The Isle of Arran also known as miniature Scotland has it all; from the rolling hills and water inlets to the flora and fauna and of course Whisky!

The Isle of Arran can be easily reached by ferry from Ardrossan located on the west coast of Scotland to Brodick with the Caledonian McBayne (Calmac Ferries) the comfortable crossing is only 55 minutes.

The Isle of Arran is one of the largest islands in The Firth of Forth at 20 miles long and 10 miles wide.



Views from Lochranza, Isle of Arran.

Some of the islands history includes the myths and legends of the Kings Cave – On the south west coast by Blackwaterfoot lays the sandstone caves one of these is called Kings CaveThe legend told is that Robert the Bruce took salvation in this cave and watched a spider keep falling while spinning its web.  Robert the Bruce took this perseverance away with him to go on and win the Battle of Bannockburn.



Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran.


Some of the main attractions on the Isle of Arran include:

  • Arran Whisky distillery is located in Lochranza, if you’re not a big fan of whisky I would highly recommend the Arran Gold Whisky liquor which is so smooth and delicious. I would have called it liquid gold.
  • Arran cheese located at home farm visitor centre has an array of different flavoured cheese’s from Arran Camembert and Arran Blue which has achieved medals in the British Cheese Awards and the World Cheese Awards. Why not try your favourite cheese with the wide variety of Arran Oatcakes available.
  • Arran Aromatics is also located at home Farm visitor centre with lots of lotions and potions to choose from. They produce soaps, shower and bath lotions to but a few all made with local produce.
  • Brodick Castle and Country Park are also well worth a visit with waterfalls, woodland walks and in summer full blooms of colour. During the month of September it is rutting season where you may be lucky to see the Stags in action battling it out. The history of the site dates back to as far as the Vikings!

Isle of Arran Accommodation

Accommodation on the island runs from the luxurious Douglas Hotel with stunning sea views it is also ideal for the ferry as located only a stone throw away. Spa retreats can be found at Auchrannie House Hotel and spa, they also provide family accommodation. For budget travellers there is the YHA at Lochranza.  If your looking for something that bit different, what about a niche escape in a converted church?  The 19th century St Columbas Church has been fully modernised with the original stain glass windows,  which makes it very bright and spacious.  It comfortably sleeps up to 16 people.  Idyllically located in Whiting Bay by the sea.


Views over to Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa break, couples retreat, walking holiday, Golfing trip or family getaway there is something for everyone.

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I am a travel photographer and writer with green fingers based in Edinburgh. The love of travel has allowed me to gain my sea legs on-board luxury cruise ships, camp out under the stars and drive a corvette to visit a volcano in Hawaii. These are some of the travel highlights I have been lucky to experience. I am very excited to be working with Niche Escapes to inspire you to travel and have your own unique experiences.