Arran is Scotlandís most easily accessible island, especially if you are arriving from England, or from overseas flights landing at Glasgow or Prestwick. A short ferry trip on the M.V Caledonian Isles from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast, will take you to this very unique island.
Known as Scotland in miniature, the Isle of Arran is an ideal location for short and long breaks for all the family.
Scottish Tourist Board, Isle of Arran Guide
Arran has three 18 hole courses (Brodick, Lamlash, & Whiting Bay), the famous 12 hole Shiskine Golf Course and three 9 hole courses (Corrie Lochranza, & Machrie.) They are spectacular and popular and booking is advisable.
Machrie Bay Golf Course and Tearoom www.machriebay.com
Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club www.shiskinegolf.com
There are an amazing number of hill, mountain and coastal walks and climbs on Arran. Goatfell at 874 metres, dominates the skyline over Brodick. There is a well worn path starting at Cladach which will take you to the top where on fine days the views to Ireland, the Scottish mainland and Arran are magnificent.
The Arran Distillery
Situated at Lochranza the Arran Distillery is Scotlandís newest. There are tours available as well as a fine restaurant and shop. Tel 01770 830334 or visit the website www.arranwhisky.com
Opened in 2000 by Richard & Elisabeth Roberts you are invited to a tasting of their fine ales. Take a look at their website on www.arranbrewery.com
Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park
The Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, offers 600 years of history, a fabulous collection of valuable 17th century furniture, paintings, porcelain and silver. The woodland garden, begun in 1923 by the Duchess, is now home to an internationally acclaimed rhododendron collection. The walled garden dating from 1710 has been restored as an Edwardian garden. The Country Park has well marked trails, woodlands, waterfalls, gorges, wildlife ponds, a nature room and wildlife garden. Restored ice-house, adventure playground.
Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park Furnished Historic Castle
Horse Riding / Trekking
Cairnhouse Riding Centre has stables situated at Blackwaterfoot, is run by Dawn Murchie and offers hacking and trekking for experienced and novice riders over private farm tracks, hills and sandy beaches on a horse or pony to suit your ability. Call 01770 860466
The Balmichael Visitors Centre
This converted farm at Shiskine offers something for everyone; The thrills of off-road quad biking , practicing your swing on the golf driving range or simply relaxing with a quiet cup of tea or coffee in the coffee shop or browsing around the shops. General Enquiries: 01770 860596 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.balmichael.com
There are tennis courts at Machrie golf club as well as at Shiskine Golf Club.