Lochranza Castle occupies the northern headland of the Isle of Arran, a perfect spot to sit awhile and soak in the stunning mountain views and vast seascape.
Dating to the early 13th century, the castle’s now-ruinous state is a fitting reminder of its colourful past. Drama continues to imbue the site. Red deer come down from the mountains to feed on the lush grass around the castle. From here, too, you may spot the resident grey seals basking on the rocky shore.
For more wild encounters, take the path north of the village, curling around Newton Point to Fairy Dell, where there are views of the Firth of Clyde to the north-east of Arran. Here, be on the lookout for bottlenose dolphins.
Some 900 species of flowering plant grow on Arran, and many of these are found on the coast. Thrift, navelwort and sea campion cling to the ledges and cracks. Spring is a wonderful time to see the abundance of Arran’s wildlife.