Scottish Islands: Adventures on Arran

‘The Isle of Arran sits off the West coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde and is often referred to as Scotland in miniature…’

Arran can be accessed from the West coast town of Adrossan, where a regular ferry service departs to sail you across the water and deliver you to the town of Brodick.   
arran ferry
Speed bonnie boat, like a bird on a wing..
Arran has long been a haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts, with walker, climbers and sailors making it a regular destination.   Even I managed to spend an afternoon kayaking around a bit of the island, although I’d like to point out that it was cold, knackering, and far from my idea of fun.  Still, the scenery was spectacular.

Adventurous Activities

If you’re more outdoorsy than me (and that wouldn’t really be much of an achievement), you can indulge in a range of independent activities. These include climbing the mighty Goal Fell or sailing around the coast.  If you’d like something a little more organised, you can head to Arran Adentures. Here, you can try out some target practice, mountain biking, gorge scrambling (sounds like that would take *so* much effort, doesn’t it?) or simply walk in the countryside.


In honour of taking my husband to Arran with me, it seemed unfair not to let him try out some camping. You know how much he loves starting fires and outdoor cooking.  Luckily, Arran produces some kick ass meat products so, armed with sausages and a bottle of wine (or two), we booked up at Seal Shore Camp Site.  It was £12 for the pitch and the site will allow you to bring your own cooking stove. Seal Shore also offers immediate access to the beach and is a lovely, out of the way spot for a bit of relaxation.  The sunsets are also pretty impressive from the site.

Seal Shore sunset, Arran
Just add wine.

Wildlife and Water

Being an island, Arran is surrounded on all sides by water.   It’s pretty much everywhere you go and it’s beautiful and clear.  If you like open water swimming, be my guest and dive right in.  If you prefer the relative safety of a boat, you can go wild sea kayaking around the island. Not the whole island, you understand, because that would take a very long time.

I went to Corris, grabbed a canoe and headed out around the coast to Lochranza.  It was the most tiring thing I think I’ve ever done. I was so beat afterwards, I almost couldn’t muster the strength to open a bottle of wine.  It was thoroughly enjoyable, though, as it’s a view of the island that you can’t otherwise experience.  If you fancy the outing, you can book through Arran Adventures.

Arran is teeming with wildlife.  From land animals, like sheep, red squirrels and red deer, to water beasties like seals, otters and the basking shark.  Always be armed with your camera as you never know when you’ll meet someone you want to take a selfie with.  We didn’t quite manage to get close enough for a selfie, but we did spot a herd of deer, lazing around on the land opposite the Distillery.  Or at least I *think* they were lazing around.  They’re Scottish, so they might well have been drunk.   We also met some swans. who would have benefitted from a drop of whisky as they were quite cranky.

leave us alone, please, we’re busy
we’ll move in a minute.   Let’s just relax here for a bit.
Yeah, this guy’s totally not real.

Have you been on any Arran adventures??


Suzanne x



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