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What To See & Do 2010-11

Isle of Arran

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Welcome to the Isle of Arran Around the island Adventure island Seventh heaven Where giants live A feast of island goodies Those boots were made for walking A natural haven Big tastes from a small island Kids play Really relax

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Events & Festivals Visitor Attractions Leisure & Activities Quality Assurance Eating & Drinking Shopping Tours & Transport Ferry Timetables How to get here Map

Cover Holy Isle from Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran courtesy of Above The village of Corrie, Isle of Arran. Credits Photography: Scottish Viewpoint, Alister Firth, Keith Fergus, Paul Tomkins, Norman Burniston, Iain Sarjeant, Joan Brockie,

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Welcome to...

Isle of Arran Breathtaking skies and scenery are the backdrop of this stunning island.

Island no time Looking over the sea to Cumbrae and the peaks of Goatfell on the Isle of Arran.

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Around the island An inspiring place where the island’s past and present combine for an unforgettable getaway. Watch the landscape dramatically change in only a matter of miles, and experience each village’s own colourful character shine through.

‘The one thing that brings me back to Arran is the feeling of being on an amazing mini-adventure! ‘ Nick Nairn

Not just Scotland’s second largest island but also Scotland in Miniature, or at least that’s how the saying goes, the Isle of Arran is a true gem in the country’s south-west coast; providing an accessible and rewarding break from the mainland. Step off the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry at Brodick and it is hard to believe that Glasgow isn’t even an hour’s drive away, as the blue waters lap the beach and the towering Goat Fell dominates the skyline to the north, giving a taster of just some of what this unique island has to offer.

You can easily fill a day just following either one of the two main roads; the coastal route which leads up through Corrie and Sannox and onto Lochranza, or instead take the String road across the island to Shiskine and Blackwaterfoot.

Whether you’re over for a day trip or plan on making a holiday of it, one of Arran’s best features is its compact size and relative ease of getting around. On foot you can’t go wrong, as the beaches line the shores right round the island, and the influential Highland Boundary Fault effectively divides the landscape into Highland glens and peaks to the north and Lowland flats and intriguing coastal caves to the south.


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Back on the east coast and only a few miles south of Brodick is the charming village of Lamlash, which sits overlooking Holy Isle and, just five miles south, is historic Whiting Bay.



The island’s place in history becomes more evident as you follow the bay round, as prehistoric relics, a Viking burial mound at King Cross and even the Bronze Age ‘Giant’s Grave’ by Glenashdale Falls, all make for an adventurous and eye-opening island experience.


MAIn Brodick Bay, the Waverley steamer and the castle. 01 Kids playing on the beach at Kildonan. 02 Looking over to the Holy Isle. 03 Glen Rosa with the summit of Cir Mhor beyond.

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Adventure island Activate your heart and soul on Arran, Scotland’s very own outdoor adventure playground. With a daily choice of diverse activities from sea kayaking to braving plunging waterfalls, mountain biking to archery, it is no wonder Arran is a number one destination for thrill-seekers.


Arran’s rugged northern mountains are some of the oldest in the world. The awesome glens and iconic peaks are all beautifully complemented by the southern forests and rolling moorland, making the island perfect for any adventure. Try something new and memorable by spending a day with Arran Adventure, where gorge walking, rock climbing, sea kayaking and archery can all be packed into an itinerary. Flying Fever offer paragliding and there are pony trekking centres at North Sannox and Blackwaterfoot. Climb the 2,866ft to the top of Goatfell before taking a powerboat to the distillery at Lochranza with Arran Power and Sail to sample a wee dram or two. Time spent on the water gives a glimpse of Arran as the Celtic monks and Viking settlers would have seen it for the first time. Arran’s natural trails are perfect for mountain biking. Unlike most mountain bike venues which have man made routes, Arran’s natural trails have evolved over hundreds of years and

Main Enjoying a natural slide at Glenashdale Falls. 01 Gorge walking at Glenashdale Falls. 02 Sea kayaking round the island.



range from forest roads and easier tracks to challenging trails and technical single track. Arran’s roads have been cycled for generations, the full circumnavigation of the island is a single day classic but there are numerous other shorter routes to enjoy, especially when incorporating forest roads. The roads can be narrow, rough and twisty in places with some big climbs and fast descents meaning that, whilst you would not say that cycling on Arran was easy, it is great fun. If you take your time and enjoy the stunning scenery it will always be worth the effort! Find more detailed Arran cycling information at

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03 Stop for a breather on the beach at Brodick Bay. 04 Hike from the summit of Goatfell to Brodick Bay.

