spent the night in Ardrossan harbour carpark where you can stay for £2 to
catch the 7.00am ferry to Arran. The helpful carpark man was on his way to
even give us an early morning call just as we were leaving. We have planned
to leave the island in the north to go over to Kintyre and take the road
up to Temple Wood circle so we got a combined ticket. Cars/campervans are
£40 and passengers £7.80 return, it is worth reserving your crossing as
we didnít and only just got on. Reservations and timetables can be got
from their website at www.calmac.co.uk
Our first view of the mountains at 8.15am
you come off the ferry at Brodick turn left and after 1.5 miles look for
the second forestry parking space on the right. The first one gives you
good views of the mountains with the tallest, Goatfell at 874 metres.
About 300 metres further on is the second parking area. You will probably
see the stones of Lamlash on the left before you turn. Cross the road and
take the footpath and the circle is on the left. You approach from the
large outlier that is about 4ft (1.2m) conglomerate with large quartz
grains. The small circle is damaged and four large granite boulders remain
with a few smaller stones in the heather. It is about 20ft (6m) across.
Dunan Mor cairn
If you continue on the path you will come to a junction signed to a cairn and standing stone. If you have time and want a forest walk this is quite pleasant. Follow the path for about a mile and you come to the overgrown Dunan Mor cairn, then after about ľ mile downhill through the trees you will come to a clearing at NS 027 330 where there is an overgrown tomb and a 6ft (1.8m) standing stone. When we were there the clearing was full of foxgloves.