Arran

By Caledonian Macbrayne ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick. Trains run regularly from Glasgow Central to the Ardrossan terminal.
Hotels, guest houses, B& B, self-catering, farmhouses (choose from Scotlandthebreak’s list of quality accommodation
Brodick Castle and Gardens; coastal caves; Bronze Age Stone Circles, beaches; The Arran Heritage Centre.
Walking, golf, hill-walking, pony-trekking, canoeing, abseiling, cycling.
Pony-trekking, cycling, swimming, walking.

Often described as “Scotland in miniature”, the island of Arran is simply a beautiful getaway for people of all ages. It is situated on the south west coast of Scotland and boasts stunning sandy beaches surrounded by palm trees flourishing in the warm climate of the Gulf, seven golf courses, more than 100 species of birds and a fantastic array of wildlife.

When the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry from Ardrossan docks at Brodick, you will be captivated by the scenery. Arran has an abundance of good restaurants and pubs. Try the Creelers Inn for a delicious fresh fish dish, situated next to Arran Aromatics, the renowned manufacturer of luxury toiletries and gifts. For refreshments, The Ormidale Bar will quench your thirst and provide an insight into island life.

For history lovers, Brodick Castle and Gardens is well worth a visit, as is the Arran Heritage Centre. Beer lovers will enjoy a visit to Arran Brewery, with its variety of delicious ales. Whisky connoisseurs are not forgotten either and a visit to the Arran Distillery could be an enjoyable outing in more ways that one. The island is a haven for lovers of arts and crafts, and a visit to The Whins Arts and Crafts shop will be high on your list. Try The Sheepskin Shop in Brodick for the finest knitwear, leather products and a variety of classic Arran sweaters.

Outdoor pursuits are in abundance on the island, with cycle hire, canoe hire or mountain gear available from the Arran Adventure Company, or check out the quality outdoor goods in Arran Activities. Pay a visit to the Arran Cheese Factory for delicious local produce, or indulge yourself in chocolate heaven in The Chocolate Factory, offering gorgeous hand-made confectionery.

There’s something for everyone on this beautiful island and once you are in love with Arran, you’re sure to go back for more.