Isle of Arran

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Arran is arguably the most scenic island off the coast of the Scottish mainland. The Island has a number of fine beaches and rugged mountains up to 2,866 ft, many with knife edge ridges.

The island is situated about 14 miles west of Ardrossan on the southwest coast of Scotland. Ardrossan Train Station is situated about half of a mile southeast of the ferry port. Prestwick Airport is situated about 16 miles south, and Glasgow Airport about 25 miles northeast.

The main car/passenger ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick on Arran is the Caledonian Isles with a restaurant and bar on board. There is a smaller ferry that also runs throughout the summer named the Isle of Arran with a restaurant and coffee bar on board.

The Isle of Arran is about 56 miles around following the coastal road. There is also an 11 mile road that runs over the mountains between Brodick on the east side and Blackwaterfoot on the west side, known as The String.

There is a small ferry that runs from Lochranza on the north side of Arran, 14 miles north of Brodick, to Claonaig on the Mull of Kintyre, 27 miles north of Campbeltown, 60 miles south of Oban.

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Right is a view of the Caledonian McBryane ferry Caledonian Isles that runs between Ardrossan/Ayrshire and Brodick/Isle of Arran. The crossing takes about 55 minutes with prices being about £11 return per passenger and £70 return per car. Price checks and timetables can be found at the ferry website www.calmac.co.uk/destinations/arran.

There are about 5 crossings each way per day. Bookings and enquiries by phone call 0800 066 5000. There is a large inexpensive car park at Ardrossan Pier, as seen right, if you want to leave your car there.

Car hire on the Island from about £35 per day can be made from Bay Garage based at Brodick Pier, phone 01770 302 839.

Bay Garrage also offer up to 8 seat mini buses for Hiking Parties, Golf Parties, or Island Tours. For more information, call George on Mob: 07967 587 481 or Day: 01770 700 345 or Evening: 01770 820 286.

Arran Coaches offer a 16 seat Minibus for transport and tours. Contact David Drummond Tel: 01770 700333 Mob: 07979 406672.

Caledonian Isles arriving at Ardrossan

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Larger Ferry main times departing Ardrossan are:
07.00 . 09.45 . 12.30 . 15.15 . & 18.00 .


Brodick on the Isle of Arran
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Left is a view of Brodick as the ferry is preparing to dock. Brodick is the largest town on Arran with about 6 hotels and a Spa Resort. There are also many B&Bs and self contained apartments in Brodick. Most of the hotels and shops are situated on Shore Road, Brodick’s main street that runs from the pier to the par 64/4736 yard Brodick Golf Club.

The most used part of Brodick Beach is at the north end of Shore Road.

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Arran Adventure Company for Kayaking and other activities at Brodick.


Right is a view of Brodick Pier with the Terminal building and Bus Station. There is also a large Tourist Information Centre at the pier.

There are regular service buses that run around the island with day tickets about £5, or week tickets for about £28, buy the tickets on the bus and use the buses when you want. Buses are timed to run 10 minutes after a ferry has docked, to the villages north and south, apart from the early morning ferry. Main bus times departing Brodick north and south are about 10:55 . 13:40 . 16:20 . 19:05. If buses do not suit, you can contact ARC Private Hire at Brodick: Tel: 0777 608 2752.

In summer, there is also an Open Top Bus that runs between Brodick Pier and Brodick Castle to the north, and Lamlash and Whiting Bay to the south, also a tour around the north of the island.
www.stagecoachbus.com/Arran2010.aspx

Brodick Pier
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Auchrannie Spa Resort Arran

The Auchrannie House Hotel, Lodges and Spa Resort are situated on the north side of Brodick, about 1 mile from the pier.

The Spa Resort has a number of restaurants, swimming and other indoor activities.

Outdoor activities include mountain biking, gorge walking, kayaking, archery and much more, for individuals, couples, families and groups.

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The Isle of Arran Heritage Museum is situated to the north of Brodick, only about 1 mile north of the pier.

