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About Arran

The Isle of Arran, or Scotland in Miniature as it is often known, is a magical place that draws people back year after year. It is famous for its beauty and variety of scenery, from the stunning coastline to the mountains in the north and has a mild climate due to its location in the Gulf Stream. Arran is a walkers paradise and a golfers dream!


Arran has many historical places all over the island - the King’s Cave at Blackwaterfoot, the Standing Stones at Machrie, the Giant’s Grave at Whiting Bay, the Chambered Tomb at Torlin, Kilmory, Brodick Castle, Lochranza Castle, Kildonan Castle, to name but a few, all worth a visit.


The Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, at Rosaburn in Brodick, has memorabilia and machinery of bygone days.

There are numerous walks ranging from easy to difficult, 5 minutes to 5 hours.
Climb Goatfell (874 metres) to take in the spectacular views,
follow the newly-finished King's Cave Loop in Machrie
or stroll on Blackwaterfoot beach and watch the sun setting over Kintyre.

The Arran Coastal Way stretches approximately 100km, encircling the Island.
Many ancient and some newly-created paths follow the shore
and cater for all abilities, some suitable for wheelchairs.


WILDLIFE/WILDFLOWERS
Arran is a haven for wildlife. Some animals/birds to look out for:-

Red Deer Grey Seal
Basking Shark Raven
Dolphin Barn Owl
Otter Oystercatcher
Porpoise Shelduck
Hen Harrier Red Squirrel
Golden Eagle Ringed Plover
Hare Pheasant
Badger Buzzard
Adder Peregrine

 
 
Wildflowers are found wherever you look - along roadsides, on hillsides and skirting beaches.
Red Campion, Thrift, Cottongrass, Meadowsweet,
Grass of Parnassus, Thistle, Iris, Ragged Robin,
to name but a few.



THINGS TO DO
 

Play golf on all 7 courses
Horse riding/ pony trekking
Fishing
Cycling/Off road biking
Walking/Hiking
Climb Goatfell/The Witch’s Step
Walk the Coastal Way
Paragliding
Sailing
Bowling/Tennis/Putting
Swimming
Quad Biking
Visit Art Galleries and Craft Shops
Water Sports

 

Take a Helicopter Trip
Gorge walking, power boating
with Arran Adventure
Sample “Taste of Arran” at the many restaurants

Arran Distillery
Arran Brewery
Arran Aromatics
Arran Provisions
Auchrannie Spa Resort
Balmichael Visitor Centre
Torrylin Creamery
Adventure playground at Brodick Castle
Various festivals, live music and local events



PLACES TO SEE

Glenashdale Falls, Whiting Bay
Eas Mor Falls, Kildonan
Loch Garbad, Kildonan
Black Cave, Bennan Head
Drumadoon Point, Blackwaterfoot
Holy Isle, Lamlash
Goatfell, Brodick
Fallen Rocks, Sannox
“12 Apostles”, Catacol
Corrie Lochan, Thunderguy
Glen Rosa, Brodick


 

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