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scenery. Further around the north of the island, Lochranza has an 18-hole parkland course and the 9-hole parkland course of Machrie is situated on the west coast. Overlooking the Mull of Kintyre, Shiskine links is a unique 12-hole course named amongst the best 100 in Britain. Book here in summer as this famous course gets very busy. Whiting Bay, an undulating 18-hole parkland course, has stunning views of The Holy Isle whilst Lamlash is arguably the most challenging course on the island with very tight greens and some hazards running through the course. Open to visitors, there are a number of golfing events on the island each year, including the prestigious Arran Open.

Seventh heaven From moorland to parkland to links and quirky 12-holes, nowhere offers the variety and scenery of Arran. The island is home to seven memorable and diverse courses spread around the coast of the island with breathtaking sea and mountain views.


Covering six of the seven courses, with Lochranza Golf charging a set daily green fee, the Arran Golf Pass runs for 12 months at a great discounted rate. From the ferry, take a short walk along the shore to play Brodick, a beautiful parkland and links course. There is a licensed 19th hole and well stocked Pro shop with tuition available. Take a scenic drive past Brodick Castle to discover Corrie. This 9-hole course is set in the foothills of Glen Sannox with stunning

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Main Lamlash Golf Course overlooking the Holy Isle. 01 Brodick Golf Course. Brodick Castle nestles in the forest. 02 The undulating fairways at Lamlash Golf Club, Arran.

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Where giants live


Tales of local giants still resonate across the island and Neolithic standing stones offer a glimpse into the past. Arran has seen life on its shores for thousands of years and if you look closely, it can be seen all around you. Legend and folklore, passed down through countless generations, cloak Arran in an intriguing veil of mystery which, to this very day, still poses secrets and tales that remain unanswered.

With a history that is interwoven into everyday life, it is very hard to visit the island and not come face to face with reminders of the island’s ancient and eventful past. From the legends that surround the Stone Age standing stones on Machrie Moor, which dominate a moorland covered in the remains of early settlements, to the discovery of dinosaur footprints from a time when Arran sat on a different latitude altogether. Experience more recent history by visiting Brodick Castle, or take a walk to King’s Caves on the western shore of the island, where Robert the Bruce sought refuge before taking inspiration from a nearby spider which led him to claim victory at Bannockburn. If time is against you, take a tour of the Arran Heritage Museum in Brodick, for a wonderful snap shot of Arran life through the ages.

01 Standing stones on Machrie Moor. Main Brodick Castle at dusk. 02 King’s Caves on the Western Shore, Arran.

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Did you know? In 800 AD Arran was in a long period of Viking domination, and the great Olaf the White controlled the Firth of Clyde and anyone who crossed it. The first recorded ferry service to Arran was in 1684, when a sailing boat regularly left from Bute to the island before stopping due to a lack of demand.


Thanks to malt duty in the 1700s, which taxed brewers, smuggling became a popular island occurrence.

The village of Kilmory was reputably once the home of giants, with Claughaig Farm the supposed resting ground of local giant Ossian.

During both World Wars, Arran was used as a training ground for commandos thanks to its mountains, moors and beaches - and Lamlash even became a strategic naval base.

Once widely spoken across the island, Gaelic is thankfully making a slow comeback to Arran, as this ancient language is reintroduced to children in nurseries and classrooms.

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A feast of island goodies

Day visitors often do the Brodick Shopping Tour! Amble along the shorefront, pop into James’s Chocolate Shop for sweet treats, then Red Door for the ladies who like some sparkle in their lives (beware of the purse emptying). There’s also a children’s emporium at the back. Then on to Jolly Molly for an interesting selection of quirky interiors and great gifts. Take the scenic walk to Home Farm, home of the world famous Arran Aromatics, where you can watch the produce being created and packed into a little green paper bag full of treats to take home.

One of the West coast’s best kept secrets, Arran is a little island offering some serious retail therapy.

Just next door is the Island Cheese Company, watch the cheese being dipped into the famous wax wheels, sample some of the cheese of the day, and meander through the mouthwatering produce available in the shop. Pop into Soapworks to make your own Arran Aromatics soaps, create your own slush puppies, ice cream and popcorn in the new sweetie and gift shop, or just relax with coffee and cake from the café.

Enjoy an abundance of unique shops and, individual galleries and art studios, where nobody leaves without taking home a little (or a lot) of something to remember!

Finish the tour with a wander around the Cladach Visitor Centre, just over the road, before picking up some specialty ales. Take a tour of the award winning Arran Brewery and maybe take a Red Squirrel or a Milestone home. Then make a final stop at Arran Active, full of the latest outdoor gizmos and gear, and not just for those who intend to venture up the Cladach path to Goatfell.

