TUK South Scotland Isle of Arran Church Flickr jawcey he Isle of Arran (pop 5,060) is the 7th largest Scottish island, which is a popular day tripping destination amongst the locals from Glasgow. This ancient island dates back to the Neolithic period and was under the Norwegian crown (under the name of Herrey) during the Viking Age, before it was annexed to the Scotland Kingdom in the 13th century.  The mountainous landscape and pretty villages have earned the island nicknames like “geologists’ paradise” and “Scotland in Miniature”. Hence, it is visited by  many eco tourists who spend their time exploring the island on foot or bicycle, facilitated by Arran’s gentle coastal roads. The island’s rich natural landscape is also home to interesting wildlife.

The Isle of Arran can be accessed from Brodick (the main port of call) via ferry and is encircled by coastal roads. It spans north to south with the villages of Lochranza (north) and Laga and Kildoman (south). Its capital, the village of Lamlash is located at its southeast. Little islets all around also surround the Isle of Arran.


UK South Scotland Isle of Arran Lochranza Castle at Sunset on the, ScotlandThe village of Lochranza is located at the northern end of the Isle of Locranza. This serene little village is home to just about 200 people, who live among interesting wildlife such as the red deer, grey seals and golden eagles. The picturesque environment is the village’s main draw. In fact, the village has been described in one of Sir Walter Scott’s poems as having “Thin wreaths of cottage smoke are upward curl'd” and “circling mountains sever from the world”. However, some visitors also pop by to sight the ancient ruins of the Lochranza Castle – a 13th century castle that has been run down so much that just a vault and 2 towers remain. The village’s more modern sight is located at the Arran Distillers [+44 177 0830264 ]-a pretty distillery that is known for its malt whiskey. Tours of the distillery are available daily, 10.30am onwards.


UK South Scotland Isle of Arran Goatfell Flickr fireball45Goatfell (literally 'Goat Mountain') is one of the highest peaks in the Isle of Arran. The Goatfell mount (known as a “Corbett” is Scotland, due to its height), is located at the northeast part of the Isle of Arran, close to Brodick- making it easily accessible. Surrounded by moorland and rich forestry, the Goatfell Corbett is also located close to the Brodick castle.










TUK South Scotland Machrie Moor standing stone Flickr jawceyhe Machrie Moor Stone Circle is perhaps one of the best known stone structures in Scotland. Located on the western end of the Isle of Arran, this stone circle is estimated to have been from the Neolithic era or early Bronze Age. It is also believed that this mysterious circle was used as for ancient rituals.









UK Central Scotland brodick castleThe town of Brodick (meaning “Broad Bay” in Old Norse, pop 621) is located on the eastern end of the Isle of Arran. The town functions as the main port of call for all visitors to the island, as the only ferry connection to the mainland is located here. The town is wholly dedicated to welcoming visitors and hence, it is well-spotted with pretty bed and breakfasts, cafes and restaurants.

The main sight in town is the dusky-red Brodick Castle [+44 4932152 ad/ch €11/8]. Standing against a stunning backdrop that features the seafront, the tall Goatfell mount and dense woodlands; the Brodick Castle occupies a defensive site that dates back to the 5th century. The building evolved from a humble fortress to a full fledged castle, due to its strategic location that called for its participation in important events such as the Wars of Independence in the 13th century. Heavy reconstructions works were carried only in the 15th century, when the castle fell in the hands of the Hamilton family. The Dukes of Hamilton maintained this national monument for five centuries before giving it up to the state in 1958. Today, the Brodick Castle stands as a reminder of Scotland’s rich history (it can even be found on the back of the Scottish 20 pound note), inviting visitors to sight its comprehensive collection of antiquities that date back to the 10th century. The castle also houses a beautiful Walled Garden that sheathes the unique rhododendron flowers.


UK South Scotland Isle of Arran Yachts Flickr jawceyLamlash (pop 1,100) is the largest village in the Isle of Arran, located just a few kilometres south of Brodick. The village is also the administrative headquarters of the island. Home to wide, green expanses and rows of identical white-washed houses, the village of Lamlash is best known for its beachfront resort.







UK South Scotland Isle of Arran Holy Island Flickr jawceyHoly Island is located across the Lamlash Bay. This serene island is owned by the Tibetian Buddhists, who run a Peace Centre [] here with the intention of offering visitors a spiritual break. In fact, this tranquil island is believed to have been a spiritual centre since the 6th century.







UK South Scotland Isle of Arran Kildonan CastleKildonan is located at the southern end of the Isle of Arran.  Although this mainly rural vill age houses nothing spectacular; it offers great waterfront walks along its rocky, coastal path during which you can sight the ruins of the ivy-clad Kildonan Castle. 


The tiny village of Lagg (at the southern end of the Isle of Arran) is a quaint place that is perhaps best known for its forest footpaths that lead into the wooded valleys which surround it.