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
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
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
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
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 cliffs here.
A look back shows just how high the
Some stones on the coast, saw this when
in California, wonder if Californians have
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 slightly shorter.
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
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
Image. The McAlpine Hotel is now the
Douglas Hotel, now a 4 star hotel.
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.