Arran – An Island of Two Halves

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Ever feel like you are being torn in two when it comes to finding a holiday destination that caters for everyone? The children want somewhere where they can cycle and take part in other outdoor activities whilst the parents are thinking more along the lines of a relaxing break! For a holiday that combines both - head for the beautiful Scottish island of Arran.

The rugged landscape of the north of the island lends itself to outdoor sports such as walking and cycling whereas the southern half of Arran offers a far more relaxing break taking in the history and heritage of the island.

Maureen McKenna, of VisitArran, says, "Arran really is an island of two halves so it's the ideal destination if there are arguments in the family or between partners about the type of location they are looking for in a holiday destination. Its almost like buy one holiday, get one free!"

Maureen continues, "Visitors can enjoy all the elements the island has to offer. From wildlife excursions, to castle visits and quad biking, there are an immense range of activities for every age group and ability."


For a holiday that combines both relaxation and outdoor pursuits head for the beautiful Scottish island of Arran. Arran Adventure Company offers power boating, gorge walking, kayaking, archery and mountain biking at the superb and fully equipped Arran Adventure Centre.

Adventurous holiday makers should head to:
o    Arran Adventure Company - Power boating, gorge walking, kayaking, archery and mountain boarding are all on offer at the superb and fully equipped Arran Adventure Centre. With specific activities for children and families it offers extreme sports in a safe environment with qualified instructors.
o    You will also find paragliding with 'Flying Fever' and power boat excursions with Arran Charter as well as a wide range of activities available all over the island, there is certainly plenty to keep outdoor enthusiasts entertained.
o    The Granite Dome (carved by ancient Glaciers) - Hike up into this majestic landscape which was formed when a huge dome of molten rock slowly cooled. The jagged mountains were sculpted by glaciers during the Ice Ages. Enjoy a spectacular view of Goat Fell and the Arran mountains.
o    Get a different perspective on the island by taking to the air for a short helicopter flight. Enjoy a bird's eye view of the isle and don't forget your camera!
o    With many new off road routes through the forests, taking your bike to Arran is one of the smartest things that you can ever do. The island was simply made for cycling. There are great routes round the coast where you can cycle for miles on flat roads. Or you can head for the hills for more of a challenge or go off road for a bit of mountain biking.

Holiday makers looking for relaxation and a slower pace of life should head to:
o    Auchrannie Spa and Resort - Total relaxation and well-being is the aim of the day. Take advantage of the leisure, pampering and dining facilities. Auchrannie will ensure you return from your well earned break refreshed and enriched.
o    Food Glorious Food! - Arran's food & drink producers are as varied and diverse as the island's wonderful landscape. The oatcakes, cheeses, mustards, beers and even ice-creams are all hand made on the island and are readily available in quality restaurants and speciality shops across the country. Fine food and drink producers on the island include The Island Cheese Company, Arran Dairies, Wooleys of Arran, Arran Brewery and Isle of Arran Distillery.
o    Brodick Castle, Gardens & Country Park - To find out more about the history and heritage of the island take a trip to the castle which is home to the only island Country Park in Britain. With over ten miles of trails you can take in great views, trek though peaceful woodlands and discover hidden waterfalls and gorges as well as gaining entry to the castle which houses collections of paintings, porcelain, silver and trophies. History enthusiasts can also visit Arran Heritage Museum which can be combined with a picnic by the riverside. Visit the museum to learn about the history of the island before retiring with refreshments to the riverside.

The Isle of Arran has a population of around 5000. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide and is the most southerly Scottish island. Catch one of the regular Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Ardrossan, on the Ayrshire coast, to Brodick, Arran where you can explore the magical and stunning natural environment of this beautiful Scottish island.  For more information about Arran log onto www.visitarran.com or call 01770 302374.


For a holiday that combines both relaxation and outdoor pursuits head for the beautiful Scottish island of Arran. Find out more about the history and heritage of the island with a trip to Brodick Castle, Gardens & Country Park.