The Isle of Arran, Scotland Grade: Low Moderate
The Isle of Arran is often described as Scotland in miniature due to its varied landscape which reflects the Scottish mainland. The island has everything from dramatic mountains to pretty seaside villages, wild moorland to lush farmland and some stunning seascapes too. The wildlife is spectacular and it is possible to see the ‘Big 5’ (golden eagles, otters, seals, red squirrels and red deer). The island is quite large, about 10 miles by 20 miles, and we use the good bus service to do walks in different parts of the island, offering a real taste of Arran and some wonderful journeys along the coast and inland.
This guided walking holiday is graded ‘low moderate’ and the walks will vary from 6-8 miles. The routes will follow footpaths and there will be some ups and downs, although these will be taken at a suitably leisurely pace. We will walk in very varied scenery, along shorelines and through woods, and into the magnificent grounds of Brodick Castle (National Trust for Scotland). For those who want to, there will also be opportunity to visit the castle (bring your National Trust card if you have one), the local heritage museum, and some of the island’s craft shops.
We will be staying in the comfy Dunvegan House Guest House in Brodick which has beautiful views of Brodick Bay and the Goatfell mountain range. It is also just a short walk to the ferry and bus terminal and the local shops and restaurants. Arran is the most accessible of the Scottish Islands with regular ferries from Ardrossan, just south of Glasgow.