About Arran

About Arran

The Isle of Arran, often referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, is a small island that captures many aspects of the variety and beauty of Scotland. It has mountains and lochs in the north, and rolling hills and meadows in the south, surrounded by a stunning coastline.


On Arran you might visit the distilleries, castles, the brewery or the museum. Every day there is also a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy – climbing, mountain biking, fishing, sailing, swimming and kayaking. On the island you will find a whole network of hiking trails suited for every level of experience and ranging from beach walks to forestry paths. Discover the beautiful Lamlash waterfalls with your family, or take a “walk” up Goatfell for a more challenging experience. We have seven golf courses that welcome guests, as do the (live music) bars, restaurants and shops, with many specializing in high quality local crafts and locally produced food like cheese and ice-cream. More than the variety, though, the Isle of Arran offers a chance to relax and shake off the daily stress.


Arran’s history dates back so far that it becomes tangled up in Celtic myths and legends of Scotland’s past. From the strange standing stones on Machrie Moor to the chequered history of Brodick Castle to the very cave where Robert the Bruce was supposed to have encountered the spider. Discover the past by exploring the island.

Brodick Castle

The Brodick castle offers 800 years of history. You can see a fabulous collection of valuable artefacts and visit the botanic castle gardens with stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Ayrshire coast.

Arran Distillery

Home of the Arran single malt whisky. We have TWO distilleries on the Island. Enjoy interesting and informative visits to these distilleries. You can see the production process, learn about whisky making and, of course, taste several wee drams of the Arran whiskies.