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island guide island complimentary 2012-13 edition

your guide to an enjoyable stay

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island map doing arran in a day 6 must sees where to shop, eat, stay and play activities & adventures entertainment, events & vouchers


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contents 4. island map to help you get around 5. welcome to you, from VisitArran 6. health warning beware of catching the malady! 7. doing arran in a day for all you superheroes out there!

8. trust in us.... help the island 9. win a print... by Andy Surridge 10. enjoy the journey a quick scoot around the

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12. must sees 6 suggestions to get you started 14. history and culture a bit about the past 18. retail therapy shop ‘til you drop, yes it’s possible on arran!

23. eating out from cafes to award-winning dining 26. taste of arran big tastes from a small island 30. family fun have you got your passport? 30. golfing 7 courses, that’s one a day! 32. walking gentle strolls, coastal way, classic climbs... 34. cycling mountain biking, road cycling, routes... 36. adventure something for everyone on adventure island

42. active flights of fancy! 46. mainland links kintyre & ayrshire 48. entertainment we don’t want you getting bored! 50. getting about information and timetables 54. events what’s going on in 2012? 57. vouchers to help your retail therapy!

This magazine ‘Arran the Island’ is produced by VisitArran on a non- profit basis, for the enjoyment of visitors to the island. To contact us with articles, to advertise or for enquiries please e-mail info@visitarran.com. Every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy at the time of going to press.

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welcome This 4th edition of the VisitArran magazine is designed to help and improve your stay on our lovely island. Formally launched in May 2007 VisitArran is a Destination Management Organisation (DMO), bringing island businesses and public sector organisations together with the aim of collectively marketing the Isle of Arran, providing better information and a quality joined up tourism experience for island visitors. This magazine is part of the process and I hope you find it informative and helpful. Please enjoy your “Island time… in no time” and I look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Robert Waine Chairman VisitArran

Location - OS Grid Ref NR950359 Gaelic Name - Eilean Arainn Norse Name - Herey The Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, with an area of 167 square miles (433 km2), it is the seventh largest Scottish island and the ninth largest Island off Great Britain. Arran is associated with the Hebrides, with which it shares many cultural and physical similarities. Actually the Hebrides start off the west coast of Kintyre. Many of the islands of Scotland have been occupied by the speakers of at least four languages since the Iron Age, resulting in many of their place names having more than one meaning.


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enjoy

Glen Rosa.

arran health warning

Before visitors arrive on Arran, we like to ensure that they are aware of the associated risks and feel it is necessary to issue the following

Health Warning: Arran can be addictive and all visitors should remain vigilant lest they succumb to a serious attack of Arranitis. Symptoms start with a mild feeling of well-being which can quickly develop into extended periods of euphoria in extreme cases. There are many well-documented cases of people deciding to stay on the island permanently, only two hours after stepping off the boat. This condition has attracted people to Arran for the past 5000 years, so if you decide to visit us, tread carefully and avoid strong drink for the first 24 hours as this will significantly increase the chance of catching the malady.

Enjoy...

notable arran residents Daniel Macmillan who, with his brother Alexander founded Macmillan Publishers in 1843. Daniel was also the grandfather of Harold Macmillan who became Prime Minister in 1957. Jack McConnell former First Minister of Scotland. McConnell was born in Irvine and raised on a sheep farm near Lamlash.He attended Arran High School and later went on to study at the University of Stirling Robert McLellan Scots playwright and poet. McLellan married in 1938 and settled on Arran where he lived modestly on his income as a playwright. He died in 1985 and is buried on the Isle of Arran.


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doing arran in a day... Sorry, a misleading headline, unless you wear your underwear on the outside of your trousers, a day just isn’t enough time at all.

www.visitarran.com Arran Distillery, Lochranza.

However, for the purposes of making the headline accurate let’s assume you are a superhero . You could: golf, hill walk, gorge walk, climb, abseil, paraglide, road bike, mountain bike, quad bike, kayak, sail, powerboat, shoot (guns and bows), fish, pony trek, hawk, wildlife watch (on the land and under the sea) sing, dance, swim and spa before visiting the museum, castles, brewery, distillery, cheese shop, or chocolate shop and then head off for the Neolithic and Geological sites leaving time for an excellent meal and wee refreshment before settling down to read the local newspaper. Let’s face it, there’s not a big market for superheroes and they tend to be a bit too flash anyway. The majority of us, with a sense of adventure or curiosity, will still manage to sample one or more of these activities in a day. You can do this on your own, in a group, or in the company of qualified and experienced professionals, with a real passion for their activity and the Island.

So all you have to do is get yourself to Arran and although Superheroes will arrange their own transport, the rest of us have to travel by road, rail and boat. It’s less than two hours from Glasgow and First Scotrail have teamed up with CalMac to offer some really good day return deals.

The train, or your car, gets you to Ardrossan Harbour on the Ayrshire coast. This is where Arran’s main ferry, ‘Caledonian Isles’ sails from several times a day. It’s a 55 minute mini cruise where you can relax, eat, drink and soak up the scenery. You can also sample some of Arran’s produce at the VisitArran ferry desk next to the purser’s office, plus the nice ferry desk folks can help you get the most from your visit by For those travelling from the highlighting the attractions and activities which match your North West and the Western interest, thus avoiding wasting valuable time when you leave Isles, the Claonaig to the boat in Brodick. Superheroes miss out on all of the above! Lochranza ferry connects the north of the island with the It’s an excellent day out, whether you want to sample some Argyll peninsula. This is a of the attractions and activities or just relax and soak up much smaller ferry but an some Island Time. We look forward to seeing you on Arran, excellent scenic crossing. superheroes and normal folk alike. We look forward to Claonaig can be reached by seeing you because we know that you’ll enjoy our Island but bus, car, bike or on foot from mostly because we believe you will discover what we already the main Tarbert to know: A day on Arran is never enough, but it is a very good Campbeltown road. start.