A haven of the unusual, not only selling the local produce and crafts, but also discover a treasure trove of contemporary jewellery and gifts, fabulous artworks, interior nick nacks, and, thanks to the wide range of local produce on offer, Arran is a foodie’s paradise!

With the warm friendly welcome, no queues, no traffic jams or parking meters, it’s little wonder that Arran is such a well kept secret amongst the ladies (and men!) who love to shop...

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main Glass by Sheila Barr. 01 Arran Ale, locally produced to suit every taste. 02 Arran’s natural colours are an inspiration for artists. 03 Painting by Ed Hunter. 04 Paint your own art at Arran Glass & Ceramics, Shiskine.


Brodick and Lamlash have a feast of independent shops and galleries selling unusual goodies, but look a little further off the beaten track and the island has so much more to offer….

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Inspired by our the natural environment, many highly regarded photographers and artists have chosen Arran as their home, and much of their work can be seen displayed at the Arran Art Gallery in Whiting Bay. Or for those just here for the day short on time, visit the mini gallery in Auchrannie Spa Resort. To find out more about the Isle of Arran go to



Those boots were made for walking There is a terrific range of walks available on the island, from gentle coastal strolls to demanding mountain epics. Easy forest trails, ridge scrambles, great glens and a long distance route on the Arran Coastal Way mean you will not be disappointed.

Starting at the Goatfell sign in Corrie by the Corrieburn Bridge, follow the steep, narrow tarmac road up past High Corrie to bare right onto a woodland path. The significant height gained affords stunning views across the Clyde to Cumbrae, Great Cumbrae and Bute and the walk in towards north Goatfell provides an opportunity to spot the local red deer. The final ascent on to the ridge is quite steep but benefits from a clear and well defined path. Once on the ridge, the northern hills below are laid out in magnificent detail and special care should be taken on wet and windy days. Once on the ridge, turn left towards the actual summit of Goatfell.

Several paths exist across the gritty Stacach ridge, the most eastern of which bypass the granite torrs which require a head for heights and some scrambling. The ridge leads up onto the summit of Goatfell. From the trig point on the summit, a well defined path heads east along the main ridge, then south towards Brodick with Holy Isle and Brodick taking centre stage. The initial decline is steep and rocky, but once the shoulder of Meall Breac is reached, the path broadens to provide a gradual descent into Brodick.




Many of the wide network of trails also take in the island’s rich history and wonderful wildlife. The spectacular King’s Cave provides the focus for a pleasant hike and was reputedly the place where Robert the Bruce is said to have been inspired by the spider to try, try, try again. One of four Corbetts on the island and the highest mountain in the south of Scotland, an ascent of Goatfell is a more challenging option. Please ensure that you have correct equipment and maps before starting any walk and respect wildlife, flora and local landowners.

Goatfell Distance Approx. Time Height Gain OS Map: 361 Level of Difficulty


: 6 kilometres / 3.73 miles : 6 hours : 87m / 2866 ft : Isle of Arran : Moderate

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Main From Goatfell. 01 Overlooking Brodick Bay. 02 Walking at Glenashdale. 03 Machrie Moor. 04 Woodland trail. To find out more about the Isle of Arran go to


A natural haven Largely untouched and always breathtaking, Arran is the perfect haven for Scotland’s most evocative and eye-catching wildlife.

Explore with a local guide or lace up your boots and see for yourself. The range of moorlands, forests, coastline and mountainous peaks has created an enviable range of habitats unlike anywhere else in Scotland. The site of Scotland’s first No Take Zone, fishing or the removal of any marine life from Lamlash Bay is forbidden to protect this precious environment.


Even on the boat over, it is worth starting your wildlife sightseeing a little early, as the waters around the island are teeming with sea life, with harbour porpoises a common sight. A keen eye might even spot a rare minke whale, dolphins or a huge basking shark. These enormous sharks are the world’s second largest fish and bask harmlessly on the surface of the water feeding on plankton. Closer to shore, keep an eye out for elusive otters as they forage in the shallows. Distinctive due to their large white wings with black tips, look out for gannets overhead and, if you are really lucky, you might even spot a colourful puffin. On land, deer are commonly sighted across the deep glens of the north and flatter lands of the south, and high overhead you might just spot a soaring golden eagle or a pair of buzzards circling prey.


Main Deer at Lochranza. 01 Seals at Kildonan. 02 Golden eagle.


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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 it firmly on the foodie map.

A diverse selection of natural ingredients, quality local produce and great restaurants make Arran one of the UK’s finest food destinations.


