Lochranza, a village on the Isle of Arran, boasts a dramatic castle, a distillery and plenty of wildlife in the surrounding area.
The ruined castle which occupies the mud flats of the bay, and the brooding north-facing slopes of the mountains which frame it, make for one of the most spectacular settings on the island.
Located at the south end of the village, Arran's whisky distillery is a pristine complex distinguished by its pagoda-style roofs. A tour of the distillery will reveal the intricacies of the whisky-making process and ends with the chance to try a free sample of single malt and Arran Gold, a creamy whisky-based liqueur.
Lochranza is also home to a 9-hole golf course of even parkland set amongst fine, hilly scenery. Players are often treated to a spot of wildlife watching whilst playing a round - red squirrels, red deer and golden eagles are regularly sighted!
The Lochranza Hotel which serves meals using fresh, local ingredients. In the summer months, a ferry connects Lochranza with Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsula. Visiting yachts can take advantage of the pontoon in the bay. Lochranza has even inspired the works of one of Scotland greatest wordsmiths Sir Walter Scott in the poem The Lord of the Isles.
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