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Dave Knight30 May 2018 2:51 a.m. PST

We are going to have a week's holiday in Arran later in the year – myself, wife and dog.

There does not seem to be much to interest the wargamer but if there is anything it would be a shame to miss it. There looks to be loads of countryside and beach walking and we will probably just chill most of the time, g but if anyone has any recommendations please let me know

advocate30 May 2018 3:57 a.m. PST

There's a lot of archaeology about, notably the Machrie Moor stone circles, and a great hillfort close to them which has a basalt cliff one one side.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 4:02 a.m. PST

A second vote for the Bronze Age hill fort – amazing to see how it was built, notably that brutal (and unfenced) cliff

A walking tour of the islands is a lot of fun

colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 4:25 a.m. PST

From memory, the Heritage Museum in Brodick had a small exhibit on the "Lily" floating airfield that was tested off Lamlash during WWII.

Also worth remembering that Lamlash is where the Norse/Viking fleet gathered before the battle of Largs in 1263. There's no visible sign now, but if you can then I suggest you climb to a good viewpoint and try to imagine the bay full of longships…


JimDuncanUK30 May 2018 5:01 a.m. PST

Golly Dave, don't you ever switch off?

Red358430 May 2018 5:17 a.m. PST

As above, from a few camping trips it's mainly archaeology sites like Machrie Moor on Arran. Beautiful island…just watch out for the midges!!!

colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 5:26 a.m. PST

I forgot – there's Lochranza castle as well, if your tastes are somewhat medieval. Not a huge building, but an old one with substantial walls still remaining.


Dave Knight30 May 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

Thanks for the suggestions. I do switch off Jim – just never totally! If there was a thriving wargames club on Arran this would probably be my one and only chance to have a game on the island

Cornelius Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 12:20 p.m. PST

Forget military, there are four Corbetts and some excellent bird-watching and beer.

bruntonboy01 Jun 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

Aye, Goat Fell is ace and remember it's Scotland in miniature apparently.

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