The Isle of Arran
The Isle of Arran is Scotland’s most southerly and accessible island. Only a 55 minute ferry crossing from Ardrossan in Ayrshire.
The scenery is outstanding with rugged granite mountain peaks in the north, the green rolling hills of the south, beautiful villages and dramatic, ever changing coastal views around every corner. The island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with outstanding wildlife, geology and history.
The arts are popular too – including painting, jewellery and photography on display and for sale. Music is celebrated, the island has its own folk club and there are regular ceilidhs and concerts. Similarly, the island offers a wide range of sporting activities including golf, shooting, watersports. Arran is a culture of contrasts: tranquil landscapes and energetic activities, entertainment, luxury and relaxation.
The official tourist body for the island is Visit Arran, who are located at the tourist office at Brodick pier. Visit them online by clicking on the logo below or why not pop in and see them to find out more about what’s happening on the island all year round.
Walking / Hillwalking
Arran offers a plethora of walks for ages and abilities. Glen Sannox, Glen Rosa and Glen Catacoll offer hill climbing opportunities for the serious enthusiast whilst the beautiful coastline and countryside provides beautiful scenery for short walks.
The Arran Angling Association rents 9 island rivers for the use of both residents and visitors. These are: The Chalmadale in Lochranza, Sannox and North Sannox The Cloy in Brodick The Benlister and Monamore burns in Lamlash The Ashdale in Whiting Bay The Kilmory The Sliddery.
Boating / Sailing
Boating on the Clyde Estuary offers some spectacular views and extensive wildlife spotting opportunituies. High mountains drop off into deep fjords, with islands and sheltered fishing ports providing excellent stop off points as you journey around Arran and The Clyde.
Arran Bike Club Arran is one of the few mtb venues which hasn’t been designed and built with the usual man made, all weather colour coded routes found at most mtb Trail Centres. Instead, Arran has an abundance of paths, tracks and trails which have evolved over many years of varied use, making for an exciting mix of challenging trails, easier tracks, and technical singletrack. We’ve created many varied routes from this existing network and added in our own Arran style singletrack to link together loops where required. www.arranbikeclub.com
Cairnhouse Riding Centre Riding and trekking for novice and experienced riders at our premises. Hourly treks in the mornings with afternoon hack for experienced riders commencing most days at 2.00pm. Age limit – no children under 5, Bookings preferred. Tel: 01770 860466
North Sannox Pony Trekking Centre
Total beginners welcome. Treks suitable for age 5 upwards. Short pony rides available by arrangement for ages 3 – 5 1 or 2 hour treks through scenic countryside, Rarely on the main road. Approximate weight limit 16 stone. Bookings preferred, Open all year. Closed Sundays. Tel: 01770 810222
Brodick Castle and Country Park is unique in being the only island country park in Britain. The Castle offers 600 years of history, a fabulous collection of valuable artefacts, and stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Ayrshire Coast. The Castle Gardens provide an unrivalled experience from the formal walled garden to its woodland walks. Brodick holds three national collections of rhododendron that flower in almost every month of the year. The Park extends from seashore to mountain top with over ten miles of way-marked trails and abundant wildlife. With its backdrop of mountain peaks, its terraced lawns and luxuriant gardens, Brodick Castle and Country Park is the very image of a Victorian ‘Highland’ estate.Opening times Country Park: all year, daily 9.30-sunset.
Lochranza Castle is located about 15 miles north of Brodick, the capital of the Isle of Arran. Once a hunting lodge of the Scottish Kings, this 14th century castle is now in ruins, but is nonetheless picturesque. Lochranza, on the northern tip of Arran is overlooked on several sides by hills where you may see deer. A small vehicle ferry takes you from here over to Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsula on the mainland opposite.
With seven stunning golf courses available to locals and visitors on the Isle of Arran. We’re confident you can find a course to suit your needs, detailed information is available at www.golfonarran.com . The Arran Golf Pass entitles the bearer to one round of golf on each of Arran’s seven golf courses for the amazing price of £99. Simply book your tee-time in advance by phone or online, turn up and play! The Arran Golf Pass offers great value compared to the costs of paying to play each of the courses individually. www.arrangolfpass.com
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