Isle of Arran

Arran Highlands, Scotland

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.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.