Arran and the weather.
Trip Start Sep 11, 2011
43Trip End Nov 09, 2011
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Back to last night. Dined in the restaurant in the Hotel and the food and service were magnificent. Jill thought the Restaurant manager had an Aussie accent and upon enquiry, he conceded that he had spent 30 years in Aus...born in Scotland..and recently returned to Arran where he had lived in the past and his mum and da still lived. Nice bloke....camp as a row of tents but those guys are great at what they do and he did it well. The service was great. Ewan.....was on duty this morning at breakfast as well and finishes up tonight for a couple of weeks hols in Budapest. He has been in Aus for most of his life and worked in Stamford Bris and other good hotels before returning to Arran. Lived in Bris for many years in both Paddo and Spring Hill.
The weather was very challenging this morning after raining all night
The roads around the island are very ordinary and the water on the roads was extreme but if one drives slowly and just sucks in the scenery its a nice drive. We will no doubt be heading out tomorrow on a similar excursion but with a tour of the brewery close to the top of the itinerary and possibly the historical museum etc. The scenery around the island is to die for. Hard to describe and more difficult to capture on camera today owing to the weather but will persevere and hopefully come up with some nice pics before the stay is over. Arrived back in Brodick to the faintest of blue skys shining through and the clouds clearing off the top of the mountains; albeit for short periods of time to reveal that it had snowed up there overnight and this morning so it was a great sight. The top of Goats Fel had plenty of white on it as did a couple of other peaks but it soon disappeared into the more of white cloud and pouring rain.
I should point out at this juncture that there are 7 golf courses on this island....and we may not get the opportunity to play any of them
Dined in the restaurant at the hotel again tonight and the meal was brilliant. Jill had the "deer"and I had "pheasant"........considerably more palitable than the cottage pie I had for lunch yest at a department store in Ardrossan while waiting for the ferry. Washed it down with a cheeky little French Pinot Noir....
Talk to you after brekky tomorrow.