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enjoy the arran trust Arran has a stunning landscape that casts its magical spell over even the most unsuspecting visitor. The island is a very special place and deserves to have the highest level of care lavished on it. Many Arran groups and organisations are doing excellent work maintaining and improving the environment for us all to enjoy but there’s always more to do…. Unfortunately, even with the mass of Arran volunteers, this does mean sizeable financial support is needed to ensure projects are sustainable. The Arran Trust has been established to help fund projects to ensure Arran is kept just the way it should be for the benefit of local communities and visitors alike. Businesses all over the island offer the opportunity for everyone to gift just a pound or two towards worthwhile projects. It is voluntary; there is no pressure, just give if you want to! Where else can you be guaranteed a warm, feel-good glow for just a handful of spare change? - Apart from in the Distillery of course! The donations will be looked after by the Arran Trust with an independent Board of Trustees. Each year the money will be used to maintain and improve more

footpaths, create safe cycle routes, protect the marine environment, provide conservation education for the next generation, care for wildlife and support a host of other conservation projects on the island. With more members this year we even have our own Arran Trust Americano at The Distillery, so you can donate a few pence whilst enjoying a delicious coffee! Since the start of the pilot scheme in April 2011, the Trust has been delighted to award grants for the following worthwhile projects: Glen Sannox Path Completion Roots of Arran Path Completion Share Arran’s Road’s Safely Scheme The Black Grouse Group The Old Clachan Church, Shiskine Eas Mor Waterfall, Kildonan Please consider giving to this worthwhile cause and upon your return, see what your help has achieved. www.arrantrust.com

“FROM SMALL ACORNS LARGE OAKS GROW”


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stunning andy surridge signed print .... 'Arran is a place renowned for its natural beauty and an inspiration for artists fortunate enough to call it home. As well as photographing it in its ever changing moods and light, Andy enjoys the challenge of capturing the emotion and drama of a wedding or the character of a subject in a portrait. Andrew Surridge lives in Whiting Bay on the southwest coast of Arran and is available for photographic commissions and weddings. See many of his stunning photo’s throughout the magazine.

For your chance to win a limited edition signed photograph “Winter Colours” numbered 10 of 150 kindly donated by Andy please enter the prize draw at www.visitarran.com A winner will be drawn randomly after 31st March 2013. We may send relevant Arran information but your details will not be passed to anyone other than VisitArran.

View or purchase Andy’s work at Arran Art Gallery, or online at www.arranimages.co.uk

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The Waverley at Lochranza.

isle of arran As you hop off the ferry in Brodick, Arran’s highest mountain, Goatfell 2,866ft high (874m) - rises majestically above the harbour's broad-sweep and you immediately get a sense of the island's wild and colourful beauty. It’s a place where the past and the present combine in an inspiring, dramatic and unforgettable way. Travelling through this wonderful and constantly changing landscape, experience the majesty of highland glens and rugged mountains, alongside sweeping sandy bays and picturesque coastal villages. Arran’s compact size makes getting around really easy, whether you’re here for a day, a week or forever! There’s a 57 mile coastal road which circumnavigates the whole island, plus two other roads,

‘the Ross’ and ‘the String’ which cut across inland, all with magnificent views at every turn. In your car, a taxi or on a bus, journey times are all fairly short making everywhere on the island easily accessible. If you’re walking or cycling it will obviously take a little longer but you’ll see so much more and be able to take advantage of Arran’s extensive trail network. Arran has seen life on its shores for thousands of years and with a history that is interwoven into everyday life it’s hard to miss the island’s ancient and eventful past. From legends that surround the Stone Age, Machrie Moor standing stones to dinosaur footprints from a time when Arran sat south of the equator. The island was dominated for centuries by the Vikings, controlling the Firth of Clyde and anyone who crossed it. There are many Stone Age burial sites and Viking forts dotted all over Arran allowing you a glimpse into their ancient worlds. Experience more recent history by visiting Brodick and Lochranza Castles, or take a walk to King’s Caves on the west coast, where Robert the Bruce famously took inspiration from a nearby spider before claiming victory at the battle of Bannockburn.


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hop aboard the waverley...

Arran has lots of lovely sandy beaches along its rocky coastline, some of the best ones are found in and around the island’s villages, notably Brodick, Lamlash, Whiting Bay, Sannox, Kilmory, Kildonan and Blackwaterfoot. There are many other smaller sandy coves and pebble beaches to find, all with an abundance of rock pools to explore.

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world's last sea-going paddle steamer. In 1975, at the end of her working life, she was saved for the nation by Waverley Steam Navigation Company, a charity registered in Scotland.

Arran has three smaller satellite islands Holy Isle lies to the east in Lamlash Bay, Pladda is located off Arran's south coast and tiny Hamilton Isle lies just off Clauchlands Point north of Holy Isle. Eilean na h-Airde Baine off the south west of Arran at Corriecravie is a skerry connected to Arran at low tide.

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She then began a second career as one of the country's best-loved tourist attractions. Since she has been in operational preservation she has been awarded four stars by Visit Scotland, an engineering heritage award, starred in a Hollywood movie, and has carried over 5 million passengers from over 70 ports around the UK. Waverley is a unique piece of Britain's maritime heritage, bringing pleasure to tens of thousands every summer. She has been magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass and represents a bygone age. A shining example of Britain's great ship building history she is a living, breathing interactive museum, and world class tourist attraction. She is not just a ship - she manages to create a community spirit among her passengers as she charms her way around Arran in the summer months. It’s not until you get onboard that you understand her magnetism. The passengers breathe life into the ship and make her their own. They feel a sense of ownership and, once in Waverley's thrall, return time and time again for a reason many of them can't explain - for some there is a great affection but for many it is a way of life. see www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk for details


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gems your “must sees”

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six island gems not to be missed 1. Brodick Castle…

Dating from the 13th Century, Brodick Castle has a long and fascinating history. In recent times, a summer retreat for the Duke and Duchess of Montrose and their family, now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. A homely castle, full of antiques, family portraits and photographs, and a fine collection of porcelain and silverware. The gardens contain exotic plants from around the world, collected by the plant hunters of the early 1900's. There is a walled garden, a Bavarian summerhouse, an ice house, a bog garden, wildflower, woodland trails, an adventure playground and a nature centre. Did you know that Brodick Castle features on the Royal Bank of Scotland £20 note?

2. Glenashdale Falls and the Giants’ Graves, Whiting bay…

One of Arran's most beautiful natural landmarks, Glenashdale Falls lies within a particularly scenic, circular walk from Whiting Bay, meandering through woodland alongside the Glenashdale Burn, up to a spectacular viewing platform over hanging the falls. New forestry tracks allow the Giants’ Graves to be visited on the route back. These are a series of strange stones set on the hill overlooking Whiting Bay with wonderful views. They are, in fact, chambered cairns from the Neolithic period, and rather than being the final resting place of giants, as the legend says, they contained the bones of several people.

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3. Seal Shore, Kildonan…

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Overlooking the smaller islands of Pladda and Ailsa Craig in the far distance, Kildonan is a small thriving community. The village itself is strung out along the shore, with a village hall complete with a memorial bell set in a wall. A short walk along the shore path from the west end of Kildonan offers you one of Scotland’s best places to see seals and otters in the wild. The many spits of rock that stand out of the sea along this coast allow 100’s of seals to bask close to the shore in safety, a wonderful site at anytime of the year..

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This is a very picturesque row of small cottages originally built to house fishermen. Each cottage of the Apostles has a different shaped upstairs bedroom window. The story goes that when a fishermen was required to go home, their family would place a candle in the bedroom window so it could be seen from the sea, the individual shape of light through the window would tell them which house it was and who was needed. Many of the cottages are now holiday homes so you may even get a chance to stay in one.

