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Arran Highlands, Scotland

Scotland in miniature, so the saying goes as you catch your first glance of the Isle of Arran, an island of two halves with a northern Highlands style mountainous area and a gentler southern moorland landscape featuring farmland and the island's main settlements which are warmed by the Gulf Stream. Ferries to the Isle of Arran depart regularly from Ardrossan on the mainland Ayrshire coast to Brodick on the central east coast of Arran (journey time around 55 minutes) and from Claonaig on Argyll to Lochranza on the northern edge of Arran (journey time around 30 minutes).

Whether you're looking for an activity holiday, a golfing holiday or an island holiday brimming with heritage castles and fine whisky distilleries, Arran caters for all these holiday tastes and more. Enjoy a choice of first class golf courses on Arran ranging from the 18th hole Whiting Bay course to the Arran Driving range with a choice of indoor and outdoor bays. Save money and pick up great Arran Golf Passes!

Main centre Brodick offers an excellent choice of accommodation, restaurants, inns and amenities, with local attractions including Brodick Castle and a town museum. Head out to Lamlash, a pretty seaside resort just south of Brodick where you can pick up boat trips to off-shore Holy Island, a Buddhist retreat.

Don't miss a tour of Glenashdale Falls at Whiting Bay or a visit to the Isle of Arran Distillery in Lochranza.  Numerous heritage sites are scattered across the island including the great stone circles on Machrie Moor and that great hunting lodge of Scottish kings, the 14th Century Lochranza Castle.

Arran is an island to get active on, both in the interior and around the coast. A huge choice of activities are widely available on the island including sea kayaking, gorge walking, climbing, fishing, golf, mountain biking and hiking. A great time for outdoor enthusiasts to visit the island is during the annual Isle of Arran Mountain Festival in mid-May! Experience a flavour of the Highlands and Islands on beautiful Arran - book now with Iknow.

Accommodation on the Isle of Arran

  • Isle of Arran
    Sleeps 8
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    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 8
    Luxury self-catering cottage in Kildonan on Isle of Arran, 40 metres from seashore, Wheelchair access. Free Wi-Fi. Private off-road parking and cycle storage. Pets welcome
  • Isle of Arran
    Sleeps 2
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    Pretty 19th Century cottage retreat in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran perfect for couples with sea views, a double bedroom and attractive living space. Pets welcome. Sleeps 2.
  • Whiting Bay
    Sleeps 7
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    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 7
    Traditional Isle of Arran 4 bedroom cottage, with magnificent sea views & nearby amenities. Private gardens to the front & rear. Pet friendly. Perfect for families. Parking onsite.