Isle Of Arran Travel Guide
Isle of Arran © gingiber
Located close to Scotland's Ayrshire coast and Glasgow, Arran's
picturesque villages dot the coastline where rugged mountains
juxtapose the 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
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.
Brodick Castle is one of Arran's main tourist attractions, and was previously a seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, while the 14th-century Lochranza Castle was once used as a hunting lodge for Scottish kings. Though many tourists come here to visit the world-famous Arran Distillery to sample the single malt whisky in its home, 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.
Whisky tasting aside, other attractions and activities to enjoy on the Isle of Arran include gardens, museums and heritage centres, while the great outdoors beckons to even the most hardened city-slicker with lush rolling green hills, plenty of walks, quad biking, cycling trails, fantastic golfing and some great trout fishing. 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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