5 Reasons to visit the Isle of Arran
Just last year, the Isle of Arran was named one of the seven best islands in the world by CNN Travel and it’s easy to see why. Heather-clad mountains, rolling glens, and amazing culture await all who visit – this remarkable island off the coast of Ayrshire is a must-see for anyone looking to explore Scotland.
Here’s five reasons why everyone needs to visit the Isle of Arran.
The beautiful beaches and dramatic waterfalls
Many say that the Isle of Arran features the best of Scotland in miniature and they aren’t wrong! From beautiful beaches and rugged hilltops to tumbling waterfalls, you can see first-hand the dramatic scenery that Scotland has become world famous for. The Glenashdale Falls is the finest waterfall on the island and is accompanied by a fantastic circular walk which offers unbeatable views out to sea. There are also some beautiful beaches to explore, including Kildonan, Brodick, and Whiting Bay – all of which are perfect for a peaceful stroll or watching colourful sunsets.
It has a fascinating past
The Isle of Arran is steeped in history. Brodick Castle is one of the island’s most popular attractions and features exciting exhibitions, beautiful gardens, woodland, waterfalls, and bathing pools. Lochranza Castle is also a lovely landmark to visit and the ruins are the ideal location for a picnic or for spotting local wildlife such as red deer or seals in the bay. Another fascinating attraction is The Sailor’s Grave – legend has it, a sailor who died on ship in 1854 was laid to rest here after the villages of Lochranza or Catacol refused his shipmates to bury him in one of the church graveyards due to fear of infection.
The island now has it’s very own craft gin!
Along with Isle of Arran Beer, Arran Cheese, and Arran Aromatics, you can now enjoy Isle of Arran Gin! The spirit is infused with locally sourced and sustainable botanicals and is now available on the island from The Bay Kitchen and Blackwater Bakehouse, as well as Arran Active and AC Cameron at Blackwaterfoot. The gin is not available for UK-wide shipping until April, so if you’re heading over to the Arran within the next few weeks, you could be among the first to sample an authentic Isle of Arran G&T!
It’s home to some of the most picturesque golf courses in the world
If you’re a keen golfer, then Scotland is the place to go. However, did you know that Arran is home to some of the most picturesque courses in the world? With seven courses to choose from, some positioned along the coast or shoreline and others nestled within the hills or in areas of nature conservation, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to your golfing break. The courses all offer breathtaking views and you’re guaranteed to find a course that suits your ability.
You can enjoy some of the best views of the mainland
There’s no better place to see the surrounding scenery than the highest point on the Isle of Arran – Goat Fell. While the route is fairly challenging – it takes between 2 and 5 hours to reach the summit – the views are truly spectacular. Not only can you expect unbeatable views of the mainland across the Firth of Clyde, but you can see the Isle of Jura, Ben Lomand, and, on a clear day, you can even see as far as Ireland!
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