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King’s Cave on Arran

A walk back in time
Robert the Bruce

There’s something timeless about the Isle of Arran. Some years ago they had a slogan which read: “People have been coming here for ages”, illustrated with a striking image of the standing stones on Machrie Moor. A clever, thought-provoking and memorable play on words.

People have indeed been coming to Arran for thousands of years: the number of prehistoric monuments on the island pays testimony to that. The Bronze Age in particular was a time when the weather was good, the land fertile and food plentiful. It was a stable period when people were beginning to express their ideas on the meaning of life, and their place in it. They created rituals and ceremonies, and, most visibly, a vast array of monuments in stone we can still see today.

A walk can put you right on the spot where past events took place and shaped the times ahead

There’s no shortage of visitors to Arran and with good reason: the stunning scenery, the varied landscape, the splendid mountains that surround Goatfell, that majestic central peak. And in addition to this, you have the rich historical and archaeological heritage of the island, as well as outdoor activities galore.

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