Scotland Adventure: Day Six: Part 1


At the Auchrannie Resort we were able to truly put our feet up and relax.  After a long day of driving, we enjoyed a relaxing swim and a wonderful dinner before we went off for a good night sleep. 

I woke up to a wonderful sight.  The clouds had parted and I was able to see blue sky with clouds rolling by. I knew that the weather would be unpredictable, therefore I will enjoy the sun and sky whenever I could.  Even during breakfast, the rain rolled in and left quickly leaving us the hope for some sun and picturesque views of the Isle of Arran.  We would be driving along the coast of the island as two members of our “Scottish Crew” have been to Arran before and knew the best places to take in the natural beauty this lovely isle has to offer. 

As we left the resort we headed south along the eastern coast towards the town of Lamlash.  There we stopped and walked along the sandy beach.  We knew there was a ferry to the Holy Isle just across the bay, but unfortunately we were a little early in the season for the ferry crossing.  So instead we took in the wonderful views of the isle along the coast.  

We continued to the mouth of the bay to a place called Kingscross.  We made our way across country along small roads.  We then hiked the short distance to the tip of the bay area for some spectacular views. Once at the tip I took in the views, breathed in the salty air and felt the breeze and sea spray on my face.  I could have stayed there for hours but we had to move on to our next destination.  If only I knew how our next destination would kindle feelings inside me as I stood there at the tip of the bay.  

We continued our journey until we came to a park or forest area.  The place was called Tigh Righ Beag, I am not sure what that means but inside was a trail called the King’s Cave trail.  This spectacular costal walk visits a series of caves in the sandstone cliffs.  The historic King’s Cave is of several locations where it is said that Robert the Bruce had his famous encounter with a spider.  It was about a 5 km hike that you can do in about 2 hours.  It took us a little longer because we had to stop and take cover from a few passing rain showers.  But once they were gone the skies cleared and we got to take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.  

Once at the coast near the caves, we began exploring and taking in all the natural beauty.  The caves were amazing yet for me the sound of the crashing surf seemed to call me. For me, there has always been something magical, almost spiritual about the sea.  I felt a need, a longing for the salty air to fill my lungs, to feel the spray on my face and to hear the sea crashing along the shore.  I cannot fully describe it but at that moment I felt almost one with the sea.  Here with the forests, caves and history all around me, I am drawn to this expanse of water that I have never been to before.  The only thing I can think of is something inside me feels or recognizes the smells and sounds of the sea. Something more than a simple memory, almost a state of being.  Perhaps it is a genetic memory of the sea trapped within me, longing to come out at that moment and I have Scotland to thank for the memory. 

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