Isle of Arran

The Most Comprehensive Tourism Web Information Site for the Isle of Arran, Scotland

To visit any of the Isle of Arran’s 8 regions:

Please click on the map inside the region boundaries. The appropriate page opens. There you find a short description, then comprehensive listings of accommodation, restaurants and pubs, shops, visitor services and visitor attractions.

ARRAN is – Scotland in miniature

The Isle of Arran is more than just a seaside holiday destination, it is Scotland in miniature. An island which one can drive around in less than four hours. Arran offers a vast choice of accommodation: B&Bs, hotels, guesthouses, a youth hostel, self-catering, camping, caravanning, you name it. Find all the available accommodation on your regional pages. Click to where you would like to stay.
Easy access by Ferries and from Airports

Two Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes connect Arran with the mainland. The principal route is from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire to Brodick. There are up to six connection each way per day. The second ferry is between Lochranza and Cloanaig on the peninsula of Kintyre in Argyll. About 10 connections during the season offer visitors a direct scenic way to the Scottish Highlands.
There are two International Airports in good reach, as well as a regular train service from Ardrossan Harbour to Glasgow, (Largs and Ayr too, change at Kilwinning). Buses are available from Cloanaig to Tarbert on Kintyre.

Outdoor activities are abundant

The magnificent mountains, hills, parks and gardens offer themselves to walking, climbing, hiking and biking and are an eldorado for anyone who loves bird watching, riding, pony trekking, geology, nature photographing, horticulture and painting. The great outdoors are tempting people who love sailing, kayaking, boating, diving, fishing, angling and paragliding. Putting greens, fancy golf, bowling, tennis and swimming among many more are on offer too. On our pages we show you everything which is available on Arran.
Golf is among the most popular pastimes

Golfers will find seven golf courses on the island: in Brodick, Lamlash, Whiting Bay, Lochranza, Machrie, Shiskine/Blackwaterfoot and Corrie, some of them with driving range and club with restaurant/tea room. The Arran Golf Pass allows for a trial on each of them. Special favourites are the 12-hole links course in Shiskine and the course in Lochranza where deer may watch the golfers tee off.
What to do on a rainy day?

Arran may have the occasional rainy day. For board and card games go to Bilslands or the Book and Card Shop in Brodick, Bay News in Whiting Bay, the Harbour Shop in Blackwaterfoot. The Auchrannie Spa and Playbarn (Brodick) and the Best Western Kinloch Hotel (Blackwaterfoot) offer fitness and swimming. One possible distraction may be UK’s favourite online casino Spin Palace which is now available with huge jackpots as Blackberry-, iPhone-, Android- or smartphone mobile casino and at “Stop dreaming, Start playing”. Further good activities on such days are certainly the Arran Heritage Museum (Brodick) and Brodick Castle, the two little Centres «Home Farm» and «Cladach» just outside Brodick as well as the Isle of Arran Distillery in Lochranza.
Breathtaking Scenery

With all the offers for distraction, the guests will hopefully not forget to simply enjoy the scenery, be it by seeing the sun rise in Sannox Bay or watching seals in Kildonan, taking a long stroll at the beaches of Kilmory or simply enjoy the view over to Kintyre and Ireland from Sliddery, Pirnmill, Catacol. There is an incredible diversity of scenery and beauty to enjoy any spot of Arran from the Cock of Arran in the North to Pladda in the South, from Drumadoon Point in the West to Holy Isle in the East. And not to forget Goat Fell, Arran’s highest Mountain (874 m, 2866 ft), from where one has a superb 360 view up to Argyll and the Highlands, over Ayrshire and as far as Ireland.