Originally the site of a small school, the present group of buildings were a croft and smiddy, and include a farmhouse, cottage, bothy, milk house, laundry, stable, coach house and harness room. The exhibits reflect the social history, archaeology and geology of the island.

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Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

Arran Aromatics & Arran Cheese Shop

Arran Aromatics, Arran Cheese Shop and Creelers Restaurant, are situated about one and a half miles north of Brodick.

All Arran Aromatics toiletries and candles are made on the island, using the finest, most natural ingredients available.

View the websites for the Creeler's Restaurant and the Arran Cheese Shop.

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About 2 miles north of Brodick is the Cladach Visitor Centre.

At Cladach there is the Wineport Bistro & Cafe, MacKenzie Leather, Arran Activity Outdoor Shop, Cladach Pottery and the Arran Brewery.

The main trail for Goatfell Mountain begins here. There is a car park across the road at the bus stop for hikers. Goatfell Hike Images.

Websites: www.mackenzieleather.co.uk . www.arranbrewery.com .

www.arranactive.co.uk . arranpottery.co.uk . www.wineport.co.uk .

Cladach Visitor Centre
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Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle and Country Estate are situated just over 2 miles north of Brodick. The Country Park is open to the public all year round from 09.00 until sunset. The Castle is open for tours from the 1st April to the the 31st October.

The earliest part of Brodick Castle (the tower) was built for the Hamilton’s (Earls of Arran) in 1588.

www.nts.org.uk/Property/Brodick-Castle-Garden-Country-Park

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Six miles north of Brodick is the small coastal village of Corrie.

The village has a small harbour on the south side with boating tie ups painted like sheep. There is also a seal sculpture on a rock at the harbour, that at first glance, looks like the real thing.

The Corrie Hotel is situated about half of a mile north of the harbour with a large beer garden overlooking the bay.

Rising above the village of Corrie are mountains up to 2,866 ft. The Well marked Corrie Trails to Goat Fell and North Goat Fell start at the south side of the village named High Corrie. Hiking Map.

www.corriesannox.co.uk . Map . Corrie Shoreline Image .

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Corrie Village Isle of Arran
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Sannox Bay

The very small coastal village of Sannox, that is mainly a few cottages alongside Sannox Bay, is situated just over seven miles north of Brodick.

Sannox Bay is a tranquil place with only ever a few people using the scenic shoreline. The bay is overlooked by the Sannox Bay Hotel with its beer garden having the best views.

There are walking trails from Sannox to Lochranza on the north of the island, one round the coast, and one coastal then over the hills.

There is a Pony Trekking Centre about 1 mile north of Sannox.

www.corriesannox.co.uk . Map . Large Image . Sannox Bay Hotel Image

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The Corrie Golf Club and Tearoom are situated about 8 miles north of Brodick, on the north side of Sannox.

This is a short course of 3,220 yards, par 62 with amazing views. Mountians up to 2,800 feet are all around.

The Glen Sannox hiking trail starts from a signed car park on the north side of Sannox, just south of the Corrie Golf Club. The trail runs out to the foot of Goat Fell mountain up this glen seen right. You can also cross the lowest point at Goat Fell and go down Glen Rosa to Brodick, the lowest point being the 1,400ft Saddle. Hiking Map.

corriegolf.com . Map . Reviews . Large Image . Tearoom Image .

Corrie Golf Club

North Glen Sannox

North Glen Sannox has a car park about 9 miles north of Brodick, normally used for the well marked trail into the mountains to waterfalls.

You can also use this trail to get onto the second highest, and most dangerous mountain on Arran, the 2,818 ft Caisteal Abhail.

If you want to do the loup around the top of this mountain range, it may be best to use a local guide your first time.

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The Arran Whisky Distillery and Visitor Centre is situated by the village of Lochranza about 13 miles northwest of Brodick.

