A chance to experience island life in the north of Arran, situated on the banks of Loch Ranza, opposite a 13th-century ruined castle in beautiful countryside.
Situated in the north of the Isle of Arran in a beautiful lochside village is Lochranza Youth Hostel. Almost surrounded by hills and complete with a thirteenth-century ruined castle, the village is a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a few days. Relax and enjoy yourself in this comfortable former hotel right on the water's edge. This is a place where you can observe nature, with spectacular wildlife right on the doorstep - red deer are abundant, there are seals on the rocks and eagles soar overhead.
Lochranza is the ideal base for tackling the many trails and ridges of the Arran mountains including Goat Fell, the island's highest peak. For the less ambitious the Cock of Arran walk, the finest low level trek on the island, starts and finishes at the hostel. Experienced cyclists will enjoy the challenge of the circular 58 mile ride round the island.
If you prefer not to walk too far, Arran has many other activities to offer including on and off-road biking, pony-trekking, fishing, golfing and watersports.
Scotland's newest distillery is a few minutes away from the hostel, Brodick Castle has fine gardens and the Standing Stone Circles of Machrie are impressive. Everything you might want to see and do is accessible by a good bus service, which offers a great value day pass.