5. Holy Isle…

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Located off Arran’s east coast in Lamlash Bay, Holy Isle has an ancient spiritual heritage stretching back to the 6th century. At the north of the island there is the Centre for World Peace and Health, sleeping up to 60 guests, where ongoing retreats and courses take place for groups, personal retreats or holiday breaks. A closed Buddhist retreat takes place at the south of the island. Visitors are welcome to visit Holy Isle for the day and are welcome all year round. The island is divided into several areas, some of which are reserved for birds and animals, others for a native tree planting programme. For more information see www.holyisland.org and for getting there call the Holy Isle Ferry on 01770 600998 or email tomin10@tiscali.co.uk

6. King’s Caves

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Incorporated into a wonderful short circular walk on Arran’s west coast are a series of natural sea caves, one of which is famed for Robert the Bruce’s alleged encounter with a spider and responsible for the famous saying ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try try again’. Historically the caves may have been inhabited by ancient man, and there are fragile ancient carvings on the walls consisting of early Christian religious images, and Pictish symbols.


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past

history and culture

Arran has a history that dates back as far as the Stone Age, perhaps as far as 7000BC, and today we can still see some of the structures created by its earliest inhabitants. Arran was part of the kingdom of Dalriada through the Bronze and Iron Ages, with Gaelic speaking inhabitants being ruled from Ireland. In the 6th century, Christianity arrived with the founding of a monastery by St Brendan at Kilpatrick. As the years passed, Arran fell into the hands of Viking invaders, the Celts, the English, the Stewart and MacDonald Clans. Like so much of Scotland, there is a rich heritage of feuds, battles and complex politics. Arran has always had a small population, but the imposed evictions of the Highland Clearances in the 1800s meant that many islanders had to set sail to North America in search of a better life. However, the introduction of regular ferry sailings helped Arran build a reputation as a holiday destination by the early 20th century.

Brodick Castle

You can find out much more about Arran’s fascinating history at the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, just north of Brodick. Contact : 01770 302636


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machrie standing stones

geology

Machrie Moor is at the heart of this wider ancient landscape, both physically and spiritually. Here are the remains of no fewer than six closely grouped stone circles, while the immediate surrounding area comes complete with chambered cairns, and hut circles. Access to the Machrie Moor stone circles is via the Moss Farm Road. This is a track heading east from the A841 some 200yds south of the bridge where the main road crosses the Machrie Water and about three miles north of Blackwaterfoot. Access from the main road is on foot, and taking a tour of the stone circles into account, together with small side excursions to standing stones and cairns not actually on the track, you are likely to have walked three miles by the time you return to your car.

Arran is a very popular location for geologists due to its varied landscape. The Highland Boundary Fault runs East-West through the middle of the island creating two different settings. The Northern part of the island is characterised by a rugged, hilly terrain, where the mountain of Goatfell rises to a height of 874m. The southern half has gentler more rolling hills and glens. About 60 million years ago the landscape would have been dominated by a huge volcano. When this volcano eventually collapsed, it left an imprint almost 5km in diameter, which can still be seen today. During the last 2 million years, Arran has had its landscape sculpted by several periods of major glaciations. The island was covered by thick ice sheets, scraping and shaping the rock. The weight of these ice sheets was so great, that it caused the underlying rocks to become depressed. When the ice melted, the rocks began to rise upwards once more, creating the raised beach around most of Arran’s coastline, with the ancient sea cliffs now slightly inland.


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You can stop wondering what to do today.

BRODICK CASTLE, GARDEN AND COUNTRY PARK Take in the impressive interiors of the castle, then explore the colourful garden and trails, waterfalls and wildlife in the Country Park. A wonderful combination of heritage, nature, walking and relaxation. Tearoom, shop and picnic area. Isle of Arran. COUNTRY PARK

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Tel: 0844 493 2152

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Pure charm.

Why not visit us at our distillery today? Shop { Distillery Tours (including tasting) { Café

Opening times: Summer (March – October) 7 days 10am till 6pm Tours – 10.30, 11.40, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30pm Winter (November – March) Mon, Wed, Sat and Sunday 10am till 4pm, or by appointment. Tours – 10.30, 11.40 and 2.30pm

Contact us at: Distillery and Visitor Centre, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HJ Take the No.324 bus from Brodick Tel: +44 (0) 1770 830264 Email: visitorcentre@arranwhisky.com www.arranwhisky.com

Get into the festival spirit. At the Arran Malt and Music Festival Saturday 30th June 2012.


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shop

A wee island dram.

retail therapy

shopping

Arran’s retail experience always includes a good dose of incredible sightseeing plus a big spoonful of local chat thrown in for free!

Those who need quicker retail medication can visit one of the main island villages of Lamlash, Brodick or Whiting Bay. Here you will find a selection of independent studios, galleries and interesting gift shops as well as local shops for daily needs. There’s always a beach within a few steps to stroll along for the retail adverse partner to enjoy.

The spectacular scenery and friendly community has meant many talented artisans have settled on Arran, so there’s a plethora of retail therapies to choose from. Look out for local art exhibitions that are often staged throughout the year. The island is home to some acclaimed international businesses including Arran Aromatics and the Arran Distillery, each with their own shops offering you numerous opportunities to buy a little sample of Arran.

More intensive retail therapy sessions are available at the Old Byre Showroom in Machrie, Home Farm and Cladach Visitor Centre (just towards the castle in Brodick). Each centre offers a variety of unusual island treasures just waiting to be discovered along with tea and cakes!

For those seeking a calm slow injection of retail therapy we recommend you venture around the island. Take in the sea air whilst seeking out the signs pointing to unusual retail sanctuaries offering local artisan delights and of course the local tipple. There are lots of reasons to stop along the way for wildlife spotting, stone skimming, refreshments and a wee sneaky look into your bags of goodies!

Why not take home some delicious Arran treats just to continue your relaxing experience for a few moments longer……

A trip to Arran is therapy - of the retail kind. The island doesn’t do high street chains, parking meters or traffic jams.

Local tip - Arran is a fantastic stress free place for Christmas shopping.


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Studio 4

A working jewellery studio and art gallery. The paintings and sculpture on exhibition are selected to appeal to collectors of contemporary work by professional artists. Jewellery is made on the premises by Barbara Young. Shore Road, Lamlash, Isle of Arran Tel:01770 600919 beyoung@ymail.com


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eating out...

