Top 5 things to do in Arran
Each day our customers head out in their rockin’ vans for an array of adventures, and we are always delighted to hear of their respective road trips. It has quickly become clear that one of the most popular destinations is the beautiful Isle of Arran. With that in mind, we thought it about time to put together this little guide to the top five attractions in Arran (according to our humble opinion). But first, here’s some background information to wrap your knowledge-hungry minds around:
The Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and sitting at 167 square miles it is the 7th largest of Scotland’s islands. On a clear day Arran can be seen from the coast of the West of Scotland and has come to be occasionally referred to as “Scotland in miniature” due to the split between the Highlands and the Lowland of the island, with the Highland Boundary Fault line running all the way across Scotland from the island through the mainland. One thing this charming island does not share with the mainland however, is palm trees. That’s right…palm trees…off the coast of Scotland: a phenomenon resulting from the warm climate of The Gulf Stream.
Access to the island can be gained via ferry, with operators Caledonian MacBrayne sailing from Ardrossan to Brodick all year round, and from Lochranza to Claoniag during the summer months. Weather permitting, the ferry takes little over an hour, and beautiful views from the top deck. Once on the island you’ll find that the three main roads that circumnavigate the island are generally rather quiet, although don’t expect to get anywhere too quickly!
When it comes to setting up camp in a Rockinvan on Arran, our favourite sites are Lochranza Caravan & Camping and Seal Shore Camping. Both sites are very modern with electrical hookups and level pitches to ensure you get the most out of your Campervan hire. Site fees are around £20 for your campervan and 2 adults, giving you access to all the site amenities. Previous guests have happily reported wild deer wandering past their campervans window in the morning.
Once you’ve parked your campervan and watched the deer, you can begin to enjoy some or all of the delights that Arran has to offer.
Things to do…
You don’t have to be a fan of a dram to enjoy the tour of this beautiful distiller. Set against the backdrop of the souring hills and fresh air of Arran expect a very passionate and interesting tour before a small tasting followed by a trip to the gift shop for those obligatory holiday presents. This is a great trip to combine with a visit to Lochranza Castle.
No, this is nothing to do with climbing a goat and falling, BUT, if you enjoy hill walking and spectacular views then Goat Fell delivers on both counts. With a climb of 2,800 feet taking roughly 3 hours to the top, expect views all the way up the Clyde to Glasgow with Ben Lomond to your left. If the weather allows, the views are spectacular. The most commonly used path to the top starts at Brodick Castle in Cladach.
With beautiful gardens, a lovely visitor centre and a great castle, Brodick Castle is a must visit on our list. The castle itself is great to walk through and we highly recommend the guided tour. The grounds even boast a large playground for children, making Brodick Castle a great place for families.
If you’re after a break from the hustle and bustle of life at home, then a g a visit to this lovely spa is a wonderful way to relax. The spa offers a full range of massage and beauty therapy treatments in this spotless facility as well as swimming and leisure facilities perfect for a rainy day.
It’s often claimed that the best way to see an island is from the water, and Arran is no exception. Leaving from the base at Lamlash Bay, tours combine an education into the area with the adrenaline rush of the rib speeding through the water. Expect to see plenty of wild and bird life on these tours, so don’t forget your camera!