Arran top tips:
- Seek out the ancient standing stones at Machrie
- Enjoy a dram - take a tour & sample The Arran Malt at Lochranza Distillery.
- Climb Goatfell - enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the West Coast from Arran's highest mountain.
- Arran Aromatics - watch the tolietries being made & pick up some bargain smellies at Arran Aromatics' factory & shop at Home Farm.
Things to see & do on Arran
Often described as Scotland in Miniature, Arran is bissected by the Highland Fault - a geological boundary dividing the rugged and mountainous north from the lusher lowlands of the south. This island offers something for everyone - challenging walks, cycling around the coast (or through the hills if you're brave enough), ancient monuments, wonderful wildlife and an intriguing smattering of traditional industries: Arran Aromatics, the Isle of Arran Brewery and the newly created Arran Distillery are all worthy of a visit. The Arran Heritage Museum in Brodick will give you the local history - or head out to Brodick Castle, an imposing sandstone structure cloaked in dark trees at the foot of brooding Goatfell. Further afield, the village of Lochranza features the picturesque ruins of a 14th century castle and the relatively new Arran Distillery, whilst Kildonan Castle on the south coast offers views as far as the Mull of Kintyre.
Travelling to & around Arran
There are regular ferry services from Ardrossan & Claonaig.