As you’d expect, with great food producers on the island there are also some great places to enjoy eating it; from award winning restaurants, to stylish beach side cafes and bistros. There’s a real enthusiasm for using home grown produce and a multitude of mouth watering ways in which to taste it. You’ll find Robin Gray’s fresh herbs used to garnish and flavour dishes all over the island and Arran malt whisky used in lots of local recipes. Island Cheese, Wooleys famous oatcakes, Creelers mouthwatering smoked fish and other goodies, plus fresh produce from Kilmory from the Torrylinn Creamery. Seek out some of Arran’s unique dishes as you travel around and don’t be afraid to try the truly wonderful tastes created by the island’s talented and creative chefs. Many of Arran’s establishments offer takeaway menus as well, so you can eat out in the comfort of your own home. For Arran goodies when you are not lucky enough to be here, order at www.taste-of-arran.co.uk.

Newly built licensed Cafe Thyme at the Old Byre Showroom, Machrie. Teas, coffees, homebaking and an exciting new lunch menu not experienced anywhere else. Tel: 01770 840227


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Eden Lodge

A small, friendly hotel located in Whiting Bay on the idyllic Isle of Arran. Convenient for all of Arran’s many activities, we offer really comfortable accommodation and great home cooking, homely well stocked bar and regular events in the popular Bar Eden. We are situated on the beach

Forest walks to Glenashdale

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18 hole Whiting Bay Golf

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Course is only a ten minute Quiz Night every Monday at 8pm Open Folk Session every Sunday 2-6pm

Call 01770 700357

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eighteen69 restaurant + lounge Scottish contemporary dining

Open seasonally Tuesday to Saturday for dinner.

brambles s e a fo o d + g r i l l real fresh laid back dining

Open daily for coffees, cakes, lunches and dinner.

cruize brasserie + bar eclectic dining for all the family

Open seven days a week for breakfasts, snacks,

drinks, coffees, cakes, lunch, dinner or take away.

Booking advised for eighteen69 and brambles. Children’s menus available in all restaurants.

wine + dine brodick isle of arran 01770 302234

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taste a taste of arran

big tastes from a small island Fuelled by an abundance of natural resources, the island’s energetic ‘Taste of Arran’ network of food and drink producers has put the island firmly on the Scottish foodie map. The diverse selection of natural ingredients, high-quality local produce, and great restaurants combine to make Arran one of the UK’s finest Food destinations. The range of food and drink is impressive: from every-day essentials like freshly baked bread and traditional Scottish oatcakes, fruit preserves and mustards, locally produced and pasteurised milk and cream, and a whole host of cheeses, to indulgent treats such as traditional dairy ice creams & sorbets, handmade chocolates, real ales and single malt whisky. Seasonal produce includes herbs and vegetables grown in fertile volcanic soil, locally reared beef and succulent blackface lamb which is bred, reared and slaughtered within the space of just a few miles.

Fairtrade Island Arran has some 57 retail outlets, organisations and eateries that use Fair Trade products spread across the island. The Fairtrade system seeks to ensure fairer terms of trade for disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries. The Fairtrade mark guarantees: Farmers a fair and share price for their produce. Farmers and plantation workers the opportunity to improve their lives. Greater respect for the environment through sound farming practices. Small farmers a stronger position in world markets and a closer link between producers and consumers. Arran has been certified as a Fair Trade Island as it meets the criteria laid down by the The Fairtrade Foundation. The group has been working hard since 2007 to reach this certification and continue to do so.


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With more artisan food producers than any other area of Scotland, Arran is a great place to discover more about the people and the processes behind the renowned produce. During your stay you could find yourself touring the whisky distillery or micro-brewery, watching cheese making or meeting local producers at the regular farmers market in Kilmory. The ‘Arran Brand’ is becomingly increasingly well recognised and is synonymous with excellence; you’ll find our island produce on the menus of some of the country’s leading restaurants including Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles and The Kitchin in Leith, but there’s no better place to sample the delights of the Arran larder than on the island itself. Look out for seasonal local produce on restaurant menus and pick up some great gifts to take home at many of the well stocked local shops dotted throughout the island.

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Arran Produce.

For many years venison was a little known meat, partly because it was in short supply and partly because it was considered difficult to cook. All that has changed; venison is much in demand as a delicious, healthy product and features on the menus of many restaurants.

Management of the herd of red deer that live on the north part of Arran is necessary for two reasons P first, to make sure that the numbers of deer are in balance with the land they live on and secondly, to maximise the value of the meat that is an important by-product of the process. There are some 1300 deer on Arran and to keep their numbers in balance a proportion of them are culled each year by professional deer stalkers.

It has become so popular that the venison produced in Scotland no longer meets the demand that exists in the UK and imports from New 3 ealand and from some countries in Europe have to make up the shortfall. You can read much more about it by logging on to www.scottish-venison.info

Deer stalking is hard work P you can walk for many miles before finding a beast suitable for culling and that’s only the beginning. You then have to get to within range of it and once it has been shot you have to gralloch it and bring it home P often several miles over rough and difficult ground. Even then the day is not over, because the carcass still has to be made ready for the game dealer and taken to the chill!

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fun family fun

Exploring Arran?s Lamlash Fishing Bay & and Past. Holy Isle. Crabbing.

day tripping?.... Then try playing crazy golf on Brodick sea front, fun for all ages, before a short meander along the beaches to go seal spotting in front of Brodick Castle, which also features an adevnture play park, guided tours, bogle spotting (little ones love it!) and fabulous ornamental gardens.

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The Kinloch Hotel in Blackwaterfoot has an indoor swimming pool, squash courts and a snooker room. Enjoy the journey back around the island, stopping along the way in lovely gift shops and taking stunning photos of the scenic Holy Isle in Lamlash Bay.

Back in Brodick, finish off your day with a fun filled visit to the Auchrannie Spa Resort, swim in the Head over the String Road to the Old Byre Showroom at pools, play badminton, tennis, Machrie and paint you own pottery, play outdoors, enjoy some bowls, and more in the huge sports retail therapy, so much to do. Eat a hearty home baked lunch, or hall. Then let the wee ones loose in a slice of delicious cake in The Coffee Shop. the new Playbarn, Cruize soft play area and teen zone, with a kids Then head on to Blackwaterfoot, try pony trekking, junior teatime buffet. Mum and dad can golfing or a game of tennis or bowls at Shiskine Golf Club! relax at the end of a busy day.

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the arran passport is a great way to entertain the kids and at the same time explore the island. It will keep them occupied for hours and allow you to enjoy the wonders of Arran. When you purchase a copy of the Arran passport you will be given a set of sealed answers to the questions, so at the end of another exciting day, sit down and just see how well the kids did with their exploring!

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golfing Brodick.

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The sea shimmers in the spring sunshine while the inviting green tempts you to play a bold four iron P maybe it’s the revitalising air or the unique island atmosphere that seems to make the ball fly longer and straighter. Arran packs in an amazing seven courses making it a veritable golfer’s seventh heaven, eighth and even nineteenth! The island is also well served for other golfing facilities including a driving range at Balmichael near Blackwaterfoot and two well stocked pro shops at Brodick and Shiskine, both with a wide range of golfing goods and tuition. Why not take advantage of the Arran Golf Pass?

