What to do in Lochranza

Seven things to see and do round Lochranza without needing a car

  • Lochranza Castle. For hundreds of years it guarded the island from Kintyre raiders. The ancient ruins are surrounded on three sides by the waters of the sea loch
  • Newton Point and Fairy Dell. Allow a couple of hours for this stunningly beautiful circular walk along Arran's north coast. Have an icecream and meet the Stone Men at The Whins on your return path
  • Arran Distillery Tour. Learn about the secret past of distilling on Arran with knowledgeable guides
  • Catacol walk via The Postman's Path. A couple of hours' high route to the entrance to wild Glen Catacol with great views
  • Play Golf. Lochranza Golf Course is in a lovely setting. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a game, whatever your level of experience. Clubs available to hire. Also pitch and putt course (shorter and takes out all the water hazards) and 2 putting greens
  • Ferry to Kintyre. Sail direct from Lochranza for a day out on Kintyre. Walk or cycle a couple of miles to Skipness for an ancient castle, chapel and a sandy beach. Skipness Seafood Cabin is open end of May to end of September. The Skipness Smokehouse is open all year
  • Wildlife Spotting. You can see a lot just by strolling round the village and looking up at the hillsides. Have your binoculars at the ready


Local Produce and Shopping

  • Arran Distillery tours and whisky tastings, local gifts shop and cafe. Situated across the road from the campsite www.arranwhisky.com
  • The Whins Craft Shop. Situated up the North Newton track on the north side of the loch at Lochranza. Beautiful views and birthplace of the Arran Stonemen
  • The Old Byre Showroom (14 miles down the west coast at Dougarie). Restaurant, playground, knitwear and leather goods www.oldbyre.co.uk


Eating Out in Lochranza

  • Casks Cafe, Arran Distillery
  • Lochranza Hotel Boguille Bar by the castle
  • The Sandwich Station by the pier
  • The Stags Pavilion Restaurant by the golf course



Explore the coast of Arran and its wildlife at a slow place on foot or by bike

We sell maps and guidebooks for walking at the campsite

Find user-friendly informative route guides at:

Isle of Arran walks: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/arran/

For a leisurely alternative, take a round-the-island bus tour


Five All Day Walks to and from Lochranza Campsite:

  • The Cock of Arran and Laggan Cottage . A circuit from Lochranza along a fascinating coastline to a deserted settlement (8 miles) Allow 5 hours, some rock scrambling and a steep ascent if you do the walk clockwise
  • Gleann Easan Biorach and Glen Catacol circuit via Loch na Davie. A walk into the hills using two magnificent remote glens (10 miles)
  • Coire Fhionn Lochan, Loch Tanna and Glen Catacol. Catch the bus t0 Thundergay. Follow the route all the way back to the campsite (8 miles)
  • Arran Coastal Way to North Sannox. The rocky coastline walk has points of geological and historic interest every step of the way. You'll need to catch a bus back. Corrie Golf Club Tearoom at North Sannox serves refreshments (9 miles)
  • Caisteal Abhail (The Castles). Climb Arran's second highest mountain via Gleann Easan Biorach and Sail an Im. There is no marked path. You can return to North Sannox car park where you can catch a bus back to the campsite (8 miles)


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Other Highlights of Arran


  • Goat Fell, Arran's highest mountain
  • Brodick Castle, Gardens and Country Park
  • Arran Heritage Museum at Brodick
  • Machrie Moor Stone Circles
  • Kings Caves at Blackwaterfoot
  • Holy Island reached by ferry from Lamlash
  • Glenashadale Falls at Whiting Bay

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