Where: Kings Cave, Isle of Arran
When: March 2005
Who: Luann Nichols from Tulsa USA
Why: Was advised by friends
Weather: Sunny spells
Distance: walk about 4 - 5 miles
I was visiting Paris, Dublin and Ayr to
see friends. The second last day I was
advised to visit the Isle of Arran. I know
someone from back home that used to live on
Arran so was looking forward to visit the
Never booked the ferry so had to wait in
line at Ardrossan to see if there was room
for the car. Plenty of room and with it
taking about an hour to cross, decided to
have breakfast on the boat.
Breakfast finished, time for a few photos
arriving in Brodick.
The ferry Caledonian Isles getting ready
to return to Ardrossan on the mainland.
The sun came out when in Brodick so best
get a pic of the highest mountain Goat Fell,
try and get the castle in as well.
At this point I was only meaning to have a
leisurely drive round the island.
A few miles north of Brodick I visited a
brewery where my guide bought some Arran
beer, then just across the road I bought some
scented candles from the candle makers and a
hand made Arran tee-pot. We then traveled
further north to Brodick Castle. The grounds
were open but the castle itself was closed,
too early in the year I presume. Was amazed
to see large Redwood trees in the castle
grounds, I had to travel to California to see
them in the US.
Was about mid day so decided to stop at
the Corrie Golf Course for lunch in the Tee
Room. The golf course was only a couple of
miles north of the castle. Had a quick walk
through the golf course to get a closer view
of the Arran mountains. There was an honesty
box at the start of the course where visitors
put their money in before playing,
The drive from Corrie took us to Lochranza
on the northern tip of the island. Had a
quick explore of the castle and found some
nice looking pebbles, which I collect.
Driving down the west side of the island
heavy clouds began rolling in from the west
over the Mull of Kintyre. It was about one
and a half miles north of Blackwaterfoot, we
saw a car park with signs for a trail to the
Kings Cave. The cave King Robert the Bruce
had to hide in for a while during the
Scottish War of Independence in the 1300s,
the cave with the spider.
The weather soon cleared so pulled into
the car park at the Shiskine Golf Club at
Blackwaterfoot. The lady at the starters
office stated it was a two mile walk to the
Kings Cave from here, so off we set along the
golf course towards a large hill in the
View back across the course to the car
It was either round the hill to the east
following the Kings Cave Trail signs, or
round the beach which was full of large
We decided to climb to the top of the hill
for the views. The top of the hill gives a
view of the caves in the distance. Mind the
A look back shows just how high the cliffs
Some stones on the coast, saw this when in
California, wonder if Californians have been
Got to the Kings Cave only to find it has
been fenced off. Was delighted to find it was
not locked. There are a number of caves in
this area to explore.
Many carvings on the walls but could not
find any stating: Robert the Bruce was
Was getting late in the day so decided to
return through the boulder field. Not sure
how far it is from the car park north of
Blackwaterfoot to the Kings Cave, think it is
We then traveled back to Brodick to see if
we could get a hotel for the night. The road
from Blackwaterfoot to Brodick goes over the
mountains with incredible views.
Managed to get booked into the McAlpine
hotel at the ferry terminal, fairly basic
hotel but was ideal and inexpensive. The
following morning was fantastic weather so
had to get a photo from the hotel garden
before the ferry departs. A week earlier I
was in Paris with 3 inches of snow and it
rarely got above freezing throughout the day.
A view from the ferry back to Goat Fell.
One more day then it is back home so just
enough time to visit Largs and the Viking
Centre. The following morning it is a drive
from Ayr to Glasgow, fly to London then
Dallas then a short flight to Tulsa.