Isle of Arran - Scotland in Miniature

Isle of Arran - Scotland in Miniature

A nice one day trip if you‘re in Glasgow and need an easy day out of the city.

You may see some seals on the beaches around Brodick and Kildonan.

The Isle of Arran, known as “Scotland in Miniature”, is one of the most southerly Scottish islands.

Arran sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. The island is relatively small with a length of 19 miles and width around 10 miles. The small size makes it a perfect destination for tourists, hikers, cyclists and bikers.

The island offers a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes. The small pretty villages on Arran's beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south.   

When planning to go to Arran, take into account that it is good to be on the first ferry that day. A one day trip is enough to see the island. But if you want to explore and get the feel for it, take one or two additional days. The island is small but the local bus still needs 1 hour and 20 minutes from Lohranza in the North to Kildonan in the south.

The island offers a variety of things to do and places to see include castles (Brodick Castle),  museums, outdoor activities, high quality local crafts and locally produced food that's fast gaining an international reputation. The only distillery on array “The Arran distillery” near Lochranza offers a selection of Award Winning Single Malt Whiskeys.

Arran can easily be reached with a ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick (crossing time around 50 minutes). There are up to 6 ferries daily and the timetables are synchronized with the railway arrival/departures to the Ardrossan Harbour railway station. The transportation around the island is based on busses. So getting around is no problem.

Note that bus timetables are synchronized with the ferry arrival/departure times so you don’t need to worry to miss the ferry. If you plan an island round trip, buy a daily bus ticket which is cheaper.

If you plan to stay for a few days there are a number of possible accommodation options including B&B’s, Smaller Hotels and camping sites.  But it’s recommended to make a reservation in advance, especially in the summer months.

My suggestion is that you take three days to explore the island. The best and cheapest option is to camp for two nights and take the bus to various regions.  One of those three days should be reserved for hiking the mountains in the interior of the island.

So Enjoy Arran. I sure did and will get back as soon as possible.


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