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Mountainous isle with castles, lochs and beautiful heather moorlands

Isle of Arran

With its very own highlands and lowlands, the Isle of Arran is peppered with peaks and pooled with lochs. Take a trip to the majestic Machrie Moor standing stones, Brodick Castle or the Arran Distillery for a taste of Arran’s water of life. Whether it’s an action-packed holiday or a relaxing getaway break you are looking for, Arran has it all.

One of the most southerly Scottish islands, Arran is located in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. It’s 19 miles long by 10 miles wide, and has a diverse array of habitats and seascapes. The interior is mountainous and jagged towards the northern end of the island, and full of woodlands and rolling hills to the south. Arran offers amazing days out and about, wandering around sea lochs, visiting the castle on the spit at Lochranza, or seal spotting in the bays.

Isle of Arran coast

Whether you’re looking to get away from it all or have an action-packed break, there is something here for everyone. At the most northerly point of the island are the ruins of Lochranza Castle. Once thought to be a 16th century country house, recent excavations have confirmed it to be a rare example of a 1200-1330s hall-house. It enjoys a remote spot along a spit of land with grand views across the loch.

Castle hunters can also spend time exploring Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park, which is the UK’s only island country park. This Victorian Highland estate is the perfect family day out; the grounds are full of woodland trails, wildlife ponds and waterfalls to get lost in, and the eagle-eyed amongst you will recognise the castle, as it is featured on the reverse of the Royal Bank of Scotland issued £20 note.

“Isle of Arran is one of the most southerly and best known of Scotland’s islands…”

Visitors young and old will love the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, which is found inside a former village school, where the exhibits reflect the social history, archaeology and geology of the island. Adults can pursue an interest whilst children can enjoy the many hands-on exhibits or play with toys in the play hut, or have fun sitting on a big red tractor. Light snacks and lunches can be bought from the nearby Café Rosaburn.

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While you’re there

Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

Discover the bygone years of life on the Isle of Arran, through old photographs and fantastic displays.

Lochranza Castle

A medieval tower house on the shores of Loch Ranza

Brodie Castle

Celebrate the legacy of Clan Brodie, one of the most ancient clans in Scotland.

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