Sunny Day Ideas

The Doctors Bath on Corrie Seashore!!...

Maybe a bath for the giant's baby?

The doctor’s bath.
 

The Doctor’s bath on the Corrie seashore is a great wee adventure for those with young children. As you can see from the picture it looks like an oversized bath carved out of the rock on the shoreline. It also has steps carved into the rock at one end of the bath to make getting in and out easier. If you look closely at the higher point of the steps/channel, there are four holes drilled into the rock adjacent to the bath, where (allegedly!) the doctor’s changing hut was located.

 
It makes a great mystery story for youngsters, along the lines of …..”Once upon a time, there lived in Corrie, a doctor who had come from the mainland to work in Arran. He was from a wealthy family, and was used to a large house with running water, big coal fires, servants, etc, etc. But after qualifying as a doctor, he turned his back on all that to go and look after the sick people on the Isle of Arran etc, etc. The locals offered him a very small cottage with no running water or means of heating etc, etc. He had to convince the locals that personal hygiene was the key to good health etc, etc……..you can make up the rest!!

 
The story that we were told was that a doctor who lived in Corrie had long been convinced of the need for personal hygiene, and also believed in bracing walks as being good for the soul/morale etc. He decided that he would carve out a bath in the rocks on the shoreline, and let the natural ebb and flow of the tide clean and replenish his bath twice a day with the tide.

 
The story has never been researched by the Burns family, as we are happy just to make up more of it each time we visit the bath. As of yet, we have never had the gumption to try out the bath, but maybe one day soon?? Any takers??

 

This outing is best accompanied by a picnic, which can be home produced or simply picked up from the counter just inside the door at the Brodick Co-op. The counter has pretty much all that you might need for a picnic, and you can pay for it at the wee kiosk at the front - without having to go through the sometimes lengthy wait at the main tills.

 

 

 

 

Glenashdale falls.

 

The walk to Glenashdale falls is an excellent walk for some of the bigger children, maybe a bit too much for the under fives, but with some help, still possible.

 

 

 

 

A picnic would be a great idea for this walk, letting the more experienced walkers in the group carry the picnic (this will also work as a kind of handicapping system!). There are many good places to stop for the picnic, including a few benches along the way.

 

 

We often drive over to Whiting Bay, and park either at the bus stop outside the Youth Hostel, or near to the Coffee pot tea rooms.  We find the best plan is to go to the falls via the path which starts alongside the hostel. We normally set off up the unpaved path, gaining height as we go. The road meanders past several houses and cottages, before finding yourself in the more wooded surroundings. The river should be alongside you on the right as you go along, but drops away as the climb gets a bit steeper. There are plenty of signs to help as you go along.

 Eventually, the path will lead you straight to the protruding viewing gallery – a great bit of kit which offers a stunning view of the falls, especially after a heavy rainfall. There are plenty of photo opportunities around here, so be sure to pack your camera.  Kids will love this bit, and there can be plenty of stories of giants who used the falls to clean their teeth, etc (or maybe as a bidet??). Once you have told all those stories, and it is time to move on, continue climbing for just a few steps, where there is another viewing area, and a bench, which is an ideal spot for a picnic and a rest to get the wee ones (?) breath back. 

 

At this point you have two choices; if you continue up the path to the right you will find yourself above the Glenashdale Falls, looking at them from above and behind. However, we recommend veering left, following the signs for Whiting Bay and The Giants Graves.
You will quickly join a loggers track which carries the logging trucks and diggers, etc up into the higher forests. Turn left on the track towards the sea, and follow the track for about a mile.  En-route, the views over Whiting Bay and Holy Isle are simply spectacular on a good day, and again, a great place for those “family group” pictures to send to friends and family.

Continuing along the track you work your way around to the entrance to the Giants Graves (on the left)– a great place to tell tall stories about the “tickling giants” who tickled children who didn’t behave themselves/eat up their supper/say please and thank you etc. The graves themselves are not so much a spectacle - more a curiosity, but interesting all the same.

 As you come out of the other side of the graves area, continue along the path, which will now be taking you slightly downhill again. After a while you will come to our boys favourite bit – “The Zig- Zag Path”. It is basically like a coastal cliff path winding it’s way back and forth across the steep hillside, dropping quite sharply as it goes – great fun at the end of the walk! At the bottom of the zigzag, turn right, and you will now be rejoining the path where you started out, emerging back out alongside the Youth Hostel. You are now at the main road, and back at the car for the short drive back to Cordon!

 

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