Our Visitor Centre, which was opened in 1997 by Her Majesty the Queen, is built next to the Distillery in stunningly beautiful surroundings at Lochranza. We offer fully guided tours, an audio visual presentation set in a mock eighteenth century Smuggler's Inn, an exhibition, shop and restaurant.

www.arranwhisky.com . Map . Reviews . Large Image .

Arran Whisky Distillery

Lochranza Caravan and Camping Site

The Lochranza Caravan and Camping Site is situated by Lochranza 14 miles northwest of Brodick.

This is a quiet site at the head of the loch surrounded by glorious mountain scenery with a tea room and restaurant.

Part of the Camp Site is the Lochranza Golf Course. The golf course setting is a delight, stretching from the head of the glen to the sea, with views out to Lochranza Castle and Kintyre.

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Lochranza village is situated about 14 miles northwest of Brodick. The road up takes you through the scenic Glen Chalmadale.

The ruins of Lochranza Castle, as seen right, are situated near the centre of the village. The earliest parts of the castle were built in the mid 1200s for the MacSweens. Close to the castle is the Lochranza Hotel with views across the bay towards Kintyre.

Lochranza is one of the most scenic villages in Scotland, surrounded by mountains and a sweeping bay.

There is a ferry terminal close to the hotel that allows crossings to the small village of Claonaig, 27 miles north of Campbeltown, 60 miles south of Oban on the peninsular of Kyntyre. The small car ferry makes up to ten crossings a day. You just queue up and wait your turn, no bookings allowed.

Lochranza

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Machrie Moor Standing Stones

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Going down the west side of Arran, 2 miles from Lochranza, you pass Catacol which is a row of cottages with the Catacol Bay Hotel.

Thirteen miles southwest of Lochranza, is the area of Machrie with a few cottages and the Machrie Bay Golf Course, Tennis & Tearoom.

About 1 mile south of the Machrie Golf Course, is a well signed car park for the trail to the Machrie Moor Standing Stones.

The easy to follow wide trail is about half of a mile out to the first of the standing stones, then about another mile from there out to the largest stones, as seen left, said to be of the Neolithic period and the early Bronze Age, dating back up to 4,500 years ago.


Just over one and a half miles south of the Machrie Bay Golf Course, you will see a car park next to the road with signs for the trail to the Kings Caves. There is a large notice board in the car park showing the trails to the caves.

One of the caves is where King Robert the Bruce encountered the spider that inspired him to continue his battle for Scottish independence in the 1300s.

It is about a one and a half mile trek from the car park to the caves, with the south trail following a woodland path. The north trail goes around the trees, so has clearer views. Both trails are about the same distance. Many walkers go out one and back the other.

Kings Caves Photo Tour .

Kings Cave Isle of Arran

Blackwaterfoot

The village of Blackwaterfoot is situated about 5 miles south of Mackrie. There is also an 11 mile road across the mountains to Brodick, named The String.

Blackwaterfoot has a popular beach and the Cairnhouse Stables for pony trekking.

The most notable building in the village is the large Kinloch Hotel and Restaurant, as seen left.

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The Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club is situated on the north side of Blackwaterfoot.

The Shiskine Golf Course is one of the finest courses on a Scottish island.

There is also a walking trail through the course, round a hill, and along the beach to the Kings Caves, about 2 miles out.

www.shiskinegolf.com . Reviews . Large Image across the course .

Kings Caves Photo Tour from Blackwaterfoot .

Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club

Lagg Hotel Arran

About 7 miles south of Blackwaterfoot, are the really small villages of Lagg and Kilmory, next to each other.

The main building in the villages is the Lagg Hotel & Restaurant, as seen left, and the main attraction in the area is the Torrylin Cairn.

The good path to the cairn is well signposted from the Kilmory Post Office, 50 yards from the Lagg Hotel, to the right in this image. The trek is under half of a mile out to the cairn. If you are driving, the car park for the hike is at the Kilmory Public Hall, about 200 yards south of the Lagg Hotel. There is also a trail from the Kilmory Public Hall now that joins the trail from the Post Office a couple of hundred yards out.

