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  • Writer's pictureFiona Mackintosh

Things to do on Arran in the rain with kids

Updated: Jan 12

Rainy Day Adventures: Family-Friendly Activities on Arran for Kids

When the typical Scottish weather sets in and you’re beginning to wonder why a week in Scotland was a good idea then don't despair! Of course you can always put waterproofs on and get outside but some days that's just not appealing so we have some great ideas of indoor things to do in Arran in the rain to turn a gloomy day into family fun. It would just be too hot abroad anyway… 😉

1.    Auchrannie Resort for a rainy day retreat

Head to Auchrannie Resort for a rainy day retreat. They've got a swimming pool, sports hall, and a soft play area – perfect for letting the kids burn off some energy while you take a breather. We recommend hiring a badminton court for an hour then head upstairs to Cruize for something to eat. There’s even another mini soft play area adjacent to the bar so there’s the potential you’ll get at least 30 seconds of quiet time!

Discover the history of Arran at this great wee museum. No matter how many times I go there’s always something new I find out. Our kids love the blacksmith and the tractor they can clamber on and don’t forget to watch out for the special events days they run in the summer like the vintage motor and tractor days, these are always great family days out.  

Rain won't ruin the charm of Brodick Castle and there’s the café and shop to explore as well. It would be a shame to miss the castle grounds though as, for us, this is what we really love about the place but if you have National Trust membership like we do then I’d do the indoor bits on the rainy days and come back and explore the grounds when it’s brightened up! Keep and eye out for events run by the rangers, we did bird feeder making which was a hit!

a large copper still set against a large window
Keep warm and dry inside Lagg distillery

Both Lochranza and Lagg do distillery tours and children 8 and above can join in. The tours guides are all really enthusiastic and it’s lovely and warm on a dreich day when you’re stood in the brewing gallery! And of course each distillery has a café and shop as well.


This fab family-run shop has all sorts of crafty supplies plus games and books so if there are any budding artists in the family this is the place to gather supplies for an afternoon of indoor activities.


5. Rainy day retail therapy at Home Farm and Cladach.

At the far end of Brodick you’ll find a plethora of beautiful shops with local products and cafes and restaurants and even a brewery and a beach gin bar! Our kids love the cheese shop as there’s always the lure of a free sample then the promise of hot chocolate and cakes at Janie’s tearoom

Embracing the rain on Arran is an acquired taste and if dressing head to toe in gore-tex isn't your scene we hope this list has given you a few ideas of some ways to make the most of your stay on the island come hail, rain or shine!

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