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UK; why the Isle of Arran is the idyllic wedding venue

Just an hour out of Glasgow is the small town of Ardrossen, home to the ferry connecting Scotland to the 60mile island, Arran.

Some might say Arran isn’t your typical holiday destination but for my family, it’s been the chosen destination for over 15years. This weekend was my very first trip to Arran for my stepsisters wedding so I thought it would be good to share my experience with you all.

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With a population of only 4,300 people it’s easy to see how Arran has managed to maintain its tradition heritage in a globalised world. Arran feels excluded from modern culture of UK, it feels raw and traditional. I love it!

How often can you say a town is untouched by popular culture? The island has no retail franchises, no Macdonald’s nor a Topshop, infact the only brand you will find on there is Cooperative Food Stores. Signal isn’t great on the island so all that’s left to do is put down your technology and go explore the history of this beautiful island.

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Here’s some pointers of things to do whilst in Arran.

1. Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park is a great place to visit! Lose yourself in the Victorian Highland estate, a perfect day out with the family! Brodick Castle is located closely to Goatfell Mountain and is the perfect backdrop for some travel photos.

2. Fancy testing your trekking skills, pull on them walking boots and take a hike up Goatfell, Arran’s highest mountain. Goatfell stands 874meters high and has several routes up depending on your stamina and intensity level. It is rumoured that on a clear day Ireland can be seen from the top.

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3. If golf is more your thing then why not make it your challenge to get around all the courses on the island, Arran is home to 12 courses. Or how about shipping the other half off for a game whilst you indulge in one of the spas on the Ireland. Bliss after a long days hike.

And finally, I know your dying to ask, the wedding went perfectly! If your planning your big day then Arran could be an option for you too. This beautiful island has the golden coastal scenes to the right and forestry mountain scenes to the left. It really is simply idyllic.

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xx

World Travel; send personal, electronic postcards!

It’s always been a bit of a drag, going on holiday and having to source a nice postcard that reflects the area you have travelled to. From personal experience I have found myself putting aside half a day to hunt for the right cards to send home. Then there’s the added dilemma of actually finding a post office to buy some stamps & beating the card home before you yourself return!

I’ve toyed with the idea of personal postcards and have done some research into the best service at the right cost. Last week I stumbled across a Lettr.co. Lettr.co allows travellers to send innovated papery postcard from any place in the world. No need in having a pen, stamp or even postcard! Just snap yourself in your travel destination and take it from there.

I tested out the service to see exactly how well it works and I’m delighted to say ‘I’m impressed!’. The feature works great from both a mobile device or computer and is quick and simple to navigate (it took me the grand total of 3 minutes from start to finish, and that included some dithering towards what I wanted to write!), below are some print screens of the step by step process to sending home your personalised postcard.

Select your ideal photo

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Add the body of your postcard

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Add a description to your photo

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This also works well from a mobile device:

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With the great feature of adding your signature as a personal touch!

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And fully impressed with the end result! Great quality card with both the QR code and exact location of which I sent the card. My new favourite service.

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I believe in today’s society we have lost some authenticity, we rely too heavily on social media. Try taking a step back & consider how much your Grandparents will appreciate this heart felt notelet. I am offering my first 10 readers a free trial. To retrieve click here: Lettr.co