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Return to the Isle of Arran

Posted on: August 31, 2022

So many times I visit a place, fall in love, and vow to return one day (which seldom happens). Imagine how happy I was when an invitation to return to the amazing Isle of Arran in Scotland was extended to me. I have just returned from this magical place where I spent six days with four inspiring writers. Here are just a few pictures of the gorgeous scenery and special sites I visited.

On the way to Fairy Glen
Heather everywhere
It was a bit of a hike up to Giants’ Graves, but I made it!
Giants’ Graves, the remains of two Neolithic chambered tombs 
View from the top
Farmhouse near Fairy Glen
One of many scenic bays
Viking burial site
Lighthouse in the distance
So many peaceful places to sit and be inspired
A friendly Highland “coo”

I also visited a castle and a museum but will save those pictures for another post. The Isle of Arran has become my happy place and I am so fortunate to have been able to return. I wrote about my visit last year here.

In case you are wondering, we did get a lot of writing done, with many lively discussions about writing and publishing. I also collected great ideas for my work in progress.

More to come.

91 Responses to "Return to the Isle of Arran"

It’s breathtaking, Darlene. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous views. Hugs on the wing.

It was indeed breathtaking. The pictures bring back great memories.

It all looks lovely, Darlene. I’m looking forward to hearing more about it…xx

It was amazing, Joy! I can’t wait to share my stories with you.

Yep! Hope to see you soon.x

What a great week!

It was amazing. Thanks for making it so! xo

Wow, Darlene, it truly is a magical place. Beautiful and mysterious countryside. No wonder it inspired so many myths!

I know. When I return I can’t believe I was actually there. I could imagine fairies in the Fairy Glen.

What a fun trip–and quite a climb up that hill!

I know. I’m not much of a climber so it was quite a feat for me.

Wow! What gorgeous scenery! I particularly like the green and purple color palette.

The colours were amazing. They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but in this case, it really is!!

Scotland is a magical place. So happy you were able to return.

It really is and this island is amazing. But then there is always something special about islands.

Thank you for sharing your photos. I love the little fireweed flowers you included!

I was really taken with the fireweed. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Thank you for sharing your visit, Darlene. It must have been inspiring to be among your fellow writers.

It really was, John. Writing can be a bit lonely at times. This was just what I needed.

Awesome! Sounds and looks like you had a nice, relaxing, and inspirational time.

Thanks, Goldie. It was all of that and more!

Spectacular photos, Darlene. Did you meet up with Amanda at the stones?

Thanks, Rebecca. You can be sure that Amanda was lurking around.

What an amazing place, Darlene. Will this island be the setting for a new book, or should we wait to be surprised? 🙂

Thanks, Debra. There is a good chance this island will be a setting in a future book. So much material.

Your photos are probably the only way I’ll actually get to “see” this verdant Isle. Thank you, Darlene!

I’m happy to have you travel vicariously with me, Marian!

What a beautiful place to write, share and be inspired!

It was, I was so lucky to be able to experience this place.

Looks like the ideal place to get the creative juices flowing.

It was perfect and I spent time with some amazing writers too.

Dr C and I have only visited it once. We were students at Strathclyde University in Glasgow in 1969 and “popped over” for a weekend. Going up Goat Fell was our highlight.

I can imagine you would have enjoyed climbing Goat Fell. I was pleased I actually made it to the Giant’s Graves!

True, but spent most time sitting on the beach, a treat for a weekend after central Glasgow and the intensity of postgraduate chemistry research!

A perfect place to unwind.

Ah I’m so jealous. A writer’s retreat in Scotland. So much to like!

It was as close to perfect as you can get!

What a beautiful place

Incredibly beautiful! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

No worries. I recently went to the Highlands in Scotland and it was stunning.

How lovely to see these pictures, Darlene!! xx

Pleased you enjoyed them. It was great fun spending time with you as well.

Wonderful, Darlene. I just keep thinking – this time last week! Sigh!! x

I know. I’ve been thinking the same thing. Glad we have the pictures to remind us, otherwise we might think it was all a dream.

Truly magical and stunning photos, Darlene. 💞

Thanks, Lauren. A great place to find inspiration.

Indeed! And being with like-minded people helped so much..

I was just telling my writers’ group that this morning, Judith.

Awe-inspiring photos, Darlene. So glad to hear you had a wonderful time there, just as on your previous trip to Arran Island!

It was so wonderful. Thanks!!

Hi Darlene, I saw some of your lovely pictures on Insta or FB, I’m not sure as I follow you on both. Anyhow, I love your pictures and envy you this marvelous writing retreat. I would love to do something like that even locally.

You have some gorgeous locations as well that would be ideal for a writing retreat. You don’t need many, three or four other writers, make it doable and effective. It was just what I needed to get my writing mojo back.

I have been sick with tracheitis. It’s been a lousy six months since I had Covid in March. I can’t write heavy stuff when I’m not well so I am doing some other writing now. I need something like this too – smile

So sorry to hear you have had a rough 6 months. From what I understand, COVID depletes your defences. Take care my friend.

Absolutely lovely, Darlene. What fabulous photos!

It is an amazing place. You would love it!

My envy is as green as that grass! I would love to visit a place so lush and tranquil. A perfect writer’s retreat. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.

The green there is so intense it doesn’t look real. So pleased you enjoyed the pictures.

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing your journey and these amazing photographs!

I am delighted you enjoyed the photos. It is a gorgeous part of the world.

I visited Scotland when I was an overseas student in Scotland, but I have not been to this place. It looks amazing!!!

Thank you for allowing me to be an arm chair traveler. The photos are truly magical. I’m interested in the retreat. Was this a formal retreat based on application?

Thanks, Evelyn. This was a very informal retreat where 4 mutual writer friends were invited to meet at the house of another writer friend. (who happens to live on this wonderful island). I was very lucky to be included.

Oh Darlene! These photos look absolutely gorgeous! I’m so thrilled you had a wonderful time and I have to confess I’m rather envious!

This was a lovely post to read with my morning coffee. xx

It was truly a magical place and I was so lucky to be able to experience it. So pleased you enjoyed it with your morning coffee. Glad to see you are on the mend. Take care, my friend.

Wonderful photos. Glad you were able to return to the Fairy Glen Island : )

Any place with a Fairy Glen has to be special!

Wonderful, I’d love to go one day!

I think all of the Scottish Isles are special. xo

Gorgeous. Glad you had such a good time.

How wonderful that you were able to return to the Isle of Arran. The landscape looks so lush and colourful. What a great picture of you at the Giants’ Graves.

Thanks. I really do love this place. Tons of interesting hiking trails too. You would love it.

I absolutely love, love this virtual trip to Scotland! Your photos are outstanding, Darlene. Fairy Glen must be magical.

It was Jennie, and I swear I saw a couple of fairies flitting among the trees.

I bet you did! 😀

Thanks for sharing these pictures….such beauty! I can see why it’s your happy place!!

I know they always say the grass is greener on the other side but in this case, it actually is! The natural colours were perfect for taking photos and would be great for an artist.

Can’t wait for the rest of the pics!!

What a beautiful spot, Darlene. It looks delightful and I love the name Fairy Glen. I’m so pleased you got a lot of writing done.

I could have gotten more writing done but I was eager to explore. Of course, I had to check out a place called Fairy Glen!

Of course! I would too. 🙂

Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip to Arran, Darlene. Toni x

It was so amazing. More to come.

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