The Isle of Arran
Arran is a beautiful island off the west coast of Scotland with breathtaking mountain and coastal scenery. There are rugged granite mountain peaks in the north, green rolling hills of the south, pretty villages and stunning ever changing coastal views around every corner.
With a stunning natural environment, the island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with outstanding wildlife, flora, fauna, geology, archaeology and history.
In contrast to the most of Scotland, the island is blessed with a mild maritime climate due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, making it an ideal destination for year round breaks. However, it is also renowned for changeable weather and you may experience four seasons in one day! You are advised to bring comfortable, weatherproof gear and wear layers that you can shed when the sun shines.
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If you have the desire to try something new, Arran is the perfect place to climb a mountain, kayak in sheltered waters, discover the forest trails on a mountain bike or play a round of golf in one of the seven courses around the island. It is also a very accessible island with easy access to the coast and hills and short distances between the villages.
How to get to Arran
Arran is easily accessible from the Scottish mainland and less than an hour's drive from Glasgow City, Glasgow and Prestwick International Airports.
If you are travelling from outside Scotland, why not combine your visit to Arran with a visit to Glasgow; known as Scotland's 'Style Capital' for its fabulous shopping in the 'style mile' on Buchanan Street, The St Enoch Centre and designer boutiques around Merchant City. The west end offers great restaurants, bars and cultural places to visit including the Mackintosh House and The Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Arran Holiday Retreats also has a fabulous west end apartment with exclusive availability during special events, such as The Commonwealth Games. More details to follow.
Getting to Arran is easy from Glasgow City Centre with a direct rail link from Central Station (take your seats on the front part of the train) and a 50 minute journey in modern, efficient trains run by Scotrail to the ferry port at Ardrossan Harbour (wi-fi on board).
The Arran Ferry
When you board the 'Caledonian Isles', there is a feeling of leaving all the worries behind, as you set off on your Arran adventure. Calmac links the island with the mainland and there are regular crossings between Ardrossan and Brodick. It is a pleasant 55-minute journey with good onboard facilities including a cafe, coffee lounge, shop, bar and viewing lounge with a soft play area for the kids. All vehicles need to be booked in advance but foot passengers should buy tickets at the harbour prior to boarding.
If you are travelling on foot you will find buses at the ferry terminal in Brodick. Take the '323' service to the south end of the island. Alternatively, you may prefer to book a taxi: Corrie Cabs 07517 356 985.
There is also the option to travel to Kintyre from the north of the island on a short ferry crossing to explore Argyll or island hop to Islay, Mull and beyond.