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The Three Beinns from the Calmac Ferry, Brodick BayThe Isle of Arran is one of Scotland's most accessible islands with a welcoming and tranquil atmosphere, good amenities, sandy beaches, and varied landscape.
The largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Arran has been a popular destination with holiday makers since the 19th Century when paddle steamers delivered tourists from Glasgow who came "doon the watter" for their summer break.
It is an island that visitors fall in love with, and most people return many times.

View of Brodick Bay from the Three BeinnsLandscape:
Arran is often called "Scotland in Miniature" and this is certainly reflected in the landscape. The north of the island is dominated by rugged granite peaks, formed by a vast volcano active around 60 million years ago. The gentler south has rolling moors and farmland. The island is encircled by a low lying rocky coastline, interspersed with sandy bays.

Arran is home to many of Scotland's iconic species, including red deer, otters, red squirrels, golden eagles, hen harriers and two species of seal. There are a number of other birds of prey including buzzard, kestrel and short eared owl.  Wading birds include curlew, ostercatcher and ringed plover.  Being an island, a number of species are notably absent, including grey squirrels, moles, foxes, stoats and weasels.

The climate on Arran is generally mild and dominated by a maritime airflow. Situated in the gulf stream, palm trees grow around the south coast and snow rarely lingers for long during the relatively warm and wet winters.  Summers can be damp too, but generally the weather is dryer and brighter than the West Highlands to the north.

Dancers at HogmanayPopulation:
The population hovers at around 5,000 people.  The largest villages are Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay on the east coast of the island.  The main industry is tourism, but farming is also important and there are some great local products including reals ales, whisky and award winning cheeses.
Gaelic is no longer a first language on Arran but there is a gaelic language festival, the Feis Arran.

Calmac Ferry, The Caledonian IslesGetting to Arran:
Arran is suprisingly easy to get to! T
he CalMac Ferry  port of Ardrossan is less than an hour from Glasgow and Ayr, with good links by rail and air.  As the most southerly of the major isles on the Scottish West Coast, Arran is also very easy to reach from the North of England. There also is a smaller ferry from Arran that heads north, which is a great little service if you wish to plan an onward journey in to the Highlands.

The Ross RoadGetting Around:
Getting around the island is straightforward by car or bus. The island is served by the A841, a circular coastal road, and two roads across the middle, The Ross and The String. The roads do suffer from the wet winters and can be bumpy. Buses are regular, and meet the ferries as they arrive.
Arran bus timetable.

Visit my Blog
Wild on Arran: Lucy writes a regular blog about life on Arran. Subject matters range from wildlife, mountain walks and rock climbs, to local festivals and quite a few adventures on the mainland too.
Leave the car at home!

Why not leave the car at home and come by train? Arran is easy to access by public transport and the ferries meet trains and buses. If you come for the day, I can meet you at the ferry terminal. If you are staying on the island, I can collect you from accommodation in Whiting Bay, Lamlash, Brodick or Corrie.

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