Arran and the weather.

Trip Start Sep 11, 2011
Trip End Nov 09, 2011

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Douglas Hotel

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The weather forecast was accurate.

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 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.  We drove to Brodick Castle but then decided to do the tour another day so kept driving and finished up circum-navigating the whole island; a distance of some 60 + kilometres. Did a tour of the Arran Distillary which was excellent and informative, as was the product.  For those of you with a bit of class in terms of what you drink and how you imbibe......drop round and I'll share a wee dram with you sometime.

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. We will however be certain to at least drop into one or two and have a pint ...even if it is the coming of the second period of rain for 40 days and 40 nights. The temperature is fine...a mere 5 -6 degrees. Had a few cans of beer that I had picked up in Ardrossan and as there is no fridge in the hotel room, thought I'd better get it chilled. I donned the coat and cap and went out before dinner tonight and put a can on the windscreen wiper of my car in the car park...I'm sure it will be temprite by morning.

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.
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cal on

Hi Doc and Jill. Hope your beer is just right when you retrieve it, or more is the point that it is still there. The photos are amazing, and I am sure there are lots more even better hiding behind the cloud. Bris was one of those days yesterday, today better, just don't have the scenery. Jill I am sure the lovely coat is doing good service!!

dmandpeter on

The L.E.D. on my fridge tells me it is at 5 degrees so your beer should have been chilled perfectly doc at 5-6 degrees outside. The creeks remind me of the one that runs down the side of my place in the wet season. Looks fantastic. Hope you get a game of golf in. Remember the old days when you used to say that "it never rains on a golf course". You might have to check if that is true still........ Raining in Cairns for the first time in months. Most welcome but no doubt it won't be long before we're saying we want it to stop.

docandjill on

The beer was super cold this morning but couldn't retrive it from the boot of the car till this arvo...started early...5.15 happy hour, and it had lost a bit of its chill. See what happens to the last can tonight. Great weather for room temperature reds though. Rain, wind , gales, snow on the mountains..bits of sunshine...great day.

docandjill on

The water courses are fantastic and could drink the water straight out of the hills; filtered through peat (and mixed with barley if it takes your fancy). Not good golf weather and I fear that age may be catching up.....don't want to play in it. Alighted from the car at Shiskine Golf Course today and just about got blown off my feet.....nah.! had a cup of coffee instead.

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