At only 20 miles long and with a population of just 5,000, the range of food and drink available is more than impressive. There are everyday essentials such as freshly baked bread and traditional Scottish oatcakes, fruit preserves and mustards, locally produced and pasteurised milk and cream and a whole host of cheeses. Indulgent treats such as real dairy ice creams and sorbets, handmade chocolates, real ales and single malt whisky are also in plentiful supply.


tradition of Dunlop cheese making at the Island Cheese Company or meet local producers at the regular farmers’ market in Kilmory?

Seasonal produce includes herbs and vegetables grown in the fertile, volcanic soil, while locally reared beef and succulent blackface lamb is bred and reared within the space of just a few miles. 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 this renowned produce. During your break, why not tour the Isle of Arran Distillery or Arran Brewery, watch the age old 01 Fresh langoustines caught locally. 02 Single malt casks at Lochranza. 03 Local Arran cheeses. 04 Just desserts.


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05 Organic herb grower, Robin Gray at Whiting Bay.

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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Leisure & Activities Machine cinema which regularly brings the newest releases to the island for all to enjoy. With so much on offer, it’s not surprising that more families than ever are choosing to take a break on Arran. When I get to Arran I want to ….

Discover Viking ruins at King’s Cross Make sandcastles and explore rock pools on Kildonan beach Follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce and explore King’s Cave


Go ghost hunting in Brodick Castle

Kids play A giant play park of fun waiting to be discovered, Arran has more than enough to keep families entertained. Cycling, sailing, quad biking or walking, there’s plenty to be enjoyed by the family, young or the young at heart.

Arran is a year round family destination; why not book your holiday around one of the many events and festivals? There’s the Wildlife Festival in May, the Arran Folk Festival in June, or pick up an Arran Passport on the ferry so that kids can record every amazing sight they see.

The Isle of Arran offers the perfect island adventure. The compact size, accessible location and variety of activities guarantee a fun family holiday, whatever the season.

Rich in history, there are plenty of castles and ruins to see with theme days and guided walks. Look out for the bogels in Brodick Castle, which is also home to the island’s best children’s adventure playground.

The short ferry crossing from Ardrossan makes for an exciting start for little ones and can feel like a mini cruise for mums and dads. Discover cafés, lounges and a play room on board, and you can even bring the dog!

For those longing for adventure, try mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, gorge walking or archery at Arran Adventure, or whiz around the bay in a power boat skillfully skippered by Power & Sail.

Main Pirates on Brodick beach. 01 Bikes at the ready, to escape the ghosts at Brodick Castle. 02 Choosing a cycle route.


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There are also many activities available at Auchrannie spa resort with swimming pools, soft play, a teen zone and a full size games hall for some indoor sports.


Enjoy badminton, football or perhaps a spot of tennis or bowls. Look out for the mobile Screen


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Really relax

Arran is a truly relaxing haven with its laidback pace of life, tranquil surroundings and postcard perfect views. Soak up some prescribed relaxation and leave feeling amazingly refreshed. Let the island time wash over you as you step off the boat onto Arran. Leave the buzz of the mainland behind and it will soon be just a distant memory.


main Sunset at Lochranza Bay. 02 Stretch. 03 And relax.



The clean mountain air will refresh your spirit and venturing into the wilds will clear your head. Spend a day on a secluded, sandy beach, and let the sounds of the coast help you unwind. Even hardened city slickers will fall for the island’s charms. Treat yourself to a soothing therapy at Auchrannie spa resort, where you don’t have to be a guest to book. Sample healing reiki, yoga, holistic massages and alternative therapies. Or perhaps delve into a spiritual retreat on The Holy Isle? Home to a Buddhist community, it offers a unique and peaceful retreat for a few days or longer.

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Events and Festivals May 12 - 19 May Isle of Arran Wildlife Festival Various venues, Isle of Arran Aiming to bring people closer to the wildlife around them and promote conservation, this eight day extravaganza has over 70 events. There are guided walks, evening talks and lots of fun activities for families. Highlights also include boat trips and the Holy Isle walk.

15 May Goatfell Hill Race

17 - 23 July Lamlash Gala Week

12 - 19 September The McLellan Festival

Lamlash, Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran Named after the Scottish playwright and former islander, this cultural event celebrates with evenings of poetry, music, exhibition and film.

18 July The Shiskine Open

Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran


17 - 20 September Isle of Arran Mountain Festival

5 August Arran Agricultural Show Lamlash, Isle of Arran The island’s finest food and drink producers, farmers, suppliers and outdoor enthusiasts guarantee that this annual show is a highlight in Arran’s calendar.