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This entitles you to one round of golf on each of Arran’s seven golf courses any time in one year. Simply book your tee-time in advance by phone turn up and play! The Arran Golf Pass offers great value compared to the costs of paying to play each of the courses individually. The Arran Golf Pass is available from any of the clubs. Simply pay at the pro-shop or starter’s box and receive your Arran Golf Pass immediately.


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There’s something very unique about Arran golf. It’s the number of courses and the variety, the bars and the tea shops. Seven courses, some 18 holes, some 9 holes, and even one 12 hole course. Some fairly flat, some rather hilly, and some will test your lungs as well as your golf. All will give you a warm welcome, and remind you of the time when golf was fun. When you come off the ferry at Brodick, head for Goatfell (you can’t miss it) You’ll easily find the golf course. If you’re a golfaholic, you’ll come the first weekend in June for the Arran Open. Enjoy the mountain vistas, but concentrate crossing the Rosaburn, a bad shot might give the kayaks more adventure than they bargained for. Heading off clockwise round the island, you’ll come to Lamlash - It’s worth going for the view of the Holy Isle from the 1st green. If you reach the turn unscathed, you should be on for a score, but watch out at the 18th - you might be needing that chain saw after all. Next up - Whiting Bay - small greens, some look fairly flat, but it’s said only two don’t slope to the sea - which ones? Play it and find out for yourself, but don’t be too aggressive with your shot to the 18th green, or your ball may beat you to the bar. North to Shiskine - Why worry about the missing six holes - who decided a round of golf should be 18 holes anyway? Just don’t look for the course at Shiskine, you’ll find it at Blackwaterfoot. Blind shots might frustrate you the first time round, but that’s a great excuse for playing it again, and using the signal at the Himalayas. Move on to “Royal” Machrie, a lovely wee 9 holes, looking across to Kintyre. The whole family will love it. And then as far north as you can go without leaving Arran (and why would you want to?) you’ll come to Lochranza - an opportunity to see the wildlife up close, but if a watching stag affects your putting stroke, you can steady your nerves with a dram at the distillery. And finally, but not least, to Corrie- another course in the “wrong place” - there’s no golf course at Corrie, you’ll find it at Sannox, before you get there! Perhaps the most scenically stunning on the island, but watch out if you play in the evening, as the sun is going down, you might find yourself being watched by the devil…… Lamlash Bay & Holy Isle.


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walking Red Deer.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just fancy a leisurely family stroll, Arran has it all. Mountains, ridge walks, scrambles, cross-island epics, the Coastal Way, easy (or hard!) forest trails or a stroll around the castle gardens. There truly is something for everyone on this 250 sqm paradise.

arran’s coastal way walk Opened in 2003, the coastal way is a continuous 100km (60 mile) route around the dramatic coast of the island, much of which cannot be seen from the road and is beautifully quiet and unspoilt. The Coastal Way can easily be completed in 5 to 7 days and will be achievable for most reasonably fit walkers. The route takes in superb (but sometimes rough, muddy and bouldery!) coastal paths and forest tracks. The countryside is rich in prehistoric, geological and wildlife interest and the route includes two inland alternative routes. Sections of the Coastal Way can also be done as single day walks. Further details can be found on www.coastalway.co.uk.

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Lucy Wallace Mountain Leader NTS Ranger Service at Brodick Castle Arran Adventure Company

adventurous outings There’s a host of classic mountain routes on Arran, from novice grades to die-hard mountaineer or rock climbing routes. The highest and most climbed peak is Goatfell, just short of a Munro at 874m, but don’t let this lack of Munro status put you off, Arran’s mountains are technically equal to any in Scotland. You could try the classic “Three Beinns” walk, which starts and finishes in Glen Rosa, Brodick. It’s a strenuous, mountain horseshoe ridge taking in Beinn Nuis, Beinn Tarsuinn and Beinn a’Chliabhain, all over 625m in height. A full day’s walk, rewarded by fantastic views and great wildlife. There are, of course, loads of other walks to choose from.

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Sleeping Warrior

The island lies in the Firth of Clyde between Ayr and Kintyre. The profile of the north Arran hills as seen from the Ayrshire coast is a wellknown sight referred to as the "Sleeping Warrior" due to its resemblance to a resting human figure. The highest of these hills is Goatfell at 874 metres (2,870 ft), and there are three other Corbetts all in the north east; Caisteal Abhail, Cir Mhor and Beinn Tarsuinn. Bheinn Bharrain is the highest peak in the north west at 721 metres (2,370 ft).

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easier walking Arran is packed full of easy strolls, coastal, moorland, forest and hill walks. Here’s a small selection you could try: Brodick Castle, 3 waymarked trails from 2.5km to 5km, easy to moderate graded walks on undulating forestry roads and rough paths. Lamlash, Lagaville Walks, 1 to 2 km, easy to moderate forest walks on paths starting from the Dyemill forest car park, a few hundred metres past the Arran Provisions factory on the Ross Road. Blackwaterfoot Area, King’s Cave, 5km easy to moderate walk, taking in woodland, moorland and coastal terrain on good, undulating, sometimes muddy paths. Start at clearly marked forest car park between Blackwaterfoot and Machrie. Sannox, Fallen Rocks, 4km, easy walk on good flat coastal paths. Park at North Sannox Picnic Site. There are also some steep forestry walks starting from here. Arran Mountain Festival 18th-21st May 2012 see www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk for details

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Sensible walking shoes or boots and appropriate clothing should be worn and taken for all walks. A compass, Ordnance survey map, whistle and mobile phone (which may not work in all areas) are recommended and essential for more adventurous outings.

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cycling Road Cycling on Arran?s West Coast.

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The bicycle has a long association with Arran. Many mainland clubs and leisure cyclists since Victorian times have traditionally used the coast road as a perfect day out between ferries.

Within the last ten years mountain biking has become very popular on Arran, not surprising given the ideal terrain and facilities available.

This tradition continues strongly today, with thousands of cyclists every year visiting the island on two wheels and many more with bikes strapped to vehicles for use during the family holiday. Even with Arran’s few roads, several excellent and varied routes can be cycled, most including some hills but all with stunning views making the hard work completely worthwhile.

There are endless natural trails to explore, especially on the island’s east side, most of Arran’s forests have tracks and paths running through them, perfect for mountain biking. Unusually the high mountains are devoid of suitable biking trails due to their extreme and rugged nature, but this initial disappointment is more than made up for by the sheer number of quality tracks and trails everywhere else on the island. All of Arran’s mtb routes are shared with other trail users such as walkers, horse riders, dogs, etc. When riding the trails, you are advised to take great care and act responsibly when meeting other people. There are three bike hire companies in Brodick Arran Adventure Co. Arran Power & Sail and the Boat House - all hiring good quality mountain bikes, with Arran Adventure also offering instructed and guided sessions.


