Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Weekend on the Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran
Isle of Arran Beach

Isle of Arran Beach

Isle of Arran Beach
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Isle of Arran Sheep
Isle of Arran and sheep

Isle of Arran
Isle of Arran
Due to a jam-packed week (or rather, weeks), followed by a weekend away, I wasn't able to keep my regular schedule of posting on Thursdays and Sundays, but now I'm getting back on track. I spent the weekend on the Isle of Arran, which was really lovely. The trip was organised and partly funded by the Department of Scottish Literature, and we were around 20-25 students, from people in first year to PhD students, and three professors.

On Friday, we arrived at the hotel just before lunchtime, and after lunch the whole afternoon was dedicated to presentations - each of us had to prepare a presentation about Scottish literature or culture. After a wonderful three-course dinner, we watched a Scottish movie and then I (as well as most people) went to bed. On Saturday morning we listened to the second half of the presentations. After lunch we were supposed to go for a walk along the beach to see the famous King's Cave and the beautiful scenery, but with every step we took the storm got worse and we were forced to return. After a couple of hours of relaxing, it was time for a three-course dinner again. The rest of the evening everyone simply sat around and chatted, which was really nice.

Sunday was the last day, and the weather was looking much better. After a late breakfast, a game of Scots "Call My Bluff", a short walk along the beach and lunch, we took a coach trip around the North of the island. We stopped at a couple of places to have a look around, and I was happy to get the chance to see more of the island. Arran is really beautiful, and I'm sure it's even more breathtaking in summer. There's still a lot I haven't seen though, so I definitely plan on coming back. All in all, I had a really great time. I met some really lovely people, ate a lot of delicious food and improved my knowledge of Scottish culture. Plus, seeing so many sheep roaming around everywhere made me really happy, haha.

I apologise for the photo dump, but it was impossible to pick only a few!

How was your weekend?

Love, Mimmi.