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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.     

Isle of Arran
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. 

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.   

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.

Isle of Arran hotels selected by eGuide

Glenisle Hotel Glenisle Hotel

In the beautiful village of Lamlash on the Isle of Arran, this traditional Scottish hotel looks directly across the sea to Holy Island. Glenisle Hotel has a walled garden that also faces the sea and is an ideal spot to relax with a drink and enjoy the view.
Belvedere Belvedere

Belvedere Guest House offer comfortable, relaxed accommodation from an elevated position. Enjoy a wonderful view across Brodick Bay towards Goat Fell. The private guest house has an in-house clinical aromatherapist, hypnotherapist, reflexologist and Reiki master. Optional one-to-one personal exploration in complete confidence can be made available. The Belvedere serves quality cuisine and can cater for vegetarians.





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