Set to the west of the Scottish mainland in the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran can be reached in a little over an hour by ferry from the port of Ardrossan. It’s a favourite with walkers, nature lovers and anyone who appreciates unspoilt beauty and, of course, a wee dram of whisky at the end of the day.
Set yourself up with a full Scottish breakfast at your Arran hotel and prepare for a busy day. There’s plenty to keep you entertained on the island, from Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park with its baronial-style home and walled garden, to the Arran Aromatics factory and shop where you can see the firm’s popular beauty products being made.
Learn about the history of the island at the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, before stepping back in time during a visit to the west coast to see the Machrie Moor Stone Circles and explore the breathtaking King’s Cave and Blackwaterfoot.
Explore the outdoors
Many visitors who come to stay at one of the numerous Arran hotels are intent on making the most of the island’s countryside. Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak, is a big draw, along with the many serene stretches of coastline. Take a stroll along the seafront near Kildonan to take the air, enjoy stunning coastal views and say hello to the local seal colony.
Perhaps you’ll spot some red squirrels during a peaceful woodland walk above Whiting Bay as you head up towards the stunning Glenashdale Falls.
Raise your spirits
Arran’s whisky distillery went into production in 1995, making it one of the youngest in Scotland. The Arran Distillery in Lochranza is open all year round for whisky tastings and guided tours. Beer lovers might want to head over to Cladach, home to Arran Brewery, and see some of the island’s favourite beers being made.
Enjoy a meal at your hotel in Arran or choose to head out and sample some of the excellent local cuisine available at the island’s numerous restaurants. Consider Creelers near Brodick for fresh seafood, or eighteen69 for an extensive menu of Scottish-themed tapas. Stags Pavilion in Lochranza is a great option if you’re around the north of the island, while the Trafalgar Restaurant in Whiting Bay serves fresh, seasonal food and offers wonderful views out to sea.
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