Sunny day in Arran. Y’ cannae beat that! (Scottish slang for you can’t beat that).

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Arran got the vibes!

We parked the car at Ardrossan ferry terminal and got our tickets. The trip to Arran back and forth costs £7.50 per person (You can take your bike too, it’s free of charge).

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Ardrossan ferry terminal
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Cheeky smile
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Set your soul free!
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I wasn’t looking this cool when I was 16!
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We have sunglasses, but I guess we just like to squint and look lame.
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Breakfast: Fried egg in a roll

Day 1: We walked from the ferry terminal to Glen Rosa through The Fishermen walk. We camped in a semi-wild campsite that provides almost nothing except toilets. However, the views and nature are overwhelming and worth the experience. We pitched the tent in the morning, a.k.a got rid of the weight, and started hiking.

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Walking to Glen Rosa campsite. Goatfell is peeking in the background
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£4 per person to camp in Glen Rosa
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“There are some rocks from which rivers gush out, and others that splinter and water comes out from them, and others that sink in awe of God” (2:Quran)
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Zen!
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Admiring the sheer enormity of the mountains
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Beautiful hike through this valley
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I have nothing but love for this man
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Lunch: Hummus and salad sandwiches
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Get out in the nature and revive that thirsty soul, friends!
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Loads of peaks to summit in Arran
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That’s a sheer drop right there! Fun fact about Yo homegirl: Heights aren’t my thing. I crawl to the edge to have a quick look and crawl back. I know my limits.
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To the bravest pup in the world, Rosie. Cheers!

Our initial plan was to climb mount Goatfell, we took the wrong turn and ended up summiting A’Chir and had one kind of a descent! Reputable mountaineering websites said: A’Chir has been described as possibly the finest island ridge traverse outside Skye! If you love scrambling and have a head for heights, this is the walk for you! The A’Chir ridge is a superb mountain, easily providing the most exciting and challenging ridge traverse on Arran short of actual rock climbing routes. However, it is not to be underestimated: This walk will expose you to vertical drops, down-climbing, rope work and maybe some abseiling.”
Yes you just read that. We surely didn’t know any of this before we climbed it. We had no ropes nor helmets. We crawled a few times and carried our terrified dog many times! We pushed to the limits and did it with bruises and scratches. However, I don’t recommend climbing it if you aren’t ready and ain’t got the skills.

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Wanna visit Arran? Track the weather and make sure it’s a blue sky day!
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Pals
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“Hajar, wanna climb that mountain?”. You, my friend are fearless!
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Story time: Ken did the route choice that led us to the scrambling fiasco. After “surviving”, I cried lol, and bashed him for not following my route choice. He felt guilty and picked those pink wild flowers for me and apologized.
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Glory to The Creator of this beautiful universe
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He decided to take his boots off and enjoy his coffee. Don’t ask me why!
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“You don’t conquer these mountains, you just crawl up like a child crawling to your mother’s lap”– Tenzing Norgay, The first man to summit Everest
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A well-deserved rest after climbing A’Chir
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Dinner: Vegan sausage and salad in a tasty baguette
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Zonked out

Day 2: After an eventful day, we kept our feet on the ground and enjoyed some hillwalking, had some good old ice cream and soaked in the fine nature.

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Secret to high energy levels? Snack up!
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Northern mountains
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The bright nature
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I laughed so hard. He wasn’t happy lol
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Delicate beauty
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Big mushrooms
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Notice the black mane at the back and the blond mane at the front! Stylish horse
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We successfully puffed the dog out…
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and the young man too!

Things you can do in the Isle of Arran:

  • Cycle around the island- 90Km
  • Loads of hiking/ walking paths
  • Climb mountains (Goatfell is the highest in the island)
  • Chill by the beach (Swim?)
  • Canoeing? kayaking
  • Pony trekking
  • Visit castle- Brodick castle and gardens

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