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Often described as Scotland in Miniature, Arran is bisected by the Highland Fault...
…a geological boundary dividing the rugged and mountainous north from the lusher lowlands of the south.
Seek out the Bronze Age standing stones at Machrie.
Enjoy a dram - take a tour and sample The Arran Malt at the island's distillery in Lochranza on the west coast.
Climb Goatfell - enjoy spectacular 360-degree views from Arran's highest mountain - or just admire it from down below!
Visit Arran Aromatics - watch the toiletries being made and pick up some bargain smellies at the shop on the outskirts of Brodick.
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This island really does offer 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 modern 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, whilst Kildonan Castle on the south coast offers views as far as the Mull of Kintyre and is a great place to seal-spot.
There are regular ferry services from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast, and from the tiny harbour at Claonaig on the Kintyre peninsula.
The island is easily accessible from Glasgow by car, as well as by train, and Brodick is an excellent choice for a car-free stay.
It also combines well with other islands such as Islay and Gigha, as well as with the unspoilt Kintyre peninsula.