Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Tour de Arran

We headed to the Isle of Arran for a long weekend during this current heat wave. We met Janet and Rob and based ourselves on the South of the Island at the brilliant Seal Shore Campsite. Interestingly we saw more otters than seals from the campsite watching them from the beach each morning and evening.

Ferry to Arran

Holy Isle

Just arrived

Prayer flags
On Saturday we took the small ferry over to the Holy Isle which I've always wanted to visit. There is a centre for World peace at the North of the Island. The project is directed and run by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master in the Karma Kagyu tradition. The Island is open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists.

All to much for Janet

There are two hills on the Island and we went for a lovely walk over them returning to the peace centre for complementary tea/coffee after this. It did feel a very peaceful place and it was interesting to meet some of the folk who live and volunteer here. I liked the 'tick' advice in the cafe.... 'once removed please release the tick back into the garden'!

In the peace garden!
On Sunday I felt washed out (man flu), but was very brave and we went for a bike tour around the South half of the Island. This was brilliant (sorry no pictures of this). It was a 35 mile ride around the South, cutting across a 'high' pass in the middle. It was quite a tough ride being under the weather, hilly and very hot, but the riding by the sea was fantastic. It made me want bike tour more!

Plada Island from camp

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