Isle of Arran, Autumn 2017

The Isle of Arran ... this place has been on my bucket list for years, pretty much since the start of my landscape photography journey. Tall craggy mountains, spectacular cliffs, ancient ruins, gorgeous coastline, waterfalls, forests ... it has it all. That's largely why Arran is known as Scotland in miniature, as you can neatly divide the island into Highlands in the north and Lowlands in the south, much like Scotland itself.

After the first week of our two-week Scotland trip in and around Cove Harbour and the Scottish Borders, we zipped across the mainland to catch a ferry from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran. This is the only way to the island and the ride was super exciting, watching the mountains grow in stature and seeing the emerging shape of Arran become distinct, it's profile from the mainland known as the Sleeping Warrior.

We only had a week on the island and conditions were extremely changeable. Our first evening around the coast of Corrie was calm and soft, but the following few days saw intermittent rain, gale force winds, and, as a result, superb light. I think we had just one day that was totally rained off. In those sorts of conditions, you just put on your best clothing and hiking boots, brave the rain when it comes and capture the light when it stops. 

Particular highlights for me include the views down Glen Rosa towards the magnificent pyramidal peak of Cìr Mhòr (799m/2,621ft, pronounced "KEAR vor", meaning "the big comb"), the epic hike up North Glen Sannox whilst battling with the passing squalls, and the magical rainbow shows we experienced on Machrie Moor.

I feel these photos barely represent even a summary of the beauty of Arran; there's just so much to see and explore. But I'm happy with what I brought back from my first trip to this incredible island, and I can't wait to visit again.