ArranIsle of Arran
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.
Arran should be explored on foot, but it has been known to be raining at times and a few indoor options are linked below. Perhaps, as attractions, not the best that Scotland has to offer but interesting nevertheless. The Balmichael Visitor Centre is the centre for the alternative way to explore - by Quad bike!
There are three 18 hole golf courses in Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay, three nine-hole courses in Corrie, Machrie and Lochranza and one unique 12-hole course in Shiskine. Most of the courses have good facilities, and nearly all provide excellent catering either on-site or nearby. Some golf courses allow dogs and children may be able to free when accompanied by a playing adult. There is an Arran Golf Pass available for £99 for those who want to play all the clubs.
Although we have not set up any links to specific archeological sites, Arran abounds with sites marked on the tourist maps which are much recommended to visit while out walking around the island. You will easily find pictish, Viking and early Chritian heritage sites, even if there is not too much information given about them. Amongst many we identify two for your consideration: Auchagallon Stone Circle and Kings Cave.
There are two Ancient castles worth having a look at, The significant (and still habitable) Brodick Castle, which has attractive grounds and can be taken in as part of the terrific walk up Goatfell (the most impressive of the mountains on Arran) and the ruined Lochranza castle.
The stand out walk on Arran (which you can do in a day direct from the Ferry terminal) is to climb the spectacular peak of Goatfell. It is a significant mountain where pre-checking of the weather forcast and adequate boots and rain-gear are necessary, but if you catch a day when the summit is clear of cloud, you will be rewarded with the most spectacular view. There are plenty of other recommended walks above Lochranza in the Pirnmill Hills and also around Whiting Bay and Lamlash in the South of the island
Blackwaterfoot Lodge is a warm and welcoming late 19th Century Victorian house, close to Blackwaterfoot's picturesque harbour and five minutes from Shiskine golf course. - Find out more
Dunvalanree is a family run licensed hotel and restaurant in Carradale on Kintyre Penninsula. Beautiful location and run by lovely people who know their food. All perfect. - Find out more
An idyllic, romantic and remote self catering holiday house, situated on the side of a heathery hill, perfect for families or romantic couple. - Find out more