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Over the Cock of Arran to Laggan Cottage.

routes Both mountain biking and road cycling routes can be found at www.arranbikeclub.com/cycling where brief descriptions relate to the accompanying map to give a flavour of what to expect. The Arran Bike Club has also been busy producing downloadable detailed mtb route guides. Using the island’s exciting mix of trails, tracks, and technical singletrack, they've created many varied routes from this exciting network, adding in their own Arran style singletrack to link loops together where required. The graded mtb routes below, with descriptions can be downloaded from the arran bike club website with many more on the way in the near future. Easy - Trail Terrain - achievable by most novices Kilmory Forest loop 10km on undulating forest roads and tracks Moderate - Trail / Technical Terrain - previous experience required Castle Route 10km up and around the back of Brodick castle Glencloy Route 10km mixed terrain with climbs and descents Hard - Technical Terrain - proficient mountain bikers only Clauchlands Route 18km including some of Arran’s best single track Laggan Loop 25km wild and remote including some beach and road Extreme - Technical Terrain / Enduro - proficient & fit Arran Classic Route 35km a big day out with lots going on Arran End to Enduro 45km from north to south with only 3km of road

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adventure

Gorge Walking at North Glen Sannox.

activity providers Arran Adventure Company 01770 302244 Arran Power and Sail 01770 302377 Ocean Breeze RIB Tours 01770 820356

adventure island Arran is a unique place in which to experience amazing outdoor adventure activities for all levels of ability. It’s taken a few million years but it does feel like Arran was created for adventure. There are so many spectacular natural features to use and explore in such a relatively compact area, plus there’s a multitude of historical sites scattered all over the island, proving that even Arran’s earliest inhabitants had a thirst for adventure. Most of these sites can be visited by the more adventurous among us and are used by the island’s adventure professionals, either as attractions or venues from which to base their activities. If you’ve got the appropriate kit, there’s nothing to stop you heading off and creating your own adventures. If you’re not quite that confident or you need to hire equipment, the islands local guides and activity providers are always on hand to lead, instruct and advise.

Arran Bike Club www.arranbikeclub.com NTS Ranger Service 01770 302462 Dougarie Estate 01770 840259 Forestry Commission 01770 302218 Flying Fever 01770 303899

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Powerboating.

activities Sea Kayaking.

The local NTS rangers and Lucy Wallace will keep you safe whilst walking Arran’s stunning mountains. The Forestry Commission and Dougarie estate offer field sports and hunting, whilst Flying Fever can take you up and away on various paragliding sessions, from novice to advanced.

Powerboating is a real blast around Arran’s shores with something for everyone, from exhilarating speed trips to sedate wildlife and sightseeing tours, a circumnavigation of the island is a must. With two providers, based in Brodick and Lamlash, there’s a great choice of journeys to choose from.

Adventure activities such as gorge walking, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and archery can all be enjoyed at the Arran Adventure Company in Brodick. These activities take you to some of Arran’s wonderful natural sites where fully qualified instructors provide your The Arran Bike Club offers equipment and allow you to safely enjoy the experience. information and advice with an open

invitation to join their mountain bike Sea kayaking has become very popular around Arran, not rides. Mountain Walks and Wildlife Watching www.arranwildwalks.co.uk info@arranwildwalks.co.uk 07825 644161

surprising really given the island’s stunning coastline. Arran Adventure Co. specialise in providing all levels of kayaking, from novice sessions to multi day camping trips around the island. It’s a fantastic way of seeing Arran’s natural beauty and wildlife under your own steam.


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thrill lamlash bay ‘no-take zone’

Seabed Treasure Trove One of Arran’s secret treasures is the community marine reserve in Lamlash Bay. Established in 2008 by local volunteers at the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) the area between the north of Holy Isle and Arran is Scotland’s first and only No Take 3 one and an important marine habitat. A ten minute bus ride from Brodick and a scenic walk along Shore Road will take you to a picnic spot overlooking the reserve and Holy Isle. Alternatively you can explore the bay by boat ride from Lamlash Pier. The coastal waters of Arran and Lamlash Bay are home to an astonishing but threatened range of creatures and plants. Along the shores of Lamlash Bay these include inquisitive harbour seals which can be seen hauled out on the rocks, playful otters, truculent oystercatchers, elegant heron, shag colonies and curlews all shifting and adjusting to the constant rhythm of the tides. Amongst the rocks slippery seaweeds tangle with sea snails, limpets, shore crabs and sea anemones which look and feel like sticky sweets.

In the rock pools you will find nearly see-through prawns and scuttling hermit crabs. Get really close to barnacles in pools and you will glimpse tiny feathery hand-like cirri clasping for suspended food particles. Peak under a boulder and you might find a butterfish with its black-spotted dorsal fin. To protect these creatures the No Take 3 one means it is not permitted to remove any of these creatures or plants from the designated area. Under the curving waves, which can throw seaweed and sand all over Shore Road during storms, a yet more varied diversity of life exists. In the marine reserve this includes maerl, a pink slow growing coralline seaweed, as hard and brittle as rock. This is easily damaged by bottom trawling and dredging and one of the reasons the area is protected. The maerl provides complex habitat and nursery grounds for juvenile fish such as cod.

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visit The Holy Isle

Located off the picturesque Lamlash Bay, Holy Isle has an ancient spiritual heritage stretching back to the 6th century. Visitors are welcome all year round.

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The founder and vision holder of the Holy Isle Project is Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master in the Kagyu tradition. Lama Yeshe is also Abbot of Samye Ling Monastery in Dumfriesshire, where he lives most of the year. At the north of the island there is the Centre for World Peace and Health where an ongoing retreat and course programme takes place. They also welcome guests to stay at the Centre for personal retreats or holiday breaks. A closed Buddhist retreat takes place at the south of the island. As well as staying at the Centre, you are invited to visit Holy Isle for the day. Take a lovely trip on the ferry from Lamlash pier, regailed by wonderful stories from Tom and Jim. The island is divided into several areas, some of which are reserved for birds and animals, others for their native tree planting programme.