Brodick, Isle of Arran

June 5 - 13 June Isle of Arran Folk Festival With over a full week of concerts and open sessions in venues across the island, the Arran Folk Festival is not to be missed. Top class international acts including Dougie MacLean, the Paul McKenna Band, Whirlypit and Breabach will be performing throughout the week, along with Arran’s own local musicians. This makes it one of the big events in the folk calendar. Various venues, Isle of Arran

7 - 8 June The Arran Open

Various venues, Isle of Arran

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Various venues, Isle of Arran

July 11 - 17 July Kildonan Fun Week Kildonan, Isle of Arran


7 August Brodick Highland Games Ormidale Park, Isle of Arran For a truly traditional event, prepare for heavy weights, athletics, highland dancing and more at this annual Highland gathering.

14 - 15 August Arran Viking Festival Uphellya Day

Isle of Arran A fun filled day of Viking boat races, Pictish face painting, a battle between Picts and Vikings from the longship, parade, burning of the longship, barbeque and fireworks. All culminating with Viking rock & roll in Corrie Hall.

Various venues, Isle of Arran The Arran Mountain Festival has evolved from what was the Outdoor and Walking Festival. Focussing on Arran’s iconic mountain walks, peaks and ridges, experienced and qualified local mountain leaders will guide you over high mountains and through lower glens, discussing Arran’s history, geology, flora and fauna as they go. There are also evening supporting events including local music and food.

November 13 - 16 November Brodick Castle Annual Art Festival Isle of Arran Festive events throughout December For more information on events, please visit All dates correct at time of print.

September 6 - 10 September Auchrannie Mixed Open Brodick Golf Club, Isle of Arran

01 Agricultural show. 02 Kayaking.

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A localWelcome If like the majority of our visitors you’ve been to Arran before, you’ve a fair idea of what the island has to offer. For example, you can: golf, hill walk, gorge walk, mountain climb, abseil, paraglide, road bike, trail bike, mountain bike, quad bike, kayak, sail, powerboat, fish, swim, pony trek and wildlife watch... Or Visit the spa, castle, museum, brewery, distillery, cheese shop, chocolate shop and Balmichael Centre.. or take in the Taste of Arran at any of our fine restaurants... Or participate in our signature festivals, wildlife, mountain, folk and arts. You can do all of this in a breathtaking mountain island setting. All of this, and easy access to the mainland, make our island a unique holiday destination. Robert Waine, Chairman VisitArran

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Visitor Attractions

D4 The Arran Brewery PPP Visitor Attraction


Learn about, and at the same time, enjoy the brewing process by visiting our brewery visitor gallery. You will find out about the science of the process from beginning to end and then enjoy a sample of the final product. Visit our shop, where we have a wide range of gifts and all of our delicious ales. Cladach, Brodick, KA27 8DE t: 01770 302353 e: 84818

D4 Arran Chocolate Factory The Arran Chocolate Factory is based at James’ Chocolate Shop. There is a viewing window where you can watch hand made chocolates being made. Invercloy, Brodick, KA27 8AJ t: 01770 302873 12953

D4 Arran Heritage Museum PPPP Visitor Attraction


Map References All entries within this guide are cross referenced,

to the map on page 59, for easy location.

01 Brodick Castle, Arran. 02 Lochranza Distillery, Arran.


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Traditional Buildings including a Smiddy, 19/20th-century cottage and stables housing displays of local social history, archaeology and geology, etc. Café, riverside picnic and children’s play areas. Rosaburn, Brodick, KA27 8DP t: 01770 302636 e: 66151


Leisure & Activities

D5 North Sannox Pony Trekking Pony trekking suitable for complete novices as well as the more experienced rider. Rarely on main roads, opportunity to see more remote countryside on horseback. T.R.S.S approved. Safety helmets provided, weight limit approx 15 stone. Pony rides for the under 5’s by arrangement. North Sannox, Sannox, KA27 8JD t: 01770 810222 47729

D4 Arran Adventure Company

02 Arran blacksmith. 03 Abseiling.

PPP Activity Centre

Sea Kayaking, Gorgewalking, Archery, Mountain Bike Hire & Guided Trails, Climbing & Abseiling. Taster sessions & coaching for Families & Individuals. Private events for Business Teams, Hen & Stag Parties, School & Youth Groups. Gift Vouchers, live activities calendar and booking online. Auchrannie Road, Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8BZ t: 01770 302244 e: 78382

B2 Cairnhouse Riding Centre


Arran’s only B.H.S. and T.R.S.S. approved centre. Hacking out. Pony trekking. Private lessons. Qualified instruction. Full livery. Beginners welcome. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. The Stables, Blackwaterfoot, KA27 8EU t: 01770 860466 e: 66806

