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Wacken on the water?

Heavy Metal-themed cruises are not exactly a new idea – Barge To Hell, anyone?

But until now, they’ve involved a lot of travel to get to the embarking port – well-heeled (or childless) metal heads who fancy a cruise-based holiday with their better halves now have a European option for this kind of holiday and it’s coming from the people who bring you the legendary Wacken festival every summer.

Full Metal Cruise – all the fun of a festival, on the highest of seas?

You can expect the usual delights of one of these holidays – as much food as you can consume, excursions and shore-based activities, libations and regular gigs on board with 20 bands promised for the inaugural event.

To me, it sounds kind of like bliss but my delightful dog Hagrid’s needs come first, so I’ll be sitting this particular voyage of the damned out for now – a metallic cruise where the scenery changes regularly, the bands are fantastic and the viking vibes are ever-present?  If that’s not a holiday to remember, I don’t know what is.

 

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Fluffrick goes West

So, tomorrow I will be braving predicted bad weather in the UK and going here:

Scotland in February. No, I'm not crazy. Or so it would seem...

The isle of Arran.  Regular as clockwork, that’s where I head to in February with Mrs Rolling Eyeballs and Minnie the Terrier in tow.

We’ve had reports that the weather was on the turn for a while, but it does appear that somewhere on our journey from Sheffield to Arran we will run into some harsh weather.  Wish us well and join me in hoping that the Wi-Fi in our digs is going to facilitate some blogging next week – regular service might be a little less frequent than usual, but I’ll try to get some posts in next week.

Play nice whilst I’m gone…

 

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The Arran Chronicles

Miss me? Blog traffic indicates that people (or web-indexing spiders) actually read this very repository of ephemera during my absence, so there exists the possibility that you may wish to know why I’ve been slacking off in the last week or so.

I was taking a holiday: I’m allowed one, apparently. What larks!

We went to Arran, which is off the West Coast of Scotland and must have something going for it, as my family goes to the island twice a year. Ironically enough, we managed to time our arrival so as to miss the fortnight-long heat wave which preceded our holiday and found the weather to be…changeable.

Allow me to illustrate, via the medium of camera phone pictorial:

This ferry is in dock at the Ardrossan ferry terminal. You had to back your car onto the deck. Our ferry was a mite bigger...

Nice blue sky, bright sunshine – good holiday weather all around, I think you’ll agree.

Arran's wonderful micro-climate, but one day later...

But 24 hours later, you’ll note, things were not quite as agreeable. I’ve yet to have a complete wash-out in Arran, but the weather was gleefully up and down during the first part of the week. As long as we get to walk the dogs, the odd shower and chill wind really doesn’t worry me.

I want miniature cannons by my front door. Why can't I have them? #Doormat Cannons

Fine venues like Brodick Castle exist for the history-minded tourist, but I prefer to just have a wander around their lovely, expansive gardens with the dogs and check out the funny nooks and crannies which add to your understanding of the building and it’s history.

The Ice House, Brodick Castle, Arran

Bringing back the Metal theme of recent posts, by going to Brodick Castle on Monday last week, I was a day late and could have taken in the sight of Arran’s own Viking re-enacting society running amok and generally being all Battle Metal. Crivens!

It’s not just the big, tourist things which delight about Arran – it’s the incidental stuff. Take my new friend, for example:

My new pal - I call him Billy Boulderson. Lovely lad, always smiling.

Idiosyncrasy – one of my favourite things in life and certainly a quality that Arran has in abundance.

Weird weather, quirky history and friendly locals – Arran is the kind of place that you want to keep coming back to.

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