Isle Of Arran Travel Guide

Isle of Arran © Robert J Heath

Located close to Scotland's Ayrshire coast and Glasgow, Arran's picturesque villages dot the coastline against a backdrop of rugged mountains, green rolling hills and woodlands, attracting both travellers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of life in the big city and those wanting an adventurous holiday in the great outdoors. Though many tourists come here to visit the world-famous Arran Distillery to sample the single malt whisky, they will be surprised at the amount of other activities Arran has to offer. There really is quite literally something for everyone on the Isle of Arran.

Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and, like many of its neighbouring islands, there is prehistoric evidence of continuous habitation since the early Neolithic period. Archaeological sites such as Ossian's Mound, near Clachaig, and a cairn near Blackwaterfoot, have yielded ancient treasures providing a tantalising glimpse into the rich history of this region, while the six stone circles at Machrie Moor date back as far as the Neolithic period. Other popular attractions include Brodick Castle, which was previously a seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, and the 14th-century Lochranza Castle, which was once used as a hunting lodge for Scottish kings.

Meanwhile, the great outdoors always beckons on Arran, where walking, quad biking, cycling, golfing and trout fishing opportunities aplenty. With everything from salmon and venison to chocolate and beer, the Isle of Arran also attracts 'foodies' and is earning an international name for itself thanks to its high quality local produce.

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