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Introduction

The Isle of Arran is one of the easiest Scottish Islands for English people or Scots from the central urban belt to reach. It is often said that it is like 'Scotland in Miniature.'

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Geography

Like Scotland itself, Arran has a 'highland fault' with granite mountains to the north and lowlands to the south.

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Towns and Villages

  • Brodick - commercial centre and regarded by some as the 'capital.' Main (car) ferry terminal
  • Lamlash - historic 'capital' and administrative centre
  • Whiting Bay
  • Sannox
  • Lochranza - terminal for short ferry crossing (summer only) from Claonaig on the Kintyre peninsula
  • Blackwaterfoot.

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Mountains

There are no munroes on Arran (mountains over 3,000 feet) but there are four corbetts (mountains between 2,500 and 2,999 feet):

  • Goat Fell - the highest on Arran - somewhat eroded paths.
  • Cir Mhor - shapely peak at the top of Glen Sannox - makes a good circuit with Caisteil Abhail.
  • Caisteil Abhail - includes the carlin's Leap (or witch's step).
  • A Chir ridge - requires easy climbing (or at least scrambling) ability.

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Getting There

By Boat

  • Brodick from Ardrossan (local train from Glasgow).
  • Lochranza from Claonaig (Kintyre).

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Kilmory Hall and Lodge BunkhouseKilmoryguesthouse-
Lochranza Youth HostelLochranzaHostel84
Corrie Croft BunkhouseNorth High Corrie CorrieHOSTEL-

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