D2 Whiting Bay Golf Club 4405 yards, 18 holes, SS63. Bar, soup and sandwiches available May - September. It is advisable but not essential to reserve tee times. Day tickets £21 (Sat & Sun £24), Seniors £17 (Sat & Sun £20), Juniors £10 (Sat & Sun £12). Bonus on Adult tickets; return on 2nd day - 1⁄2 price. Round tickets (after 16:00) £12. Family and weekend tickets available. Parties welcome by prior arrangement. Whiting Bay, KA27 8QT t: 01770 700487 e: 68082



Find all you want to do on Arran, in one place. VisitScotland Information Centres have details of everything to see and do in Scotland. Our friendly experts can tell you about hidden gems, arrange accommodation or book tickets for events, activities and transport across Scotland. So whatever you’re looking for, there’s only one place to go.

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Information Centres

Main Cycling trails on Arran. 01 Getting instructions on how to stay upright in a kayak.

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Quality Assurance

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It’s written in the stars… A simple, impartial, consistent approach to quality In Scotland the majority of visitor attractions are independently assessed and rated by the Scottish Tourist Board, the grading arm of VisitScotland. Using a straightforward Quality Assurance one to five star system, according to the level of customer care on offer, the focus is on the standard of hospitality and service provided as well as the presentation, quality of services and standard of facilities. Assessments are monitored and reviewed every two years. The wide variety of attractions assessed include visitor attractions, leisure centres, arts venues, tourist shops, activity centres, gardens, tours, castles, historic houses, museums, historic attractions and garden centres. Because we care If you care about the environment, this is the sign for you. We’re working with tourism businesses to recognise their efforts to care for the environment. Since its inception in 1997, the Green Tourism Business scheme has been championing sustainable tourism in the UK, and has become the largest and most successful scheme of its type in the world. We grade businesses that try to work in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way: ∫Bronze, ßSilver or ©Gold. We use 150 different measures divided into technical sections such as energy, water, waste, transport, purchasing and natural and cultural heritage to assess the three different levels.

The very best of food and drink EatScotland is a nationwide Quality Assurance Scheme from VisitScotland. A trained team of assessors carry out an incognito visit to assess quality, standards and ambience. Only those operators who meet the EatScotland quality standards are accredited to the scheme so look out for the logo to ensure you visit some of Scotland’s best, quality establishments. Those with extra special standards of food are awarded EatScotland Silver or Gold . We assess the presentation, quality and service of food in every kind of eating establishment in Scotland from fish and chip shops to pubs, takeaways and top class restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly bar or a romantic restaurant, EatScotland is the perfect guide for the best quality. EatScotland gives a reliable, authoritative and comprehensive guide to eating out in Scotland.

Enjoy Scotland’s outdoors Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water providing they act responsibly. Your access rights and responsibilities are explained fully in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Whether you’re in the outdoors or managing the outdoors, the key things are to: . take responsibility for your own actions . respect the interests of other people . care for the environment Visit or contact your local Scottish Natural Heritage office.

Access all areas The following symbols will help visitors with physical disabilities to decide whether a Visitor Attraction is suitable:


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& Access for visitors with mobility difficulties.

A business will need to achieve 30 measures to reach the bronze standard, 45 for the silver, 60 for the gold and be taking sufficient action in each section.


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Eating & Drinking Arran is a garden of fresh produce. From dairy ice cream to lobster and award winning cheeses. Main Auchrannie’s Arran platter. 01 Local ham. 02 Wax rolled cheese


B6 Catacol Bay Hotel Bar open all day - bar meals and extensive range of chef’s specials available daily 12:00 - 22:00 + Sunday buffet 12:00 - 16:00. Children’s menu also available, outside catering and bars upon request. Catacol, KA27 8HN t: 01770 830231 18535

D2 The Coffee Pot Open April - October for snacks and light meals. Speciality coffees, teas and home baking always available. Sit outside in our seafront garden. Closed Sundays. Golf Course Road, Whiting Bay, KA27 8QL t: 01770 700393 58565



C1 The Torrylinn Creamery & Shop

D3 Old Pier Tearoom Freshly prepared hot and cold meals and snacks. Delicious home baking. Speciality coffee and tea. Arran dairies ice cream. Fairtrade, wheat and gluten free, local and organic products. Open all year. Easter - Oct closed Wed. Nov - Easter closed Tues and Wed. Old Pier, Lamlash, KA27 8JN t: 01770 600249 48333

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The Creamery still uses time honoured methods passed down through generations of cheese makers to craft a range of multi award winning cheeses, Isle of Arran Dunlop and Mature Burns Truckles using only milk from three local dairy herds. Take home a little piece of Arran. Great selection of merchandise. Open 10:00 - 16:00, Mon to Fri. Open all year round. Free Entry. Picnic area. Coach Parties welcome. Scottish Highlands & Islands Cheese Co.
KA27 8PH
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Carrick Lodge

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GUEST HOUSE Brodick C Isle of Arran

Carrick Lodge guest house is a beautiful sandstone building occupying an elevated position only 450yards 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 and dining room. Rooms are ensuite and fully equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, digital TV, free Wi-Fi.

Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8BH t: 01770 302550

H O t e l

The Ormidale Hotel is a lively pub, famous for outstanding home cooked bar lunches and suppers, real ale and weekend discos. • • • • •

5 minutes from beach and shops 15 minutes from the ferry terminal Fully licensed - CAMRA recommended Beer garden Childrens menu Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8BY tel: +44 (0)1770 302293

e duc o r eP le th p Sam At Home Farm Visitors Centre Beside Arran Aromatics

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Arran has a unique mix of independent shops, designers and producers. Island food, whisky and beer is exported worldwide. Inspired by the landscape and gentle pace of the island, many artists visit and settle on the Isle of Arran.

c1 Kilmory Workshop Woodwork & pottery workshop and showroom. Turned woodwork including large bowls, furniture and toys, from tree to finished piece. Handthrown stoneware pottery, decorative pieces to use and to delight, bowls, mugs and jugs etc. Kilmory, KA27 8PH t: 01770 870310 e: 33869


B3 Old Byre Showroom & Coffee Shop, Machrie Stockists of Barbour, quality knitwear, Aran sweaters, Alice Collins and Tulchan collections, childrenswear, sheepskin and leather goods, horncraft and so much more. Open all year 10:00 - 17:00. New coffee shop serving fabulous lunches, home baking and superb coffee. Also at the Sheepskin Shop, Brodick. Auchencar Farm, Machrie, KA27 8EB t: 01770 840227 e: 48248

01 Balmichael Courtyard, Arran. 02 Arran Art Gallery. 03 The Arran Malt, Lochranza.


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C6 THe Whins Craft Workshop (The Stonemen) The Whins Crafts Workshop open 7 days 10:00 - 18:00. Hand painted stone characters and animals, candles, trinket boxes, scenic views, picnic area. Walking access only, sign-posted from Lochranza village to North Newton, follow trail up side of hill. North Newton, Lochranza, KA27 8JF 58078 t: 01770 830650

04 Old Pottery, Arran.




Discount Vouchers

2 Distillery Tours for the Price of 1 Our trained guides will show you how we make our award winning whisky. After your tasting, enjoy a meal in our stunning cafe and browse in our beautiful gift shop. Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran. KA27 8HJ

2 for 1 Mountain Bike Hire - up to 3 hours or 

2 for 1 Range Archery Session - 1 hour  

Explore Arran’s brilliant, graded off road trails on quality Trek Mountain Bikes (with free route map) or test your aim on our archery range. Life’s for living – get out there!

Free Bag for Life with any purchase of £10.00 or more from the Torrylinn Creamery Shop.  Award winning Isle of Arran Dunlop, made with 100% local milk from Arran dairy herds.

10% Off Lunch

in Brambles Seafood & Grill at the Auchrannie Resort

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon All our dishes are freshly prepared on the premises using the finest locally sourced Scottish seafoods, steaks and premium ingredients.


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Terms and conditions Only one voucher per transaction. Discount applies to lesser value ticket. Not applicable when group rate applies. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Original voucher must be surrendered. No photocopies accepted. Expires 31st October 2010. This voucher has no cash value. Contact: Tel: 01770 830264

Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Discount only available through booking in person at the Adventure Cabin, Auchrannie Spa, Brodick. Voucher for single use only and must be presented at time of booking. Children under 13 must be supervised by an adult over 18.  All standard Terms & Conditions apply. 

Offer valid on any cheese and/or branded merchandise purchase. Valid until end April 2011. Only one coupon per purchase. Photocopied vouchers will not be accepted. Offer subject to availability. Viewing Gallery and Creamery Shop is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Torrylinn Creamery, Scottish Highlands & Islands Cheese Company Kilmory, Isle of Arran. KA27 8PH Tel: 01770 870240

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Tours & Transport


Or get out and about by public transport, leave the car and your stresses behind and do your bit for the environment. 02

Ask at Brodick VisitScotland Information Centre or go to to check local bus timetables 322, 323 and 324.

