From the Ayrshire port of Ardrossan, you can take the ferry to Arran. This island has been a popular holiday destination for years, as it offers a package of Scottish landscapes, attractions and activities. Due to a government-backed scheme, the price of travelling by ferry to Arran was reduced from October 2014 onwards.
Brodick Castle and Country Park is a popular attraction for the whole family to visit. A former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, the castle is home to fantastic displays of furniture, paintings and trophies. Explore the garden to see the famous collection of rhododendrons.
If you want to spend more than a day on Arran, you can take part in activities such as walking, paragliding, golf and cycling or visit attractions including the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum and Lochranza Castle.
Take time to drive around the island by the coast road, passing the historic standing stones of Machrie Moor and offering views of the imposing mountain of Goatfell.
As well as its attractions and activities, the island is well-known for its vast array of local produce. Visit the Isle of Arran Distillery in Lochranza, which offers tours and tastings around the distillery and visitor centre. The island also produces beer, cheese and ice cream.