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Arran Holidays - The Isle of Arran

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The Isle of Arran - a stunning setting for a special holiday.
Arran is more than just an island. It has the power to surprise, delight and provide real relaxation as well as the opportunity to embark on one of life's adventures in the hills and coastline of this beautiful place. The Isle of Arran is like a "magnet", that will inspire you to return year after year.

Brodick Castle

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If you've held a Scottish £20 note, then you will have seen Arran before. Brodick Castle features on the note. Previously a seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, this imposing building is owned by the National Trust. The castle is open to the public from April to October from 11am until 4:30pm. Keen historians or bee-keepers might like to keep their eyes open for the distinctive Bee-boles on the site.

Things to Do

For a leisurely day why not sample tea and cakes on the patio at Brodick Castle, take a trip back in time at the Heritage Museum, take a tour around the distillery or visit Holy Isle in Lamlash Bay.
The island has many renowned artists and craftsmen, their work can be seen at various galleries and workshops around Arran.
Each year Arran events link will give details of activities taking place on the island, look out for Folk Festival, Wildlife Festival, Highland Games and the Outdoor Festival.

Walking

Walkers on Arran are spoilt for choice. From whereever you are on the island the 874 metre peak of Goat Fell is always present. It is Arran's highest point and the views from the top are spectacular. However, there are many more fine hills and ridges waiting for your attention.

The Coastal Way is another exciting walk. You can meander around the island (usually counter-clockwise) for over 60 miles (100km). The Way can be attempted in manageable stages.

Please take care when attempting any walk. Please be respectful of your own capabilities. Qualified mountain guides are available for hire, or join one of the organised walks.

Always be prepared - walking along Arran's paths you will encounter wet conditions even in dry spells! Gaiters will be very useful! Hill walking here can be very deceptive. Always carry a whistle, torch, map and compass, as well as the usual emergency stuff.

There are so many interesting early settlements on the island, some dating back to the bronze age. The most impressive is Machrie Moor with it's stone circle and burial chamber. Legend also has it that Robert the Bruce sheltered on the island while fleeing his enemies. The King's Cave is where he was inspired by the efforts of a small spider. There are numerous woodland and glen walks on offer too. Watch out for the red deer, red squirrels and the many varieties of birds of prey.
Mountaineering and rock climbing. Strictly for those who know how, Arran boasts some of the best ridge scrambles in the British Isles. There are also a host of excellent mountain routes for the beginner and mountaineer. Not to dwell on the point of safety ........... just be careful!

Golf

Arran boasts four 18 hole, two 9 hole and one 12 hole golf courses, all with good playing conditions and spectacular scenery. There's also the 'Arran Golf Pass', which offers a significant saving, if you fancy playing one golf course for each day of the week! We advise you to book your 'Tee' times during high season and weekends to avoid disappointment! We are also able to arrange the full Golfing Holidays package.

Biking

A varied cross-section of terrain awaits the cycling enthusiast. If you don't have your own bike with you there are all types available for hire on the island. The 56 miles around the island is long with plenty of steep inclines! The Island offers some challenging new mountain bike trails.

Horse riding and pony trekking

All standards of rider are catered for from experienced to novice. Riding hats that comply with current safety standards are provided. Advanced booking is recommended.

Fishing

Sea angling from the beach or boat, where you might catch a glimpse of the seals, dolphins, or if you are lucky, a basking shark to river fishing for trout. There are plenty of choices including runs of sea trout from early to mid July onwards. However, there is no river fishing allowed on Sundays. Fishing permits may be obtained from Brodick Tourist Information Office.

Other Activities

Spend a day learning to fly birds of prey with Hands on Hawking. There are many interesting birds on Arran.
Learn to sea kayak and explore the coastline with Arran Adventure. Try your hand at archery at Arran Adventure
Take the small ferry to Holy Island where you can meet the resident Buddhist monks and explore a lot of the island