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Discover the Isle of Arran

A guide to the stunning Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and is the seventh largest island in Scotland.

With its rugged coastline, dramatic mountain peaks, impeccable beaches, lush forests, cultural festivals and tasty local produce, what more could you want from this idyllic island?

Getting to the Isle of Arran

From our ferry port in Newcastle take the A69 to Carlisle, then the M6 north and continue on to the A74(M). At J12 take the A70 and continue onto the A76, A71 and then the A78 to Ardrossan Harbour where you can catch the car ferry to Arran. Ferry services are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne.

Things to do

If you love the great outdoors, then you’re sure to fall in love with the Isle of Arran. It is a true haven for outdoor enthusiasts with outstanding wildlife, flora, geology, archaeology and history, all packaged in a compact and accessible destination. Travel distances are short, so most attractions are within a 30 minute drive.

A powerboat trip offers great thrills and is a unique way to get close to marine wildlife such as seals, sharks, whales and dolphins. Other available outdoor activities include gorge scrambling, mountain biking, archery, climbing, sailing, sea kayaking, and paragliding.

What to see

The fascinating Bronze Age remnants of the Machrie Moor Stone Circles on the west coast of the island are definitely worth exploring.

A tour of the Arran Distillery provides the opportunity to discover the secrets behind the distilling process before sampling a dram of malt whiskey or the creamy liqueur Arran Gold.

Brodick is the largest village on the island and is home to the great Brodick Castle, Gardens and Country Park, which is the only island country park in Britain. There you can see many different flowers on show, including an internationally acclaimed collection of rhododendrons.