Isle of Arran Tourist Attractions
The delightful island of Arran lies 12mi/19.2km off the Ayrshire coast and measures 20mi/32km in length, 11mi/17.6km in width. Covering an area of 101sq.mi/264sq.km, it is the biggest and at the same time most varied of all the islands in the Clyde.
The rugged north is characterized by hills - of granite, volcanic rock and red sandstone - deep valleys and broad moorland. South of the Highland Boundary Fault fertile soil and lower slopes predominate, so it is much more like the "Lowlands". In fact, the island is sometimes described as "Scotland in Miniature". Geologists in particular are fascinated by the island for it possesses, within a relatively small area, nearly all the different types of rock found in Scotland. Amateur archaeologists will find tumuli and monoliths to investigate and walkers can choose from many footpaths offering spectacular views. Thanks to the favorable climate provided by the Gulf Stream, azaleas, fuchsias, rhododendrons, palms and many rare mountain species thrive on the island. Anglers make for Drumadoon Bay in large numbers and there are also opportunities for pony trekking, tennis and watersports. The island has a total of seven golf courses.
Arran - Ferries
A detour along the pretty valley of Glen Rosa is well worth the effort.
The tiny island of Holy Island (1mi/1.6km in length) lies 5mi/8km to the south of Brodick off Lamlash Bay. The changing landscape, dominated by a hill (1,030ft/314m), is ideal for bird life and the island has become a popular spot for ornithologists. According to legend St Molaise, a pupil of St Columba, lived here and the walls and roofs of the caves in the west of the island are covered with runic symbols and inscriptions that date from different periods. A 7ft/2m sandstone block marked all around with man-made indentations is revered as the saint's seat of judgment.
Lamlash (pop. 620) is the second-largest village on the east coast. It is a popular resort with a sailing school, yachting club, fishing center and an attractive sandy beach.
Carry on through Lagg, a peaceful resort with the pre-historic Kilmory Cairns, and on to Sliddery where the remains of a watchtower on Castle Hill overlook the western Firth of Clyde. The pretty valley of Glen Scorrodale leads back across the island to Lamlash.
King's Hill & Cave
Machrie Moor Standing Stones
To reach the six Bronze Age stones (granite, old red sandstone) known as the Machrie Moor Standing Stones turn inland about 3mi/4.8km further north near Tormore, taking Moss Farm Road by Machrie Water. The stones are thought to date from ca. 1600 B.C.
Glen Sannox Corrie
Leave the northern coast and follow Glen Chalmadale through to Sannox Bay on the east coast. Glen Sannox leads inland from here to become one of Arran's wildest glens. The dramatic landscape that can be viewed from Fallen Rocks along the north coast emerged during the last Ice Age. Return to Brodick (6mi/9.6km) via Corrie with its golf course and trekking center.