Goatfell range Standing stones at Machrie Moor

The magical Isle of Arran


Much has been written about this Island’s numerous attractions and I make no apology for repeating some of it in the paragraphs that follow, but there is something more than just this, something bewitching about the Island that pulls people back time and again.  Beware! If you come here, you may fall under the spell.

Arran is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands. It lies in The Firth of Clyde between the Ayrshire coast and the Kintyre Peninsula. The island is about 20 miles long and about 12 miles across and is often described as "Scotland in Miniature" due to its varied and picturesque landscape. The north of the island is stunningly grand and mountainous while the south is much gentler with rolling hills, farmland and wide sandy beaches. There are 10 peaks over 2000 feet; the highest being Goatfell at 2,866 feet.

This is a paradise for hill-walkers, climbers and geologists. For those interested in archaeology there is much of interest. There are numerous chambered cairns from the New Stone Age, stone cists, impressive monoliths and stone circles (such as those on Machrie Moor) from the Bronze Age, Iron Age forts and Viking graves.


There are three castles on the island – pristine and colourful Brodick Castle, and the romantic, ruined Lochranza and Kildonan castles standing guard at the north and south of the island for the last seven hundred years. At Brodick Castle and Gardens you can enjoy guided tours through the castle, ranger tours of the extensive grounds, beautiful gardens (famed for their rhododendron collection), tearoom and an adventure playground.


The wildlife on Arran is wonderful. Herds of red deer roam the hillsides, red squirrels still protected from the grey invasion, many species of birds including golden eagles can be sighted, and seals are a common attraction around the shores where porpoises and basking sharks also visit. The flora on the island is equally impressive. The island, bathed in the warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift, allows plants such as palm trees, which would not normally survive in these latitudes, to flourish.


Arran is a superb playground for those feeling energetic. Apart from walking and climbing, there are off-road cycle tracks, 7 golf courses (including the famous 12 hole Shiskine Course), quad biking, pony trekking, tennis, bowling, fishing, swimming and many exciting activities both off and onshore offered by the Arran Adventure Company.


For those looking for a more relaxing time then just take pleasure in the wonderful scenery, the pretty villages and the slower pace of island life. There are craft shops, galleries, cheese factories, potteries, a chocolate factory, brewery, distillery, and a museum to visit and plenty of tearooms, restaurants and pubs to see you through your holiday.


Children love Arran. As well as enjoying the freedom of the beaches and countryside there are many places such as the Brodick Castle adventure playground which they will want to return to again and again.


During the summer most of the villages have their own gala days or fun weeks and Brodick Highland Games in August is one of the highlights of Arran’s calendar.



Contact us:


Phone:-

Jim or Kate Mackintosh at

01770 860711


leave your voice message if you don’t get an answer and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Address:-

Hamilton Cottages,

Hamilton House,

Shiskine,

Isle of Arran,

KA27 8EW


E-mail:- hamiltoncottages@gmail.com


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Isle of Arran