Isle of Arran Travel Guide

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Isle of Arran Things to Do

  • 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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  • Holy Isle

    Holy Isle, so named as it was home to the Celtic St Molas, sits in Lamlash Bay and is accessible by a small ferry from the pier in the middle of Lamlash. We didn't have time to go there unfortunately but if you leave early enough it is apparently possible to climb its peaks before returning by the last ferry of the day. The north end of the island...

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  • Kildonan

    At the south end of the Island is the village of Kildonan and probably the best beach on the island, which seemed to be fairly popular. The village is reached by leaving the main road round the island, onto a narrower road. There is some parking at the side of the road where steps lead down to the beach and then the road winds down to the main part...

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  • Glenashdale Falls

    When you reach the falls themselves there is a wooden viewing platform which juts out from the hillside over the burn to give a great view over the falls. I was surprised how tall it was - over 140 feet in height, falling in two drops to a plunge pool below. Much more impressive that I had expected and most definitely worth the walk to get there...

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  • Glenashdale Iron Fort

    Before reaching the Falls themselves you pass by an Iron Age Fort among the woodland. You also pass a much smaller waterfall so don't be mistaken that this is the falls!

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  • Glenashdale

    Our final morning on the island was spent walking to Glenashdale Falls. They are reached by walking through woodland, alongside the Glenashdale Burn. You can begin this walk in the village of Whiting Bay near the shore, and walk in a circuit. We chose to park our car a bit closer, at the top of the very steep hill and just on the edge of the woods...

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  • lochranza

    our next stop was in the north of the island at the beautiful village of Lochranza. This was definitely my favourite of the villages, so picturesque and seemed very quiet. The houses are stretched out right around the side of the sea loch with the backdrop of mountains that cover the north [Highland!] of the island. Lots of beautiful views to soak...

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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

  • 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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  • CALEDONIA MACBRAYNE

    There are two ways to get you and your car onto Arran and both are operated by the folks at Cal/Mac. The main ferry runs from Ardrossan - direct connection by train to Glasgow Central from here - on the mainland over to Brodick. This ferry runs year round. The other ferry, running from Lochranza to Claonig - nothing more than a ferry landing - on...

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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 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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    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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  • Great Views.

    There are 2 roads that cut across Arran...the String Road and the Ross Road....both are long and steep but well worth the climb to see the views.

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