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Holy Island, Samye Ling, etc.   2010 October onwards

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Our son George was working as a volunteer at the Buddhist Centre for World Peace and Health on Holy Isle which is a small island off Arran, a larger island in the Firth of Clyde. We went to visit him there.

Euston to Glasgow
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Arnside Knott
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The white gable-end about a quarter way in from the left is 66 Sedbergh Road, Kendal and in it is the window of the bedroom that Roger had as a child. I remember watching heavy goods trains hauled by two steam locomotives with a third, "banking engine" pushing at the rear. The banking engine would then come back light to Oxenholme where it was stationed.
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This was taken on the return journey. I thought I might have better luck because the train was slowing (a bit) to stop at Oxen­holme. I think I have managed to get No. 66 exactly behind the tree on the left.
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These two were taken on a later visit to Kendal by road
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General view of Kendal from the train

Ardrossan to Brodick
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Looking back to Ardrossan
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West Kilbride
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Goat Fell on Arran
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Brodick Pier
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Shore Road, Bodick
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MV Caledonian Isles is one of the largest vessels in the Caledonian MacBrayne fleet. Confusingly they also have MV Isle of Arran but that operates the Kennacraig to Islay route.

Brodick
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Madeira (top), the Isle of Wight and Arran (bottom) shown on the same scale. (Shameless rip-off from Google maps.) See our holiday snaps of Madeira.
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Hunterston Nuclear Power Station
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Brodick castle
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Arran Asia Trading Company - on Geograph
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The Big Wooden House - "Arran's celebration party house - the crème de la crème of self-catering accommodation".
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From the dining room window of Dunvegan House where we stayed overnight. Note the palm trees - this coast is warmed by the Gulkf Stream drift

Bus trip round Arran
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Lochranza Castle
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Machrie telephone exchange at NR 890 330. Geograph image
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Ailsa Craig
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Pladda (map sources) with Ailga Craig behind
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First view of Holy Isle
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"The South" (see later). Former lighthouse keepers' cottages and the inner lighthouse

Ferry to Holy Isle
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They took us to this floating jetty at the fish farm south of Lamlash. While we were waiting all the other passengers retreated to solid land for some reason but Lesley and I were perfectly happy rocking gently.
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Panorama of Lamlash Bay
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Looking back to Lamlash
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