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.
Arran is a haven for wildlife. Some animals/birds to look out for:-
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
PLACES TO SEE
Glenashdale Falls, Whiting Bay
Eas Mor Falls, Kildonan
Loch Garbad, Kildonan
Black Cave, Bennan Head
Drumadoon Point, Blackwaterfoot
Holy Isle, Lamlash
Fallen Rocks, Sannox
“12 Apostles”, Catacol
Corrie Lochan, Thunderguy
Glen Rosa, Brodick