Isle of Arran Travel Guide

  • Hiking
    Hiking
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  • The Holy Isle
    The Holy Isle
    by IreneMcKay
  • Lagg Hotel.
    Lagg Hotel.
    by IreneMcKay

Isle of Arran Things to Do

  • The Holy Isle

    The Holy Isle is just off the east coast of Arran in Lamlash Bay The island is 1.9 miles long and 0.6 miles wide. Its highest point is a hill called Mullach Mòr.The island has always been a sacred place and has a holy well with healing properties. Saint Molaise, a sixth century monk, lived as a hermit in a cave on this island. There is also...

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  • Lagg

    Lagg is a very small village on Arran. It consists of a few houses, a shop, a hotel and a Post office. There are a couple of burial cairns here next to the river.The Lagg hotel is one of the oldest hotels on the Isle of Arran. It has been open since 1791.

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  • The Twelve Apostles at Catacol

    The lovely village of Catcol has a row of twelve fishermen's cottages. These are known as the twelve apostles. Each cottage has a different upper window from all the other houses. This enabled the fishermen's wives to place lights in the window and send signals to their husbands while they were out fishing. The men could tell exactly who was...

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  • Lochranza

    Lochranza is a little village in the north west of Arran. It is home to about 200 people. It is located on the shores a small sea loch called Loch Ranza. There is a regular ferry service from here to Claonaig on the mainland.Lochranza is the site of the Arran Distillery. This was built in 1995 and produces the Arran Single Malt.Lochranza has a...

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  • Goat Fell

    Goat Fell is the highest point on the Isle of Arran at 874 metres or 2,866 feet high.The mountain's name may mean Mountain of Wind if it derives from Gaelic or Goat Mountain if it derives from Norse.Goat Fell is very popular with hikers. The most popular route up Goat Fell is a path which starts from near Brodick Castle in Cladach and leads up...

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  • Brodick

    Brodick is the largest town on Arran. It is Arran's main commercial centre and ferry port. Brodick boasts a lovely old castle with beautiful gardens. I visited this as a child, but do not have any recent photos.Brodick Castle was home to the Dukes of Hamilton. The gardens were created in 1923 by the Duchess of Montrose.Brodick also has hotels,...

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  • A Showcase for earth scientists

    Mountains, lowlands, dykes, sills, glens, corries, polished walls of granite, staircases of waterfalls make Arran a showcase for earth scientists. Nowhere else in Britain is there such diversity in such a small area.Igneous rocks including granites and lavas, occupy half the island. Within the mountain masses there are two granites. The older...

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  • Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

    The battle fleet tossed expectantly at anchor, their dragon prows sniffing the breeze blowing into Lamlash Bay. By October 1263 King Haakon of Norway’s patience was exhausted. He determined to teach the troublesome Scots never to challenge his authority over the Western Isles again.No respecter of foreign kings, the Scots aided by autumn gales...

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  • The Waverley Paddle Steamer

    She comes in low and squat as if hugging the water, her twin side paddles leaving twin wakes. Approaching the quay her paddles stop before thrashing in reverse and churning the sea into green champagne. Warps hang momentarily in the air before grabbing hands place them around bollards. Not an easy ship to manoeuvre, the Waverley, the last sea going...

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  • Arran's Food Trail

    Arran Food trail is an enticing trail full of delicious tastes and smells. Producers of the Isle’s quality delicacies open their doors to visitors. Each has a visitor’s centre explaining how each delicacy is made.Enjoy the aromas and buy mementos of the visit straight from the producer. It’s a good excuse to sample the island’s beer and whisky and...

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  • ISLE OF ARRAN DISTILLERY

    Whisky had not been distilled - legally - on Arran for over a hundred years - 160 to be more accurate - before this distillery was established in 1995. The distillery offers tours - four pounds - through the day along with a large café and gift shop. The day I was here, the distillery was playing host to a large number of Scandanavians who might...

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  • GOATFELL

    Arran’s highest peak - 874 meters/2866 feet - dominates the skyline from both Brodick and the Scottish Ayrshire mainland. It serves as a magnet for many would-be modern day versions of George Mallory. They clamber off the ferry at Brodick and set out to walk around the bay, beginning their climb at Cladach, next to Brodick Castle. Some cheat and...

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Isle of Arran Hotels

  • Belvedere

    I have stayed at the Belvedere two times now and would go back every time. There is a magic about...

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Isle of Arran Restaurants

  • YOU WANT TO LICK IT (YOU KNOW YOU DO)

    The food here is so impossibly delicious that you will want to lick your plate clean. The reason it is called ‘Arran on a Plate’ is due to the fact that the Master Chefs of Great Britain award their Chefs with plates highlighting their achievement. The restaurant is centred around Chef Richard Attkins. Richard began his training in Scotland and...

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  • Eilean Mor

    A bar bistro overlooking the shore at Brodick. Mostly Italian style menu with pasta dishes, pizza, risotto etc with a Scottish twist and plenty seafood options. They did also have things like fish & chips for the more conservative diners [ie my dad!]. Prices were reasonable and it was a nice setting & very popular. I had the vegetable Risotto...

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  • Social Fulcrum for Lochranza

    The hotel’s bar is ground zero for the social scene here in Lochranza. Offering up good food to go along with the drinks, people gather here every evening. Being a hotel, there are rooms to hole up in as well, making the pub but a staircase away. I had the steak and ale pie and the puff pastry ensured a good meal.

