Biking and Bagging -- A biking and hiking tour through Scotland

From Aug 24 - Sept 21, 2007 Mike and I joined Alan and Jan on a biking and hiking adventure in Scotland. We rode though some of the Western Isles and Highlands.

Our route

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Arran is Excellent!

Here we are on the island of Arran. We got here on Tuesday and the weather was perfect -- sunny, a breeze (to keep these horrible beasties called midgies off), but not at all hot. We rode up the island to our B&B -- Castlekirk. This B&B is an ancient church. Also, it looks out over a 13th century castle (and the food is great).

Yesterday we hiked up Goatfell (874 metres) in the most stunning weather. I wish I had an internet connection that would let me show pictures. For now you will just have to picture it -- pink and purple heather, alpine flowers, huge hunks of granite, and a view all the way to Ireland on the west and Ben Lomond on the east.

At the top the weather set in and although we had a great ridge walk, the cold and damp of a misty cloud set in. We went down a different route and ended the day in a Scottish pub. What a great day!

Check out: our route on Arran
Our pictures from Arran


Armin said...

I know the view from up on Goatfell, having been there a few weeks ago. Did you notice that you can also see your next destination after Arran from there, Islay?

Mary Sanseverino said...

Yes -- I was surprised how much we could see. What a fine hike it was. I want to go back and do more.