Arran...Isle of Beauty
Arran is often referred to as Scotland in miniature because its northern half is wild and mountainous, like the Highlands, and its southern half is a mix of moorland and farmland, like the Borders. Whichever way you approach the island, its profile is magnificent. It also represents Scotland in miniature geologically because almost every type of rock from every part of Scotland can be found on the island.
All Arran's villages apart from Shiskine lie on the rocky coastline because the interior of the island is so hilly. Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay in the south-east of the island contain most of the island's shops which are small and independent. One main road follows the edge of Arran and another road, The String, crosses the middle. It's important to recognise that these are rural roads and drive with great care. The island is about twenty miles long and ten miles wide. A great way to see it is by using the island buses.
The view changes as you tour the island. From the south you look to the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland, to the west you see the Kintyre peninsula, to the north the hills of Cowal and Bute, and to the east lie Ayrshire and Galloway.
Arran is best discovered at a slow pace, enjoying its timeless charm. It has a fascinating history as the jewel in the Clyde much coveted by powerful leaders. Today, Arran is gaining a reputation as an island of great food and drink. Whisky, icecream, oatcakes, chocolate, cheese, preserves and beer are just some of the award-winning local produce that you can look forward to sampling.