Activities

There are many activities & sights to see on the Isle of Arran both. Have a look at Trip Advisor or Visit Arran for a full overview.

And here a selection of suggestions suitable for all kinds of weather.

Brodick

BrodickCastle-sBrodick Castle must be one of the must dos on Arran…..

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park is the perfect place for a family day out. The castle is renowned for its impressive collections of period furniture, silverware, porcelain, paintings and sporting trophies.

The gardens provide an unrivalled experience, from the formal walled garden to the woodland walks. Brodick holds three national collections of rhododendron that flower in almost every month of the year. The country park extends from seashore to mountain top with over ten miles of way-marked trails and abundant wildlife.

For more information try these websites Brodick Castle or  National Trust

Heritage_MuseumThe Heritage Museum is a fascinating place showing how life used to be lived on the Island. It is on the main road, at Rosaburn, just north of Brodick. Originally the site of a small school, the present group of buildings were a croft and smiddy, and include a farmhouse, cottage, bothy, milk house, laundry, stable, coach house and harness room. The exhibits reflect the social history, archaeology and geology of the island. Within the premises of the museum you also can enjoy the home-made delights of Café Rosaburn, which offers a selection of light meals and snacks.

Here you can find all details about the Arran Heritage Museum

breweryThe Isle of Arran Brewery, at Cladach is also worth a visit.
Combining the art of traditional brewing methods with the island’s unique water and only the finest natural ingredients the brewery produces a wide range of beers and ales to suit every palette.

And of course there is also the Arran Cheese Shop and Arran Aromatics.

Machrie

Old Byre Visitor Centre

Old Byre Visitor Centre

Old Byre Showroom, Café Thyme & Simon Thorborn’s pottery

Situated about half a mile north of Machrie Golf course, look out for the sign at the bottom of the track and follow it up to the top – here you will find the Old Byre Showroom, Café Thyme, Simon Thorborn’s pottery and paint your own pots, a child’s play area with giant sand pit, ample parking and stunning views. There really is something for everyone here!

Lochranza

Arran Distillery
Arran_Distillery_Lochranza_Isle_of_Arran-sThe Arran Distillery at Lochranza was opened in 1995 and is a relatively recent addition to Arran, but the whisky it produces has won awards already for its quality.

It is one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland, and the only Malt Whisky distillery on Arran. It’s open all year round for guided tours and tastings.

As well the educational side you can enjoy a meal in the CASKS Cafe or simply a well-earned seat and a cup of coffee. You are welcome to come and join us there between 10am and 5pm, with last orders being taken at 4.30pm. If you’d like something a little more invigorating to drink we naturally have the largest and most comprehensive stock of Arran whisky in the world.

Click here for more information about the distillery, shop and visitor centre.

Holy Isle

HolyIsle-sLocated off the coast at Lamlash Bay, Holy Isle has an ancient spiritual heritage stretching back to the 6th century. Summer season runs from April to October and guests and day visitors are welcome during this time. The island is divided into several areas, some of which are reserved for birds and animals, others for our native tree planting programme. We request visitors to stay on the paths and not to bring animals onto the island.

And for getting here call Jim on 01770 600 998

More information here holyisland.org or on the Lamlash website.

Sports activities

Auchrannie Resort
If it is a wet day, then the Auchrannie Resort in Brodick is a great place to go for a swim, sauna, steam room, sanarium, footbaths, feature showers and health treatments etc. There is a 20 metre indoor pool with children’s pool and water features. Soft play area, teen zone, internet cafe, spa shop with gifts, clothing and Island produce.

It also has indoor tennis courts, badminton courts, table tennis, indoor bowls, football, basketball, volleyball and many other team sports. The fitness suite & studio have a selection of the latest cardio and resistance equipment.

Arran Adventure Company
At the Auchrannie Resort in Brodick. For sea kayaking, sailing, gorge walking, mountain biking, archery, climbing, cycle hire and other adventure activities.

RidingCairnhouse Riding Centre
Cairnhouse Riding Centre is located in Blackwaterfoot. They are open all year, and offer Hacking & Trekking (horse riding / pony trekking) for novices and experienced riders. You will ride on carefully chosen routes across private farm tracks, hills, and sandy beaches, on well cared for horses and ponies, suiting all abilities.

Dougarie Estate – Fishing
Fishing is another activity you can do at Iorsa water & the Machrie burn at Dougarie Estate. Sea fishing is obviously another option.
Fishing is by fly only and is available from the middle of June until the end of October. Also availabble a 17ft open topped sea boat which is used for sea fishing and lobster potting. Contact Dougarie Estate for prices and availablity.

Paragliding
If you fancy a thrill, then have a go at Paragliding. Try a fundays solo training paragliding or a Tandem flight with an instructor. Training starts on a gentle slope and gradually moves to higher flights as confidence and ability grow.

Cycling
The Island has scenic roads for cycling, especially the west coast & Machrie Moor road are ideal. You can also go off road, and there are quite a few forestry tracks that you can use. If you are looking for some route proposals, check the websites of Arran Bike Club and Cycle-Route.com

Walking
You can find all information on the extra section for walking on our website.

Golf
You have put together for you all the information about the 7 golf courses on Arran, tennis courts and putting greens.

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