getting to know the island

getting to know the island...

The Isle of Arran, or Eilean Arainn in Scot's Gaelic, is situated on the Firth of Clyde. It is one of the largest islands in Scotland with an area of 167 square miles.

The three castles of Brodick, Lochranza and Kildonan, together with the Arran Heritage Museum, provide an insight into the island's well documented history.

Thriving in Arran's natural environment are the Golden eagle and the ptarmigan along with many other bird species.  Stags roam the corries and glens with dewy eyed seals bobbing along in the island's bays and inlets.

There is also a rich variety for botanists, ranging from wild woodland plants to the magnificent gardens of Brodick Castle.  The Isle of Arran is one of the world's classic geological locations with diverse and beautiful rock formations, together with spectacular cliffs whch were formed about 10,000 years ago, running around much of the island.

Prehistoric sites are varied on the island, with perhaps one of the most interesting being the Machrie Moor standing stones.

Arran today has become a very popular holiday destination with lots of different attractions and interests drawing people to the island. There are ferries sailing to the island daily, with an extra summer sailing, making Arran a lot more accessible. The sailing to the island makes the trip feel like a real adventure, whilst taking under an hour to get here!