Things To See & Do
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.
Travelling To & Around
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.