Thanks for your reply.
However I am still new to all this and I am struggling to follow the instructions given on the suggested websites!
I am keen to learn about how to build etc.
By the way when I at a terminal and follow the instructions for the permissions on serial port I just get no directories or files after doing ls dev/tty....Where am I going wrong?
I really can't wait to having some fun with my new micro but I just sadly can't just hack it!
Any further tips on getting arduino working on RPI would be appreciated , I installed the arm version for 1.8.5 but following the instructions for v1.8.1 on the guy who does the medium (google) website! Could this be where I am going wrong after the final step of install seems to throw up messages mentioning minecraftetc!