Magnard Ensemble Tour Blog 5: Isle of Arran

We woke up on our final concert day of the tour very excited for our final Ness-tination, the Isle of Arran. Scotland treated us to beautiful sunshine and blue skies for our ferry journey and we were not disappointed by the spectacular views of Arran on our approach! 

We had a few hours to explore before our rehearsal and we were keen to cram in as much sightseeing as we possibly could. Our favourite stop off on our whirlwind (quite literally!) tour was Lochranza and, despite the high winds, I think you can tell that we enjoyed it here! Suzie was particularly blown away by the impressive landscape!

There was no chance of us visiting Arran and not paying a visit to the cheese shop and we curd not resist stocking up on souvenirs and treats to take home but, in all honesty, I’m not sure these will even last the train journey home!!!

Here’s us enjoying one of their brie-lliant puns and cheesy grins from some very happy customers! 


Once again, we were fed a pre-concert meal by committee member, Heather, that was fit for Kings and Queens and our final concert went down a storm. We particularly enjoyed talking to a young oboist and horn player who came to watch the concert and we all agreed that one of our tour highlights had to be having young audience members at almost all of our concerts! It was especially encouraging as a lot of them were learning the endangered instruments from the wind quintet and we wish them loads of luck for all of their future musical endeavours.

We were greeted enthusiastically at our hosts house by Daisy the Retriever and we all immediately became fast friends. It’s safe to say she lapped up all the attention! 

After an early morning ferry back to the mainland and much sad-Ness returning our hire car in Glasgow, we are currently en route back to London. 

A massive thank you to the Tunnell Trust for making this wonderful tour possible and to all the music clubs for making our visit so enjoyable. 

Until next time Scotland! 

Over and out. 

Team Magnard