The Isle of Arran the most southerly Scottish island and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide but has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes.The pretty villages on Arran's beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. From Ardrossan the ferry leaves to Arran which was inhabited by the Vikings for centuries but also has associations with the early Christians and abounds with stone circles, pictish carvings and burial cairns.
Things to do in Arran
Machrie Moor Stone Circles
These six stone circles, suspected to be related to ancient religious practices, are situated near the settle of Machrie on the Isle of Arran, Scotland.
Lochranza Castle is an L-shaped tower house situated on a peninsula in the center of the village of Lochranza in the north of the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Most of the present castle was built in the 16th century.
This historic cave is one of several locations where Robert the Bruce is fabled to have his famous encounter with a spider. In the tale, the 14th Century Scots king sought shelter after another disheartening defeat by the English. Upon seeing a spider attempt to spin his web repeatedly before eventually succeeding, the king felt inspired to fight on – winning independence for Scotland in 1328.
Bird and Nature Watching at Blackwaterfoot
The Isle of Arran is an excellent place for birding, with beautiful species to be sighted year-round. The rich and varied terrain of the island makes it home to over 250 species of bird.
Arran Heritage Museum
The Arran Heritage Museum was founded in 1976 and open to the public since 1979. It is located on our delightful Arran Island, at Rosaburn, on the main road at the north of Brodick.
Goatfell is one of the most beautiful places on the isle of Arran. It is the tallest point on the entire island and boasts spectacular views from its 874-meter-tall summit. The walking trail from Brodick Castle is a Hillwalker’s dream and a great thing to do on your next Arran Holiday.
Isle Of Arran Distillery
Arran's whisky and gin distilleries offer a great visitor experience with tours and tastings to whet every palate. The 'Arran Water' was famed in centuries past with up to 50 illicit distilleries on Arran at any one time. These days however, you can legally enjoy a dram or a nip, and find out more about the distilling process including how Arran's natural microclimate flavours Arran Malt and Arran Gin.
Brodick Castle was once the ancestral home of the Dukes of Hamilton. Now owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, the Castle and Gardens are well worth a visit. Brodick Castle is situated just north of Brodick and overlooks Brodick Bay and the Firth of Clyde.