Arran Holiday Retreats

  • Glenashdale Falls, Whiting Bay
  • Glenashdale Falls, Whiting Bay
  • Pladda and Ailsa Craig
  • Arran winter hills, The Isle of Arran
  • Arran winter hills, Glen Catacol
  • Arran winter, The Isle of Arran
  • Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran
  • The Burrell Collection, Glasgow.     Copyright VisitScotland/ScottishViewpoint)
  • The Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow.  Copyright- VisitScotland/ScottishViewpoint
  • The Scotland Street School Museum, one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest architectural designs.     Copyright VisitScotland/ScottishViewpoint

The Isle of Arran

Arran is a beautiful island off the west coast of Scotland with breathtaking mountain and coastal scenery. There are rugged granite mountain peaks in the north, green rolling hills of the south, pretty villages and stunning ever changing coastal views around every corner.

With a stunning natural environment, the island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with outstanding wildlife, flora, fauna, geology, archaeology and history.

In contrast to the most of Scotland, the island is blessed with a mild maritime climate due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, making it an ideal destination for year round breaks. However, it is also renowned for changeable weather and you may experience four seasons in one day! You are advised to bring comfortable, weatherproof gear and wear layers that you can shed when the sun shines.

The website includes some information on the island, how to get here, places to visit and things to do and you can find out more via the Homepage by following one of the links at the top of the screen.

If you have the desire to try something new, Arran is the perfect place to climb a mountain, kayak in sheltered waters, discover the forest trails on a mountain bike or play a round of golf in one of the seven courses around the island. It is also a very accessible island with easy access to the coast and hills and short distances between the villages.

How to get to Arran

Arran is easily accessible from the Scottish mainland and less than an hour's drive from Glasgow City, Glasgow and Prestwick International Airports.

If you are travelling from outside Scotland, why not combine your visit to Arran with a visit to Glasgow; known as Scotland's 'Style Capital' for its fabulous shopping in the 'style mile' on Buchanan Street, The St Enoch Centre and designer boutiques around Merchant City. The west end offers great restaurants, bars and cultural places to visit including the Mackintosh House and The Kelvingrove Art Gallery. 

Getting to Arran is easy from Glasgow City Centre with a direct rail link from Central Station (take your seats on the front part of the train) and a 50 minute journey in modern, efficient trains run by Scotrail to the ferry port at Ardrossan Harbour (wi-fi on board).

The Arran Ferry

When you board the 'Caledonian Isles', there is a feeling of leaving all the worries behind, as you set off on your Arran adventure. Calmac links the island with the mainland and there are regular crossings between Ardrossan and Brodick. It is a pleasant 55-minute journey with good onboard facilities including a cafe, coffee lounge, shop, bar and viewing lounge with a soft play area for the kids. All vehicles need to be booked in advance but foot passengers should buy tickets at the harbour prior to boarding.

Please note that due to the current situation, it is not possible to book a car on the regular ferry service between Ardrossan and Brodick up to 15th July 2020, so you could go to Ardrossan and wait in the queue or leave your car in the secure car park and come over as foot passengers.  Alternatively, there is second ferry service from Claonaig on Kintyre to Lochranza. This is a small vessel and does not take advance bookings. The drive to Claonaig takes longer for most people, but the scenery is lovely and the crossing only takes approx. 30 minutes.  For more information, please visit the Calmac website.

If you are travelling on foot you will find buses at the ferry terminal in Brodick.  Take the '323' service to the south end of the island.  Alternatively, you may prefer to book a taxi: Corrie Cabs 07517 356 985. 

Explore more

There may also be an option to extend your trip and take the Lochranza-Claonaig ferry service to explore Argyll or island hop to Gigha, Islay, Mull and beyond.