Arran is stunning
You won’t be able to stop taking photos here! It’s small enough to drive around in a day, but you’ll have to pull over numerous times to take in the views.
It’s known as ‘Scotland in miniature’…
...and it’s easy to see why, as it has everything the country is famous for: mountains, glens, waterfalls, golf and whisky.
Step back in time
Visit the picturesque village of Lamlash, with its traditional whitewashed houses with black roofs. There’s a small pier with multi-coloured fishing boats bobbing in the water, backed by mountains, and in the summer you can take a boat trip out to pretty Holy Isle. The best part is strolling along the promenade, listening to the sound of the waves lapping against the pier wall.
Admire the castle
Take a drive to the village of Lochranza to see the castle. It’s on a narrow spit of land projecting into the loch, but there’s a narrow walkway. It was built with thick, grey stone and must have been freezing in winter – the occupants would have needed huge fires!
- Lochranza Castle is open from April to September, www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
It’s foodie heaven
After a break in Arran you may return home a few pounds heavier, thanks to its amazing food! It’s a relatively small island but punches well above its weight in terms of variety. It feels like going back to the days before so many things became homogenised and produced on an industrial scale. If you like strong cheeses, try my favourite Arran blue. Or, if you prefer a sweet treat, there’s locally-made ice-cream available in most of the shops and cafes.
My favourite spot
Sannax Bay, to the north of the island, has rugged beauty and usually there’s not a soul in sight, apart from the odd deer or red squirrel. It’s so good to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Creelers serves hand-dived Isle of Skye king scallops that couldn’t be fresher. Alternatively, meat-eaters will enjoy the surf and turf fillet steak at Brambles at the Auchrannie Hotel.
- Creelers 01770 302797; Brambles 01770 302234 www.auchrannie.co.uk/food-drink/brambles-seafood-grill.html
If it’s raining, head to the Arran Distillery where you can have a tour to discover how the amber liquid is made.
My husband recommends the ten-year Arran Malt!
- 01770 830264, www.arranwhisky.com