The Isle of Arran

Known as Scotland in miniature owing to its mountainous north and lowland south the Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde, enabling it to combine a feeling of remoteness with easy accessibility from central Scotland. Arran offers visitors great variety, ranging from some of the best mountaineering and hill-walking to be found in Scotland, through other sporting activities such as fishing or golf, specialist interests such as ornithology and geology or for the less energetic simply exploring one of Scotland’s most beautiful and unspoilt islands. Brodick Castle and its gardens are a must for all visitors, as is the distillery at Lochranza with its Visitors' Centre which offers tours and the chance to sample the unique Arran Malt.


The island's main road follows the coast in its entirety, so whichever direction you take will bring you back to your starting point after 57 miles. The only other major road, the String, cuts across the middle of the island between Brodick and Blackwaterfoot. For visitors coming to the island without their own transport, bus services to all points of the island connect with ferries arriving at Brodick and more limited connections can be made at Lochranza. 

Getting Here

The island can be reached by either of 2 ferry crossings, both transporting foot passengers and vehicles. The larger boat sails from Ardrossan to the island port of Brodick, taking about 55 minutes. Advanced booking is essential. Further information and online booking is available from the ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne: or telephone: Tel: + 44 (0)8705 650000.

Good rail connections exist from Glasgow Central station to Ardrossan Harbour connecting with ferry crossings. Both Glasgow and Prestwick Airports are under an hour from Ardrossan by road or rail.

Regular crossings throughout the day in summer are made between Lochranza (north Arran) and Claonaig on the Kintyre peninsula for which advanced booking is not required. This “back-door” to and from the island provides access to the west highlands and the western isles.


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Douglas Hotel

Kildonan Hotel

Lochranza Hotel

Kinloch Hotel

Glenisle Hotel

Lamlash Bay Hotel


Useful numbers:

Police (non-emergency)  101

NHS24                               111

Hospital                             01770 600777

Dentist                               01770 601067

Doctor                                01770 600516

Caledonian MacBrayne    01770 460361

Places to visit:

Brodick Castle & Country Park

Arran Heritage Museum, Brodick

Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza

New distillery, Sliddery

Lochranza castle

King's cave, Tormore

Machrie stones

Auchangallon stones, Machrie

Glenashdale Falls, Whiting Bay

Eas Mor falls, Kildonan


Marvin Elliott, Sculptor, Corrie


Harbour shop, Blackwaterfoot

Old Byre Showroom, Machrie

Arran Aromatics, Home Farm, Brodick

Island Cheese, Home Farm, Brodick

Brodick Post Office

Book & Card Centre, Brodick

James' Chocolates, Brodick

Arran Active, Brodick

ArCas, Brodick Pier

Island Porcelain, Lamlash

Made in Arran, Lamlash


Swimming - Kinloch Hotel, Blackwaterfoot

                      Auchrannie Spa, Brodick

Golf -            Shiskine Golf Club

                     Machrie Bay Golf Club

                     Lochranza Golf

                     Corrie Golf Club

                     Brodick Golf Club

                     Lamlash Golf Club

                     Whiting Bay Club

Tennis -       Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club

                     Lamlash, end of village green 

Bowls -        Natural greens at Brodick,                                  Lamlash & Whiting Bay,

                     all-weather surface at Shiskine                        Golf & Tennis Club