Just a short ferry journey from Ardrossan, Ayrshire, the Isle of Arran is the most southerly and accessible of the Scottish Isles and at only 20 miles long by 10 miles wide, it’s also one of the smallest. If you are looking for short breaks Arran is the perfect location!
If you’re looking to get into hill walking but don’t know where to start, Arran is a great choice for you. The Arran Coastal Way path is perfect for walkers of average fitness and is jam-packed with scenic views that will only make you thirst for even more walking adventures!
Affectionately known as ‘Scotland in miniature’, this vibrant island is considered by many to possess the great qualities of Scotland in an easily accessible format. Due to the RET scheme (road equivalent tariff) the cost of travelling by ferry has been realigned with the cost of travelling by road. So with substantially reduced fares and a 55 minute crossing there is no better time to visit.
Arran regularly astounds visitors with an incredible variety of scenery. Explore mountains, woodlands, beaches and outlying islands which offer many outdoor activity options and heritage sites.
The Highland-Lowland dividing line goes right through the middle of Arran, dividing the wild, unspoilt, mountainous north, dominated by the peak of Goat Fell, and the forest, farmland and resorts of the south. – Source
At EasyWays, we believe that the Arran Coastal Way is one of the most invigorating hill walking paths in Scotland and, due to how accessible it is, it’s also one of the best paths for those who are considering becoming seasoned hikers but aren’t sure where to start. Short breaks on Arran are the perfect opportunity to try out hill walking for the first time!
Ardrossan is a short train journey from Glasgow and from there, you have another short ferry trip across to the Isle of Arran itself. Arran is one of the smallest isles in Scotland but it’s also one of the most successful in terms of produce. There are preserved castles, stunning landscapes, forest trails and wildlife all to be found on this small island so be prepared to pack a lot of activity in if you’re planning on sticking around after walking the trail! There are so many things to do, so, why not go try the short breaks Arran is perfect for?
Things to do in Arran
- Visit Brodick Castle
- Brodick Castle is open to the public throughout warmer months but the accompanying Brodick Country Park is open all year round!
- The castle was built in 1510 and has been preserved by Scotland’s National Trust since 1958
- The castle is actually pictured on The Royal Bank of Scotland’s £20 notes!
- Treat yourself in Auchrannie Leisure Centre
- There are 2 indoor swimming pools, fitness suites and a sports hall
- It is located just one mile from the Arran ferry port
- It has been open for 28 years and still thrives as a family business!
- Visit the Arran Distillery
- Based in the North of Arran, it is one of Scotland’s few remaining independent distilleries
- Learn about the art of Whisky from professional tour guides
- View artwork by local artists in the distillery cafe
- Visit the King’s Caves
- Along the Western shore of Arran, are a series of natural caves in the sandstone rock. One of the caves is said to have been the refuge in which Robert the Bruce had his famed encounter with a spider. (source)
- Take a walk along Arran’s beautiful coastline to find these ancient caves and experience a part of Scotland’s history!
As well of all of this, the Isle of Arran is famed for it’s produce. From cheeses, chocolates and whiskies to soaps and candles – the Isle of Arran has a lot to offer for such a small place! Check out our previous posts for more short break ideas!
Short Breaks on Arran With EasyWays
At EasyWays, we can work with you to find the best accommodation and travel options for the short breaks Arran is perfect for! Our experienced team will give you all the hints and tips you need to know! Get in touch to find out more about any of our walking holidays in Scotland!