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In 1990, Lama Yeshe was approached by Mrs Kay Morris, who owned Holy Isle together with her husband. Mrs Morris, a devout Catholic, had been instructed by Mother Mary in a dream to pass Holy Isle to him, to be used for peace and meditation - but the asking price was an impossible sum for Lama Yeshe to come up with. After acquiring the island, there was much work to be done. The buildings both at the north and the south end had been uninhabited for years and were in a semi-derelict state. It took many years of hard work by dedicated volunteers to make the facilities what they are now. At present, there are three types of large mammals living on Holy Isle: the Eriskay ponies, Soay sheep and Saanen goats, and a rich variety of wildlife... The island can be ideally explored by foot, but they request visitors to stay on the paths and not to take animals onto the island. see www.holyisle.org


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Scotland’s Golf Island

play all seven courses & driving range with the Arran Golf Pass

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SHISKINE

GOLF & TENNIS CLUB

THIS UNIQUE, UNSPOILED 12 HOLE LINKS COURSE IS SET IN MAGNIFICENT SCENERY WITH SPLENDID VIEWS OVER TO THE MULL OF KINTYRE. WELL STOCKED PRO SHOP WITH CLUBS FOR HIRE.

MACHRIE BAY GOLF & TENNIS CLUB

The course is beside the sea with fantastic views over the Kilbrannan Sound towards the Kintyre Peninsula. The 9 hole Course is ideal for golfers of all abilities.

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arty farty arran get crafty

Arran is and always has been a magnet for the artistic and craftily talented; from John Maclauchlan Milne early last century, through Jim Gorman and the Paton father and daughter to the fantastic array of today’s artists and crafts-folk, living and working on Arran. The standard of work on the Island is fantastically high. For such a small working population we probably have more resident talent than any other area in the country - world class painters and sculptors; potters, jewellers, leather workers, almost every other skill you could wish for. There are now more landscape photographers skulking around the island than you can shake a telescopic ski-stick at! All the major villages have at least one gallery with something for all tastes. If you search you can find everything from a wee present for granny to a centre-piece item for the new house or garden. As well as looking out for big fat seals and excitable cyclists (or is it the other way around?) whilst touring around the coast, keep an eye out for signs pointing to local workshops and galleries. There is something extra special about buying from the actual artist or artisan.

Lots of interesting gems can be found at and around Cladach at the bottom of the Goatfell path (and even a brewery if you regard beer making as a ‘craft’) The Old Byre at Machrie now has more outlets of interest to those looking for original local produced work. The Arran Art Gallery in Whiting Bay has an ever changing array of local artwork. Lochranza, Kilmory and Corrie have an annual exhibition in their village halls and there is always the pre-Christmas extravaganza held in the auspicious surroundings of Brodick Castle. Remember that many of the Island’s hotels and eating places exhibit local artists and photographers, ask the staff and you may end up feeding the soul as well as the belly! Check out 22 artists at the first ever Arran Open Studios August 10th - 13th see www.arranart.com


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Long famed for its scenic beauty, and its reputation as Scotland in Miniature, this island demonstrates nothing “miniature” about its musical talent.

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From a population of around five thousand, Arran’s musicians produce music from most genres all year round. This ranges from the traditional Scottish music that you might expect, through pipes and drums to rock bands. From country to choral and choirs. From jug and jazz, and music & drama to folk. A musical tour of the island will bring you the Lochranza choir, folk, country and jug music in Catacol, folk and country in Blackwaterfoot, Kildonan, and Whiting Bay. The Rowan singers in Lamlash and the Music & Drama club in Brodick. You’ll find various ceilidh bands along the way, a roving Jazz CafO Band, some bluegrass and The Music & Drama Club (formerly the Gilbert & Sullivan Society) regularly perform such diverse musicals such as Caberet, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweeney Todd, Guys & Dolls, and Bad Girls. Arran is neither rigid nor frigid in its musical taste and adaptability.

Arran has seen the birth of several bands which have gone on to be both nationally and internationally recognised such as ‘Back of The Moon’,’ The Moonshiners’ and ‘Robyn & Amie’. The Music & Drama Club (formerly the Gilbert & Sullivan Society) regularly perfom such diverse musicals such as Caberet, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweeney Todd, Guys & Dolls, and Bad Girls. A new group, ‘Fish’n’Ships’, emerged in 2011 to welcome the Tall Ships to the Maritime Festival in June and their enthusiastic and capable renditions of sea shanties, fishing and seafaring songs proved so popular that they have continued ever since. The Annual Folk Festival in June is moving from strength to strength and excels in its efforts to bring world class musicians to the island and the opportunity for both locals and visitors alike to experience them. So, coming to Arran can, and should be, a full sensory experience. Your eyes can feast on its beauty, our many fine restaurants can satisfy your taste buds, and to relax in the evening, you can plan your trip to take in some very fine live music. Oh yes, and Arran also welcomes visiting musicians so bring your instruments and join in!


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links just o’er the watter!

Don’t miss out on Ayrshire Situated on the beautiful Clyde Coast, Ayrshire has it all and more. Beautiful scenery, fascinating history, outdoor activities, some of the finest golf courses in the world, superior accommodation and gourmet dining. Ancient castles, stunning country parks and gardens, bustling market towns and captivating visitor attractions are all on offer. Whether you're looking to get away from it all, have an action-packed break, visit friends & family or just uncover the hidden delights, there is something here for everyone.

The Jewel in Ayrshire’s Crown Culzean Castle and Country Park, situated on a cliff-top near Maybole, is often described as the 'Jewel in the Crown' for the National Trust of Scotland. Vikingar, Culzean Castle, the Burns Museum and the Scottish Maritime Museum are just some of the venues created to tell the story of the area and its people through the ages. Discover them at your leisure.


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Make SimpsInns your first port of call Restaurant : Bar : Hotel 10 mins from Ardrossan Ferry

Restaurant : Bar : Hotel 15 mins from Ardrossan Ferry

Restaurant : Bar

5 mins from Ardrossan Ferry

"With an unbeatable score of 25/25 I can prom you it ticked allise the right boxes." - TamCowan on the Old Loans Inn

Three Great Venues

Marine Drive, Gailes, Irvine, KA11 5AE www.gaileshotel.com T: 01294 204040

Main Street, Loans, Troon, KA10 7EX www.oldloansinn.co.uk T: 01292 315976

Ardrossan Road, Seamill, West Kilbride, KA23 9NG www.watersideayrshire.com T: 01294 824414


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arran events 2012 Despite its small size, Arran is host to a wide range of events and activities. Here are just some of the highlights, not forgetting the many village galaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, fun weeks, hill races, open golf tournaments and sporting events. The Hoofed Lady Festival, Friday 11th - Sunday 13th May 2012. A weekend festival of music and art. www.arranevents.com Arran Mountain Festival, 18th - 21st May 2012. Iconic mountain walks and scenery with a diverse range of activities and great evening events. www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk Arran Folk Festival, 14th - 17th June 2012. A week full of concerts from both top class acts and local musicians, plus open folk sessions, all at venues across the island. www.arranevents.com Arran Agricultural Show, 1st August 2012. Arran's big farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show usually held in Lamlash, stalls, events, competitions, fun for the whole family. Brodick Highland Games, 4th August 2012. Heavy events, track and field, solo piping and highland dancing competitions. Lots of authentic highland traditions, including caber tossing. Arran Open Gardens, August tbc. Organised by Arran Garden Club. Beautiful gardens around the island are open over 3 days, raising funds for a variety of local causes. Arran Viking Festival, August tbc. Held in Corrie and Sannox, fancy dress, games, stalls, events, competitions, bonfire and lots more, fun for the whole family. Arran Open Studios, 10th-13th August. A celebration of Arranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artists, visit the studios during this first weekend festival. The McLellan Arts Festival 13th August -9th September 2012. A week of high quality music, drama, arts and poetry. Santa's Sparkle Christmas Fair 1st - 2nd December 2012. Arran's terrific annual Christmas Fair takes place on Lamlash Green opposite the Glenisle Hotel

