After the beating that Scotland has endured since the start of 2015, this mornings blue skies and sunshine must have been welcomed with a huge smile from Arran Islanders north and south, and all points in between. To compliment this day, our icing on the proverbial cake arrived dramatically overnight, with a coating of snow on the major peaks. On the wall of the bridge at the top of the String road, the untouched flakes combine to measure some four or five inches in depth.
Wonderful Images of the Past available to buy
We are following our friends @OldPostcards on Twitter, and when they posted one of these evocative cards of Arran I thought what a lovely feature they would make on our blog. So, with their permission here are a few of the ones they have on offer and you can see more here.
Click on any image to open the lightbox and enjoy them in all their glory.
Postcards of other areas are available (and searchable) on their main site www.oldpostcardsetc.co.uk
Unique viewpoint adds drama to the location
Spot the difference!
Drive to Lochranza on the north west side of Arran, and shortly before arriving you will pass through the village of Catacol. Here you will find the photogenic properties known as the 'Twelve Apostles'. Built originally to house those people evicted from surrounding countryside during the 'clearances', when much of the interior of the island was set aside for deer.
Look closely and you will see that each of the upper first floor windows is a different shape to it's neighbours. The theory was, that these former farmers would turn their hand to fishing, The differing shapes would allow the woman of the house to signal her man by placing a candle in the window while he was out fishing in the Firth of Clyde. Sadly, but understandably, most of the dispossessed moved away to other parts of the island in protest against their eviction.
Jacqueline and Geoff moved to the beautiful Isle of Arran in 2012, and have been visiting since 1998.