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About 2 miles south of Lagg, 15 miles southwest of Brodick, on the south side of Arran, is Bennan Head Beach and Cliffs.

The beach is one of the best on Arran and is normally peaceful due to its location. There is only one hotel, one camp site, and a number of cottages along the south side of Arran.

The Black Cave of Bennan Head is a popular attraction that can be visited when there is a low tide, or by canoe or boat.

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Bennan Head Beach and Cliffs Arran

Isle of Pladda

From the south side of Arran, you get great views of the Isle of Pladda, under 1 mile off shore, and the Isle of Aisla Craig about 9 miles south.

Pladda is an uninhabited island with an automated lighthouse of the same name. The island is now privately owned after being sold by Arran Estate in the 1990s.

The Arran Adventure Company runs Kayaking trips to Pladda.

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About 2 miles east of Bennan Head, 12 miles southwest of Brodick, is the area named Kildonan.

Kildonan is a few cottages and houses here and there with a Camp Site and Hotel.

The Kildonan Hotel is situated right next to the beach, where you can at times watch the seals. The hotel does bar lunches, has a restaurant, a shop and has entertainment some nights.

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Kildonan Hotel Arran

Seal Shore Camping & Touring Site

Next to the Kildonan Hotel, on the south coast of Arran, is the Seal Shore Camping & Touring Site.

From your pitch on our beautiful family site beside our own private beach, you will be afforded unsurpassed views. From our closest neighbour, Pladda island with its lighthouse, to the coast of Northern Ireland.

Seal Shore Camping & Touring Site . Map . Reviews . Large Image .


Whiting Bay is situated about 8 miles south of Brodick.

This is a quiet, scenic small town that hugs the shoreline. There is one hotel, a few B&Bs, many self catering properties, Whiting Bay Golf Club, and putting green by the beach.

There is also the really impressive walk to the Glenashdale Falls and Giants' Grave from the south side of the village. The walk out to the falls and back round past the graves, is about 3 miles altogether.

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Whiting Bay

Lamlash

Lamlash is situated 4 miles south of Brodick.

Lamlash is a fairly lively village as there is a small ferry that runs from the pier to the Holy Isle all day throughout the summer, and fast boat tours also depart from the pier. Boat Tours Website.

The Arran Outdoor Education Centre is based at Lamlash offering a range of activities on land and sea.

The pier area also attracts a number of kids in their canoes and boats.

Lamlash has two hotels, an inn with a beer garden, tennis courts, bowling green, putting green, golf course and sea fishing can be booked from the Holy Isle Ferry office, phone numbers below.

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The Holy Isle lies one mile off the Arran coast at Lamlash. Previously the site of an early Christian monastery, it is now the home of a Buddhist Retreat. In 1263, before the Battle of Largs, the Norse king Haakon anchored his fleet in Lamlash Bay. The cave of Saint Molaise on the island has Viking inscriptions which may have been made by sailors at that time.

A small ferry departs Lamlash Pier on the hour throughout the summer, when the weather and tides are suitable. The last ferry back is about 17.00. Tel: Tom Sheldon on 01770 600 998 or Jim on 01770 700 463.

The steep hike over, or level walk around the island, are extremely popular with well marked trails.

www.holyisland.org . Map . Holy Isle Hike Guide . Large Image .

Holy Isle Arran

Lamlash Golf Club

Lamlash Golf Club is situated on the north side of Lamlash, about 3 miles south of Brodick.

Lamlash Golf Club is a delightful 18 hole golf course offering a serious challenge for golfers of all abilities.

www.lamlashgolfclub.com . Map . Reviews .

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I have visited the Island about 5 days now to view most of the main attractions. Will need a few more days to complete most of the hiking routes.

The tour around the Isle of Arran is about 56 miles. Some useful Links:

Arran Adventure Company . Arran Outdoor Education Centre . Local Hiking/Walking Guides . Fast Boat Tours . All Arran Golf Courses .

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