There are farmers markets, and special Christmas markets plus lots of other events which are regularly updated at www.visitarran.com


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getting about... General travel information to assist Arranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visitors both on and off the island.

by car The easiest is either the A71 from junction 8 of the M74 or the M77 from Glasgow onto the A71 at Kilmarnock. From the A71 at Irvine take the A78 to Ardrossan. by coach There are express coach links from all major UK cities via Glasgow and a good network of local bus services within Ayrshire to Ardrossan. The local Stagecoach bus service on Arran operates to and from each ferry sailing in Brodick. www.stagecoachbus.com/western Arran 01770 302000

by taxi Arran has several taxis and private hire vehicles, both Ardrossan and Brodick Harbours have taxi ranks but it is advisable to pre book rather than hope to flag one down. Brodick TIC 01770 303774 by sea The regular year round Calmac ferry between Ardrossan and Brodick takes 55 minutes. In summer a small ferry runs regularly between Lochranza and Clonaig on Kintyre, this is reduced to one crossing a day between Lochranza and Tarbert in Winter. www.calmac.co.uk 0800 066 5000 by rail Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a direct rail link from Glasgow Central station to Ardrossan Harbour which connects with each ferry. Glasgow has excellent rail links with the rest of the UK. www.scotrail.co.uk 08457 550033 www.travelinescotland.com 0871 200 2233 by air Glasgow Prestwick International Airport on the Ayrshire coast offers national and international flights, many at budget prices. Along with Glasgow City airport Arran is well served for travelling to by air with regular bus, taxi and train links to Ardrossan Harbour from both airports. www.ryanair.com www.gpia.co.uk

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Charles and Linda Fforde are proud to present a portfolio of unique estate properties to make the most of your holiday. Carefully renovated and tastefully decorated, you will be sure to find the ideal luxury base for your holiday. www.stay-arran.co.uk 01770 302813

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KILDONAN HOTEL

Experience the luxury of our country hotel situated directly on the beach at the southern tip of the island, looking over panoramic of Pladda Island, Ailsa Craig and beyond. Licensed for weddings and with a reception lounge, bar and beautiful dining room with some of the best views on the island. selection of the finest seafoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and local specialities on our menu all freshly prepared daily by our highly qualified chefs.

WWW.KILDONANHOTEL.COM THE LOCHRANZA HOTEL Country Inn

Proprietors: George & Fiona Stewart

The best of fresh local produce served in our attractive dining room or friendly and atmospheric bar with its enviable collection of malt whiskies and choice of real ales. All bedrooms are attractively and comfortably furnished, and all are fully equipped with en suite facilities, colour television, and tea/coffee hospitality tray.

www.lochranzahotel.co.uk 01770 830223

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Carrick Lodge Guest House - Brodick

Carrick Lodge Guest House is a beautiful sandstone building occuyping an elevated position only 450 yards from Brodick Pier. Sitting in its own attractive, mature gardens, Carrick Lodge enjoys enviable views across the Bay to Brodick Castle and Goatfell from its spacious lounge & dining room. Rooms are en-suite and fully equipped with tea /coffee making facilities, hairdryer, digital TV & free Wi-Fi.

t:01770 302550

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The family-run Lamlash Bay Hotel is at the centre of Lamlash, with XIBUNVTUCFPOFPGUIFmOFTUWJFXTPOUIFJTMBOEPWFSUPUIF)PMZ *TMF"HSFBUQMBDFUPFTDBQFGSPNUIFIVTUMFBOECVTUMFPGUIF NBJOMBOE JUTJEFBMGPSBMPOHPSTIPSUCSFBL8FXBOUZPVUPSFMBYBOE TPBLJOUIFTQFDJBMBUNPTQIFSFXFWFDSFBUFEIFSF

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Lilybank Guest House

on the shores of Lamlash Bay overlooking Holy Isle. Lilybank has been tastefully renovated and refurbished to provide the comfort, quality and facilities of a STB 4 Star Guest House. Free Wi-Fi throughout and car parking. Colin and June Richardson will provide the warmest of welcomes. www.lilybank-arran.co.uk 01770 600230

The Lamlash Bay Hotel

lamlashbayhotel@aol.co.uk

Shore Road, Lamlash KA27 8LU

www.lamlashbayhotel.co.uk

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A warm welcome to a traditional family run hotel with fantastic food, fine wines and log fires. Set amongst its own secluded gardens in the wooded hollow of Lagg.

Excellent service, ensuite accommodation, restaurant, bar and tranquil gardens make the Lagg Hotel the perfect holiday destination in the Scottish islands. The Lagg Hotel, Lagg, Kilmory, Isle of Arran. KA27 8PQ Email: info@lagghotel.com Phone: +44 (0) 1770 870 255 Fax: +44 (0) 1770 870250


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General? Only one voucher per transaction. Discount applies to lesser value ticket?s where applicable. Not applicable where group rate applies. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Original voucher must be surrendered. No photocopies accepted.

Arran Adventure ? Offer subject to availabilty at time of booking. Disco only available when booking in person at the Adventure Cabin, Auchrann Resort, Brodick. Voucher for single use only. Children under 13 must supervised by an adult. Vouchers valid until March 31st 2013

Again our huge thanks for assistance with the production & publication of the magazine. Claire Richardson - For the 4th year of production VisitArran Board of Directors And for amazing features, editorial, proofreading and photos: Milly Routledge Lucy Wallace Anne Roberts Joe Trickett COAST Arran Gerard Tattersfield

Mr Stephen Gibbs www.arranphotograpy.net Stuart Farrar Andy Surridge The Waverley

Terry & Heather Raeside Arran Art Gallery Andrew Walsh Arran Events Holy Isle


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COTTAGES &CASTLES

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LIVE THE DREAM FROM ONLY £410 PER WEEK Banner Cottage, Brodick, Isle of Arran. Light and airy with a cathedral ceiling, underfloor heating and four stars. From £30 per person, per night. Cottages & Castles. Where dreams and reality meet.

www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk

t: 01738 451 610


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