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Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran is a place where you can find a little bit of everything you'd ever want from a Scottish island; an ever-changing coastline, dramatic mountain peaks, sheltered beaches, verdant forests, great cultural festivals and a wealth of tasty local produce. A holiday on Arran packs in a lot of flavour - taste your way around the island as you try creamy cheeses, refreshing beers, traditional oatcakes, tempting chocolates and delicious ice cream. Book a tour at the Arran Distillery to discover the secrets behind the distilling process before sampling a dram of malt whisky or the creamy liqueur Arran Gold.

A short break on Arran is perfect all year round, and is a great location to escape the busy city life. Don't forget to pack your binoculars - red squirrels, deer, golden eagles, otters, seals, basking sharks and more can often be seen across the island and on the coastline. Get the adrenalin pumping as you try some thrilling outdoor adventure activities, or why not scale Goatfell, the largest mountain on Arran? It's a Corbett, sitting at 2,866 ft above sea level.

Arran Travel Information

How to get to Arran 

Two car ferry services, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), serve the island. The Ardrossan to Brodick service is the more popular of the two routes, connecting the island with the region of Ayrshire on the mainland. Ardrossan is only a 45 minute journey from Glasgow, and is accessible by car or public transport. Lochranza in the north of the island is served by a ferry from Claonaig, a small port on the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll.

The Ardrossan to Brodick ferry service is one of a number of Scottish CalMac ferry routes where the ticket prices have been slashed due to road equivalent tariffs (RET) being applied to fares, meaning the cost of travel is very reasonable.

How to get around Arran

The road networks skirt the island's coastline, with a road dissecting the centre of the island, known locally as 'the String'. Some of the roads are single track, with plenty of passing places. There are three main bus routes covering north Arran, south Arran and 'the String' which generally tie in with the ferry timetables. In the summer, additional seasonal bus operators run tours which are a great way to take in the sights.

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