A selection of images from the Isle of Arran.

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Arran is said to be a microcosm of Scotland as a whole, with mountains in the north, uplands in the south, and even some standing stones (at Machrie Moor). The one thing it lacks is the lochs and lochans that are such a feature of some of the more scenic locations in the Scottish mainland. On the other hand, some of the coastal rock formations are quite extraordinary.

Pirates Cove

Pirates Cove Coastline Pirates Cove Coastline
Rock Pool at Pirates Cove
Rock Pool at Pirates Cove
Rock Pools and Seaweed
Rock Pools and Seaweed
At Pirates Cove, on the East coast, the deep red rocks have been metamorphosed by intense volcanic head and pressure, and more recently gouged out by glacial action and the resulting formations are quite remarkable. Adding to the colour mix is the green seaweed, which has turned white in places as it dries out. Early morning sunlight enhances the red colouration.

Rock Formations
 
Pirates Cove Rock Pattern
Pirates Cove: Rock pattern 1
Pirates Cove: Rock pattern 2
Pirates Cove: Rock pattern 2
Imachar Point Rock Pattern 1
Imachar Point: Rock Pattern 1
Imachar Point: Rock Pattern 2
Imachar Point: Rock Pattern 2
Above are a selection of the many details of rock formations that can be seen. Imachar Point is on the west side of the island, and therefore benefits from evening light.

Mountains, Waterfalls, Ancient Stones, Evening Light


Glen Sannox
Glen Sannox
Glenashdale Upper Falls
Glenashdale Upper Falls
Stones on Machrie Moor
Stones on Machrie Moor
Afterglow at Drumadoon
Afterglow at Drumadoon
Glen Sannox is the only view included here of the mountainous area in the north of the island - it was an infra-red digital exposure.

Glenashdale Falls, a decent walk from the resort of Whiting Bay in the south, is quite a spectacle. Here we were fortunate in that the amount of water was somewhat reduced from the normal flow, allowing all the different cascades to be seen. The lower falls are almost as high, but there are no good vantage points for photography.

There are several mysterious standing stones on Machrie Moor, but this shot shows what appear to be two millstones, one broken. They make a nice lead in to the mountains in the distance.

The twilight shot at Drumadoon was taken well after sundown, with an exposure time of about thirty seconds.