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Lochranza Castle - Isle of Arran

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Any time of day at this location provides great interest, during the day when the tide is in, there are amazing detailed reflection shots. In the early evening the wild red deer come down from the hills and refresh themselves by walking in the Estuary in front of the castle, making great photographic opportunities. The red deer are generally all hanging around Lochranza throughout the day, you don't have to look hard to find one.

Sunrise throws light onto the castle and sunset provides an amazing backdrop to the castle to silhouette it out. It is surrounded by high hills, plenty of boats, lots of intricate things to photograph with buoys, fishing paraphanalia and wildflowers.

The Waverley paddle steamer comes by very often, and creates its own image. And there is a ruined cottage at the end of the bay which makes a nice scene.

There is a whisky distillery nearby that serves food, a sandwich shop, a hotel/pub, a good restaurant called the Stag and public lavatories. There are lots of little laybys to park in around the area, and a carpark within the village hall, at high season we never had a problem finding a space.

The only thing I would say is to avoid the area in Summer if you are easily deterred by Midges and horseflies as these are very very abundant due to the damp peaty soil and they are voracious! So take a very good midge repellent and don't underestimate their power to ruin your shot, you would be wise to consider a full midge net suit, including netted gloves. This generally goes for all wild areas on Arran.

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Lochranza Castle

North Ayrshire KA27 8HL
United Kingdom

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