You often hear Arran referred to as ‘Scotland in miniature’ which is hardly surprising as it offers a little bit of everything that those with an all-round love of Scotland look for in a holiday or short break. Arran can be reached by ferry to the main town of Brodick from Ardrossan in just under an hour, or in 30 minutes from Claonaig in Argyll, to Lochranza and the northern end of Arran.
Once on the island, it is easy to get around by car or on foot and there is an excellent bus service provided by Stagecoach West. The perfect location for urban dwellers and city-slickers alike, with its 7 golf-courses, walking trails, cycling and mountain bike routes, hill and rock climbing, fishing, paragliding, canoeing and fast-rib adventure rides – just to name a few! Goatfell Mountain rewards those that are energetic enough for the hike to its peak, with stunning views of Arran and the islands beyond.
There are a number of outdoor activity operators on the island that offer something for all ages and abilities. For those looking for something a little more relaxing there are a number of beautiful beaches, coastal caves and hidden coves to discover. Add all of this to the abundance of shops, food and drink producers, divine restaurants and pampering options, to help you while away the hours, Arran is certainly a unique destination that really lives up to its ‘Scotland in Miniature’ legacy.