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Isle of Arran Transportation

  • Getting to Arran

    Regular ferries run from Ardrossan Harbour to the Isle of Arran. These ferries link in both directions with a train service from Glasgow Central Station to Ardrossan Harbour.There are summer and winter timetables.The ferries are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. The first ferry in the morning on the summer timetable departs from Ardrossan at 7am,...

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  • LOCAL BUSES

    The Stagecoach buses offer good and regular service around the entire island - to go completely around takes some 30-40 miles and about two hours. Most one way fares were 2.3o pounds, so you are better off buying a DayRover pass for 4.20 pounds which gives you unlimited use of the buses for the day. That is great for when the weather is...

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  • Ferry from Ardrossan

    The main way of getting to Arran from mainland Scotland is by Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from the Ayrshire town of Ardrossan. There are several daily crossings and the ferry runs year round.Its a roll on roll off car ferry and to take a standard vehicle is approx £59 return [summer 2010] and £9 per passenger [whether on foot or in a vehicle]

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Isle of Arran Shopping

  • by fluffyhaggis Updated Nov 11, 2010

    Something for everyone! Whether you love new-age stuff from crystals to yoga, feng shui and meditation...there's also gorgeous jewellery from India & Nepal, Tibetan singing bowls, funky clothing mostly fairtrade and plenty of unusual gifts to take home. Follow the smell of incense and you'll find it on the main street in Brodick.

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Isle of Arran Local Customs

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    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    OK. You are in Brodick and you hoped to waddle up Goatfell but the peak is hidden by swirling clouds which show no sign of leaving. You can A) proceed to the nearest pub B) head for Brodick Castle and pay for the opportunity of seeing how the ‘high people’ used to live or C) hop on a local bus for 4.20 pounds and take your own circle tour of Arran. You can either go north towards Lochranza or south via Lamlash - both routes end up in Blackwaterfoot on the western side. Talking with the bus driver, lots of people take exactly this opportunity of getting familiar with the lay of the land on Arran by circling the island on the bus.

    Scenery from the bus in western Arran Holy Island from the bus stop in Lamlash Blackwaterfoot Harbor from end of the line
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Isle of Arran Warnings and Dangers

  • WEATHER

    This being Scotland in Miniature, you will find one item looming not so small is the weather. There are nice days on Arran - I have seen pictures on the internet - but as fate would dictate for me, the only nice days I had were the ones in which I was coming and going. Many people come to Arran to hike or bike so they should keep a close eye on the...

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  • Midgies

    Look out for midgies when you're outside. No, not those tiny men, but a type of mosquitos. They're everywhere, and if you're allergic you'll get bumps all over. Although they don't look like mosquitos, because they are so small, they do sting. If you're not allergic you'll just get small red spots, but still they are annoying. Bring a good bug...

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  • Isle of Arran Hotels

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Isle of Arran Off The Beaten Path

  • OTHER PEAKS

    Cir Mohr is maybe the most elegant peak on Arran standing between Glens Rosa, Sannox and Lorsa. Casiteal Abhail, directly north, offers arguably the best overall views on the island. Beinn Nuiss, Beinn Tarsuinn and A’Chir offer tough walkers even more views. Beinn Bharrain give one a totally different perspective from the more forgotten peaks of...

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  • NORTH GOATFELL PEAK

    Lying about a half kilometer north of Goat fell is another peak the is between the beautiful glacial U-shaped valleys of Glen Rosa and Glen Sannox. North Goatfell stands a bit lower at 818 metes - Goatfell is 874 - but your view is as good or maybe even better. Other peaks stand invitingly close at hand. There is also not so many people up here.

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  • RED DEER

    Most of northern Arran is owned by a triumvirat known as Arranland. A continuous deer-fence extends around the northern portiion of the island which allows the red deer population of well over 1000 to roam over a good section of land. One place they really seem to like is the golf course at Lochranza where they serve as moving hazards. Every night...

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Isle of Arran Sports & Outdoors

  • CLIMB/HIKE

    While many head for Arran’s golf courses, beaches, and Brodick Castle, a significant minority head for Arran’s trails. You’ll see them emergin from the ferry, trekking poles at the ready, gaiters on to protect them from Brodick’s gutters and Ordnance Maps in hand. The mountains around Goatfell attract most of the attention, but there are many other...

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  • Hill walking

    A popular reason for visiting Arran is to for hill walking and mountain climbing. The most popular peak is Goatfell, at 874 metres, the islands highest

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Isle of Arran Favorites

  • Seals

    It is quite common as you travel around Arran to see seals basking on the rocks or playing in the waves.In the little village of Corrie there is even a very cute statue of a basking seal out in the water.

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  • Beaches and Coastline

    Arran has some lovely beaches and beautiful coastline. We braved swimming in Whiting Bay once, but I must admit the water was absolutely freezing even after a spell of lovely hot summer weather.

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  • Isle of Arran

    See the Isle of Arran, it is Scotland in small version, everything is there - mountains, beaches, sheeps, seals, beautiful nature and nice people.The way you can get there is - buy a train ticket inclusive ferry ticket at Glasgow Central and go by train to Ardrossan Harbour and there you get on the ferry operated by Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd. (0...

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