have plunged into cold pools up in the glens, whilst back on the campsite, campers and red deer can be seen snoozing alongside each other.

Every summer, the local PGL geology field centre organise ceilidhs in Lochranza Village Hall. If you’ve never been to a ceilidh, this is an initiation not to miss. A ceilidh is a traditional get-together with songs and dances, and the Arranach Ceilidh Band who provide the music for Lochranza ceilidhs, are a positive treat to the ears. Chris Traill is the caller, guiding you through the old Arran, Scottish and Irish dances. Ceilidhs vary on a scale from exuberant to wildly riotous; the dancers from toddlers to the very old. You’ll find that moving so fast means the summer midges certainly won’t catch up with you!


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  2. Arran and Lochranza are places I have visited 3 times now, the last one doing the Arran Coastal Way in 2009. We passed through Lochranza to overnight at the Catacol Bay Hotel.

    We found that there was too much road walking on the Way but enjoyed our excursions into the mountains on the Goat Fell and Cir Mhor ranges.

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    I also had a look at your Scottish Tour blog which brought back memories of many trips to the Highlands, Islands, Orkney and Shetland. there is no better place than Scotland when the sun is shining.



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