Arran | Colin Nutt

About

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 spotting, golden eagles, seals, red deer, otters and red squirrels are all easily spotted on the island. Adventure activities such as guided walks, canyoning, kayaking, and cycling are all available, and Arran boasts attractions such as Brodick Castle, a museum, and three distilleries. Don't forget to check out the island's creative scene and then refuel with some excellent local produce.

Famous For

  • Arran’s microclimate is perfect for amazing local produce. Check out the island's whisky, gin, cheese, oatcakes, toiletries, beer, ice cream, chocolate, and preserves. All famous worldwide and ideal as a holiday present.

  • 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.

  • There are no less than 7 golf courses on the island, including the much sought after 12 hole course at Shiskine.

Ask an Islander

  • Arran’s community spirit is amazing. There are many super local events, where visitors will be very welcome, and you might enjoy some home baking too. Bigger events such as festivals, sports and Highland Games take place throughout the year.

  • If you don’t fancy swimming at one of our 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 or the Doctor’s Bath in Corrie: the pool is carved out of the sandstone on the shoreline so it’s tidal.

  • The island has abundant wildlife and birdlife, and amazing flora too. Because of the Gulf Stream you can see palm trees alongside snowcapped mountains in the winter. There are no foxes, moles, weasels or grey squirrels, but we do have rare white deer.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Visit Arran - where to stay

More Information

You can find some additional information about Arran at the links below

Visit Arran

The Arran Trust

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


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.

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.