Lochranza Castle is superbly set on a grassy spit of land that juts out in to the sea loch. The castle was rebuilt in the 16th century but there are remnants of the original castle from a few hundred years earlier. Legend has it that Robert the Bruce landed at Lochranza in 1306 from Ireland at the start of his claim to the Scottish throne and it is known that his grandson came to own the castle in 1371 when he became King Robert II of Scotland, who used it primarily as a hunting lodge. In the 15th century it was used as a base for James IV and later it was occupied by James VI and Cromwell’s troops.
Lochranza, in the north of the Isle of Arran, was the place I loved most on our trip to the Isle of Arran and it is not surprising that other people love it so much. This beautifully positioned bench is dedicated to the memory of Joyce C Orr. Sitting on the bench you are overlooking a stunning view and I could sit here for a long time watching the birds, the boats and the sea.
Joyce C Orr lived nearby in Ayr, on the mainland of Scotland and just a short ferry trip from the Isle of Arran. Joyce C Orr had been treated in Ayrshire Hospice and was a member of the St Columba Church in Ayr and Joyce C Orr and her family are remembered in notices from the church. On Saturday 21 September 2013 a concert was held at Ayrshire Hospice in memory of Joyce Orr, with music by Cantanti, a local vocal ensemble.