Culture and shopping guarantee a first class visitors’ experience

The less sportive guests are welcome to visit the many galleries, art and craft shops, visitor centres, the local whisky distillery and Arran’s brewery. Arran is a well known place for first quality cheeses, preserves and toileteries. Many of the visitor attractions and centres offer courses and workshops for those who want to try out a new skill. Arran has also a big number of shops for everyday needs and many a heart’s desires like outdoor and indoor clothing, souvenirs and gifts, books and cards, well stocked village shops often combined with the local Post Office, three Coop outlets, bakers, nurseries and garden centres etc. Not to forget Arran’s dominant cultural life: the many galleries which show the work of local and visiting artists, regular drama production and high-quality musical titbits. You find them all listed on website. Please explore all our pages.
Food and Drink to match your expectations

Enjoying a hearty lunch, ending the day with dining out and savouring the food in one of the many restaurants, tearooms, cafes, pubs and inns is just the cream on the cake. Arran offers a huge choice for all tastes. From 2-AA-Rosettes to a humble pub grub and international take-away, one finds everything. Most eating places try to source local produce, for which Arran is also very famous. You’ll find them all in the appropriate regional pages. Mostly with opening times.

What to Eat After a Workout

workoutRefueling your physical body needs to be a leading concern after an exercise, and also exactly how you rehydrate your physical body is equally as vital. Consume a treat or little dish not long after working out. Pick clever carbohydrate as well as healthy protein resources to sustain muscular tissue healing as well as bring back power degrees. Do not overindulge, or you will certainly negate the health and wellness advantages of your exercise.
Concentrate on Liquids

Keep in mind to remain hydrated previously, throughout and also after your exercise. The American University of Sports Medication suggests consuming 20 to 24 ounces of liquids within 2 hrs for every single extra pound of weight shed while working out. Seeking a reason for a wonderful reward? Baseding on Kati Mora, MS, RD, in “Health and fitness” journal, delicious chocolate milk provides a suitable equilibrium of carbohydrates, healthy protein and also sugars. To offer your physical body a fast power improvement, attempt a smoothie mix made from a high-protein supplement like whey integrated with a banana. Foods with high-water material additionally aid you rehydrate. For a light post-workout dish, have a salad with lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and also celery; for treat, delight in fruit such as watermelon, strawberries as well as melon.

Focus on Carbohydrates

To assist an effective recuperation, the carb reserves you consumed throughout your exercise have to be changed. For the most dietary perks, stick to fiber-rich complicated carbohydrates. After an early morning exercise, attempt a dish of oat meal with fruit or an egg white and also veggie morning meal burrito covered in an entire wheat tortilla. Adhere to a mid-day exercise with a sandwich made on whole-grain bread or a dish of quinoa covered with veggies as well as tofu. Have a passionate dish of multigrain pasta shook with a lean healthy protein as well as veggies following your night workout session. For endurance professional athletes, the American University of Sports Medication suggests eating 30 grams to 60 grams of carbohydrates within HALF AN HOUR of an hour-long exercise for maximum refueling.

State Yes to Healthy protein

Healthy protein is an important part of a post-workout dish since it consists of amino acids that assist reconstruct muscular tissues. Healthy protein additionally assists satisfy the cravings while providing a power improvement. Nourishing resources of healthy protein consist of peanut butter, sea food, tofu, nuts, beans and also eggs. Nuts could be high in fat so appreciate in small amounts. Baseding on sporting activities nutritional expert Nancy Clark in “Food preparation Light,” having a little healthy protein with each dish suffices, however it is not essential to raise healthy protein consumption after an exercise.
Carbohydrate as well as Healthy protein Combination

As opposed to packing up on simply carbohydrates or simply healthy protein, take in a treat or dish that integrates these 2 post-workout fundamentals. Eating carbohydrates as well as healthy proteins with each other might accelerate healing and also be a much more reliable refueling approach, baseding on a 2008 research study released in the “Journal of the International Culture of Sports Nourishment.” Great post-workout choices that incorporate carbohydrates and also healthy protein consist of bean and also cheese burritos made with whole-grain tortillas, peanut butter or cheese with apple pieces, yogurt with blended berries and also granola, fit to be tied veggies and also tofu over wild rice and also hummus with whole-grain pita bread.