Arran | Colin Nutt

Island intro

Known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, Arran boasts stunning granite peaks in the north of the island, separated from the lush undulating pastures of the south by the Highland Fault Line. A haven for wildlife, with golden eagles, seals, red deer, otters and red squirrels all easily spotted on the island, Arran also boasts a wealth of history and plenty of local produce to discover.

Ask an Islander

We asked locals in Arran to tell us why their island is special. Here’s what they said:

Adventure activities such as guided walks, canyoning, kayaking, and cycling are all available, and Arran boasts attractions such as a museum, and three distilleries. The island is steeped in heritage from the popular Brodick Castle to sites such as King’s Cave and Machrie Moor Stone Circles on the west of the island, or Carn Ban, a chambered cairn in the south Arran forest.

Don’t forget to check out the island’s creative scene and then refuel with some excellent local produce. Arran’s microclimate is perfect for amazing local produce. Check out the island’s whisky, gin, cheese, oatcakes, beer, ice cream, chocolate, and preserves.

If golf is your thing, Arran is a fantastic place to experience some island courses. There are no less than seven golf courses on the island, including the much sought after 12 hole course at Shiskine.

Arran has an amazing community spirit and lots of super-local events which welcome visitors too – and you might enjoy some home baking too! Bigger events such as festivals, sports and Highland Games take place throughout the year so there’s always something going on.

Wild swimming is becoming more and more popular across the country, and Arran has some excellent swim spots. If you don’t fancy swimming at one of Arran’s amazing beaches, take a trip to Coire Fion Lochan, Loch Tanna or the Blue Pools in Glen Rosa for a dip. Or try out the Doctor’s Bath in Corrie. This incredible tidal pool is carved out of the sandstone on the shoreline and enjoys some spectacular views out to sea.

The island has abundant wildlife and birdlife, and amazing flora too. Because of the Gulf Stream that passes through the island keeping it relatively temperate, you can see palm trees alongside snowcapped mountains in the winter. There are no foxes, moles, weasels or grey squirrels, but there are rare white deer.

Gaelic / Gàidhlig

The Gaelic name for Arran is Eilean Arainn.

Want to say ‘good afternoon’ to someone in Gaelic? That’s ‘feasgar math‘!

Getting Here

CalMac Ferries runs several sailings a day between Brodick on Arran and Ardrossan on the mainland year round, and between Lochranza on Arran and Claonaig during summer months.

There is also a return sailing between Lochranza and Tarbert that runs once a day during winter months.

Explore More

Want to find out more about Arran and explore more of our amazing islands?

Download the free Scottish Islands Passport app to:

  • discover your perfect island match,
  • find out about the experiences each island has to offer,
  • collect passport stamps for the islands you visit,
  • find information on accommodation, travel and island amenities.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.