Isle of Arran
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Isle of Arran


One of the most southerly islands in Scotland, the Isle of Arran sits between Ayrshire and Kintyre in the Firth of Clyde, and is easily accessible by two ferry routes. Despite being just 19 miles long and 10 miles wide, the Isle of Arran is a rather diverse island with an abundance of breathtaking landscapes.

The Isle of Arran is so varied that there is something for everyone from the rugged coast and mountains of the north to the rolling countryside and woodland in the south. The surroundings make the perfect setting for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities, while animal lovers will appreciate nature spotting from roe deer and otters to basking sharks and seals.

Isle of Arran UK

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When visiting the Isle of Arran you’ll typically land in the main village of Brodick with its beautiful promenade that overlooks the bay and has plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops. Exploring Brodick you’ll find beautiful views across the island, although always dominated by Goatfell, which is the island’s highest peak. Brodick Castle is an amazing red sandstone stately building surrounded by gardens, overlook by Goatfell and fronted by the bay.

In the south of the island is Lamlash that sits on a bay in which the Buddhist-owned Holy Isle is situated. You’ll find regular ferry services from Lamlash which makes it very accessible, while sailing and boating trips are one of the most popular activities in the village.

Isle of Arran in UK

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If you’re looking to sample some history of the Isle of Arran you’ll find some amazing sights in Whiting Bay like the burial mound at King Cross, while there you should also take in the amazing walks to Glenashdale falls or Giants Grave. Kildonan Castle in the village of Kildonan is worth a visit as is the Pladda lighthouse and nature lovers will be amazed by the basking seals on the shores of Plassa island. The village of Machrie is home to artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age, as well as hut circles and standing stones that can be found on Machrie Moor, while there are also castle ruins in the southern part of Lochranza village.

Golfing enthusiasts will be surprised to learn that there are great golf courses on the Isle of Arran including one of Europe’s two 12 hole golf courses in Blackwaterfoot, while the golf course in Whiting Bay has amazing views over the bay.

Date posted: 28th April, 2017

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