Hire a car and explore some of the stunning scenery at your own pace. Get off the beaten track. See the whole island and enjoy the feast of places to eat and shop. Kerr & Smith Sales, parts, service, rental, masterfit, 24hr breakdown, MOT, class IV, V, VII and HGV accident and repairs centre. Don’t forget our 24 hour recovery line 01292 265566 or contact us at : Riverside Garage, Ayr Road, Cumnock, KA18 1BJ t: 01290 422440 33626

01 Looking down onto Lochranza Castle. 02 Brodick Bay.


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Ferry Timetables




It’s only a short hop on the ferry until you’re surrounded by breathtaking scenery. 54

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01 Above Lamlash to the Holy Isle. 02 Sunset over standing stones. 03 Haunting view of Brodick Castle.

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Ferry Timetables


Road Distances Road distances from AYR, using main roads. All distances given in miles as per Alloway Ardrossan 23 Cumnock Galston Girvan Irvine Kilmarnock Kilwinning 19 Largs Mauchline 22 Maybole Saltcoats Stranraer Troon Turnberry 15 Road distances from BRODICK using main roads. All distances given in miles as per


Blackwaterfoot Corrie Kildonan Kilmory Lamlash Lochranza 14 Pirnmill Sannox Shiskine Whiting Bay

11 5 13 17 4

16 18 21 15 16 33 8 21 49 11

17 7 9 8

01 Piper welcoming the Arran ferry.


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Area Map

Legend 0



How to get here By Car – from England travel north towards

Carlisle and then over the border into Scotland. Continue north onto the A74(M) (signposted The North, Glasgow, Edinburgh). From there follow the signs for Kilmarnock (A71), then Ardrossan Harbour (A78/A738), this is where you take the ferry to Brodick.

By Coach – there are express coach links

from all major cities via Glasgow, and a good network of local bus services within Ayrshire to take you to Ardrossan Harbour. t: 08457 55 00 33 t: 0871 200 22 33

By Air

– Ayrshire has its own airport Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (GPIA) - which offers many national and international flights, many at budget prices. Regular train and bus services are available from both Prestwick and Glasgow Airports as well as Glasgow city centre to Ardrossan Harbour.

Stagecoach (Arran) t: 01770 30 20 00 t: 08717 81 81 81 t: 0871 200 22 33

Timetables for the local buses on Arran (322, 323, & 324) can be obtained from

For further information on local Taxi and Car Hire please contact Brodick VisitScotland Information Centre on 01770 30 37 74

Main services operate to and from the ferry. Additional services operate to larger villages on the island. Please check timetables depending on day of the week, school/non school days and summer/winter timetables, as times may vary.

By Sea

– The ferry crossing to Brodick takes 55 minutes, Caledonian MacBrayne runs a ferry service all year from Ardrossan. There is a summer service between Lochranza (Arran) and Claonaig (Kintyre) which takes 30 minutes, and in the winter from Lochranza to Tarbert (Kintyre) 1 hour 25 minutes. Please check with Caledonian MacBrayne for ferry sailings or see pages 54-56 for ferry timetables.

t: 0800 066 5000

By Rail – there is a direct rail link from



Holy Island – From the ferry terminal at

Ardrossan Harbour, take the ferry to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. At Brodick take the number 323 bus to Lamlash Pier (10 minutes) where you board the ferry to Holy Island. The ferry trip takes about 10 minutes.


Specific crossings to Holy Island depend on tides so please check before travelling. Please note that there are later ferries from Ardrossan to Brodick – not all have a connecting crossing to Holy Island. Holy Island Ferry t: 01770 60 09 98


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Where to stay

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Glasgow Central to Ardrossan which connects with each ferry. Ayrshire has a good railway network and frequent services to Glasgow, which in turn has excellent links with the rest



of the UK with regular express trains to England and the rest of Scotland.

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Before choosing to come to Arran we like to ensure that all visitors are aware of all the risks. With this in mind we feel it’s necessary to issue visitors with the following..

Arran can be HEALTH WARNING! addictive and all visitors should remain vigilant lest they succumb to a serious attack of Arran-itis. Symptoms start with a mild feeling of well-being which can develop into extended periods of euphoria in extreme cases. There are many cases of people deciding to stay on the island permanently, two hours after stepping off the boat. So, if you decide to visit us, tread carefully and avoid strong drink for the first 24 hrs as this significantly increases the chances of catching the malady. Enjoy...

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Visit Arran 2010 magazine  

The island's most useful guide... produced by the people of Arran as a guide for an enjoyable stay.

Visit Arran 2010 magazine  

The island's most useful guide... produced by the people of Arran as a guide for an enjoyable stay.