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Isle of Arran: Scotland in Miniature

By Anita Draycott

The Isle of Arran is known as ‘Scotland in miniature’ and for good reason. The beautiful rugged coastline is complemented with picture book villages. The mountainous ranges in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south provide a landscape to suit every taste.

The island is packed with things to see and do from exploring its castles and standing stones to an abundance of wildlife that can be seen while taking a coastal stroll. All this discovering will give you a hearty appetite and Arran has plenty of local produce to chose from and aromatic pleasures to indulge your senses... all this and more condensed on one little island.

Lochranza  Distillery

Lochranza, Isle of Arran

The Arran Distillery is the only Scottish Distillery with a Cask Owners scheme. Anyone can join and purchase their own cask which will then be named and stored in Lochranza. Many celebrities have taken that opportunity.  The Visitor Centre, which was opened in 1997 by Her Majesty the Queen, is built next to the Distillery in stunningly beautiful surroundings at Lochranza.

T: +44 (0)1770 830264

www.arranwhisky.com

Brodick Castle and Country Park

Isle of Arran, Brodick, North Ayrshire

A visit to Arran is not complete without exploring Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park - a perfect combination of heritage, nature and relaxation. The quintessential Victorian Highland estate, Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park on the Isle of Arran is the perfect place for a family day out. Dramatically set against the backdrop of Goat Fell Mountain, the grand castle has stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde. The grounds and surroundings are worthy of a visit alone – from the landscaped gardens to the woodland trails, wildlife ponds and waterfalls, there’s plenty to explore outdoors in Britain’s only island country park. Brodick Castle is packed full of treasures too – it’s renowned for its impressive collections of period furniture, silverware, porcelain, paintings and sporting trophies. Since 1987, the caste has featured on the reverse side of twenty pound notes issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

There have been many supernatural stories associated with Brodick Castle including the sightings of a grey lady and tales of a white hart that foreshadows the death of an old clan chief.

T: +44 (0)844 4932152

www.nts.org.uk/Property/Brodick-Castle-Garden-and-Country-Park

Goat Fell

Goat Fell is the highest point on the Isle of Arran. At 874 metres (2,867 ft), it is one of four Corbetts on the island. The most commonly used route, a constructed path of just under 5 km in length, starts from near Brodick Castle in Cladach. There is a viewpoint table at the summit: on a clear day Ireland may be seen.

Arran Aromatics

The Home Farm, Brodick, Isle of Arran

All toiletries and candles are made on the island, using the finest, most natural ingredients where possible. And caring for the environment comes naturally when you work in such a beautiful part of our world, which is why all cartons are recyclable, biodegradable and made of material from sustainable managed forests.

T: +44 (0)1770 302595

www.arranaromatics.com

Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

Rosaburn, Brodick, Isle Of Arran

From an early Bronze age grave to a 5,000 year old head, discover the fascinating history of this stunning island at the Arran Heritage Museum.  Just a short hop on the ferry from Ardrossan, the Isle of Arran sits in the Firth of Clyde on Scotland’s south west coast. The island’s heritage museum explores its diverse history through a variety of interesting displays. The stable and coach house contains old photographs highlighting village life and farming methods in bygone days. The isle’s long sea-faring traditions are remembered through steam powered puffers, paddle steamers and warships, to the latest car ferry. A model replica of a Viking ship, the kind assembled in Lamlash Bay in 1263 before the Battle of Largs, is a particular highlight of this exhibition.

Arran's archaeology and geology exhibits are presented in a simple and engaging way allowing all visitors the chance to enjoy the displays. There is a complete and authentic Early Bronze Age grave (over 3,000 years old) and a pottery food vessel found in it. The Clachaig Man is also not to be missed. Re-created by computer technology from a skull found in a cairn at Clachaig in 1900, this 5,000 year old head was sculpted by local artist Marvin Elliot.

T: +44 (0)1770 302636

www.arranmuseum.co.uk

Golf

The small Isle of Arran boasts 7 golf courses, from Brodick Golf Club set entirely at sea level, to Whiting Bay which offers spectacular views of the Holy Isles.  The 12 hole Shiskine Golf Club is ranked among the top 100 courses in the UK, while the par 70 Lochranza offers a more challenging test.  A joy for golfers of all abilities, amid some of the most amazing scenery in the UK.

www.visitarran.net/golf

 

 

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