Isle of Arran Travel Guide

  • Boathouse and Iorsa Water.
    Boathouse and Iorsa Water.
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  • Dougarie Lodge.
    Dougarie Lodge.
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  • From the boathouse.
    From the boathouse.
    by nickandchris

Isle of Arran Things to Do

  • Whiting Bay

    Whiting Bay appeared to us as an absolute metropolis after being out in the wilds for a few days. It's Arran's third largest village after Brodick and Lamlash and is a hot spot for tourists. Accommodation is mainly in self catering cottages with the odd hotel and B&B To me, it was rather like an old fashioned Victorian resort with a few mod cons...

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  • Giants Graves.

    The Giants Graves' are a couple of neolithic chambered tombs, built in a splendid setting in a clearing off the forest track,way above Whiting Bay, some 120 metres above sea level. The views are spectacular!Chambered cairns were often used as burial grounds, where the bones from important people would be laid to rest. To save space, the bodies were...

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  • Glenashdale Falls to Giants Graves and...

    From above Glenashdale Falls, we took the left branch of the footpath which led us onto a wide forest road. This was easier walking than the steep path up to the falls, even though it continued to climb, the gradient was easier.We were astonished by the vivid purples of the heather, the bell heather and common ling, creating vast areas of pinky...

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  • Glenashdale Falls Walk

    Starting this walk at Whiting Bay you have a few options as to how far you walk. You can either walk to the falls and back the same route, walk to the falls and back via The Giants Graves or take either an eastward walk, westward walk or a northward walk, all much longer distances.We opted to see the falls first and then make a decision. The walk...

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  • Clauchlands Point

    To the north east of Lamalash is a minor road passing through a residential area. This also passes the Outdoor Activity Centre before ending at a small car park on the coast. From here you can access the coast walk but many simply walk to the point and back.Clauchlands Farm, just up the road from the car park is Arran's largest dairy farm and...

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  • Kildonan.

    We visited this lovely little coastal village on a very dull and damp day but even so, were surprised at the lack of people. I was expecting it to be very busy, having a gloriously long, sandy beach that is not the norm on Arran. Most beaches are rock and pebble.We parked in a little car park by some large rocks. Looking to one side we noted a...

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  • King's Cave.

    This series of caves have been chiseled out of the sandstone cliffs and is reputedly one of the places good old Robert the Bruce sought refuge during his fight for Scottish Independence.We all learned the story as children of Robert the Bruce's exile and his encounter with a very determined spider who never gave up spinning it's collapsing web...

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  • King's Cave Walk

    This is a circular walk that takes around two hours and the going varies between forest track, pebble beach and steep cliff path.The forestry commision car park for the walk is just south of Machrie and it does get very busy!There is a board depicting the walk and things to look out for. The preferable route is to take the anti clockwise direction,...

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  • Machrie Moor Standing Stones Etc.

    You cannot miss visiting these impressive circles and standing stones (although my husband did as he didn't feel fit enough for the walk) when on Arran.This step into prehistoric archeology is fascinating and worthy of a visit.The walk initially crosses fields but you soon arrive at the first point of interest, a burial cairn. As always, you have...

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  • Machrie Moor Scenery

    The Machrie moor walk is a popular walk as it takes in numerous stone circles and standing stones.Aprt from these relics, don't forget to take note of your surroundings and enjoy the stunning landscape.The views are magnificent, especially on a clear summer's day. I imagine it all looks a little different on a wet, misty day!As you draw close to...

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  • Walking Up Glen Catacol

    I have to admit I only did a part of this walk but I certainly enjoyed the river and the scenery.The walk up the steep glen eventually leads you to waterfalls and remote and wild Loch Tanna. Glen Catacol is said to be one of the wildest glens on the island.We parked in the car park over the river bridge.The start of the walk is from the left side...

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  • Imacher

    A fascinating coastal area with some very unusual rock features.The beach here is littered with stratad rocks, some lines horizontal, others vertical. I have never seen anything quite like it before and it fascinated me. As I was walking along the coastal path, I passed huge cliffs, again with lines going in both directions. One cliff face was...

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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

  • Only Way Is by Sea!

    You can take the ferry from Ardrossan in Ayrshire to Brodick,Arran's capital, which takes 55 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended and you can do this by phone or internet. The alternative ferry is from Claonaig in Kintyre to Lochranza, at the north end of Arran, which takes 30 minutes and is a smaller vessel. For this ferry, it is simply a...

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  • 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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Isle of Arran Shopping

  • Arran Asia: Shopping Experience Not to Be Missed!

    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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    ISLAND TOUR

    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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    • Road Trip

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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 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

  • Wildlife.

    I was thrilled at the variety of wildlife we saw whilst on Arran. We often sat and watched birds of prey, buzzards, I think, fairly close to us as they were calling to each other. I have never seen a bird of prey land before and this we saw numerous times in both fields and on rocks. Quite eciting.Herons were prolific, particularly at Lochranza...

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  • Iorsa Water at Dougarie.

    Iorsa Water flows into the sea close to Dougarie Lodge, just north of Machrie. It is a deep river with steep sides as it reaches the sea. Fishing is private, permits possibly from the Lodge. We saw lots of fish jumping and we watched a couple of men try fishing from the sea where the river enters it, with no luck.The old boathouse, across the...

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  • Lochranza.

    We visited Lochranza twice, loving the place.This one time herring port has a remote, small island feel, more like the Highlands than Ayrshire and really is lovely.The village sprawls round both sides of Loch Ranza sea loch, with the port located on the western side. On the eastern shore is a road with beautiful houses and gardens that leads to...

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