Castle in Brodick

Brodick Castle

This elegant castle 2 miles north of Brodick evolved from 13th-century origins into a stately home and hunting lodge for the Dukes of Hamilton and was used until the 1950s. You enter via the hunting gallery, wallpap…
Island in Lamlash

Holy Island

Just off Lamlash, this island is owned by the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre and used as a retreat, but day visits are allowed. A tide-dependent passenger ferry zips across from Lamlash. No dogs, bikes, alcohol or fires …
Factory in Brodick

Arran Aromatics

Near the castle is this popular shop and visitor centre where you can purchase any number of scented items and watch the production line at work (it runs Monday to Thursday). There's also Soapworks (£6.50, 10am to 4…
Distillery in Lochranza

Isle of Arran Distillery

The Isle of Arran Distillery produces a light, aromatic single malt. The tour is a good one; it’s a small distillery and the whisky-making process is thoroughly explained. There are three to five tours daily. You ca…
Archaeological Site in West Coast

Machrie Moor Stone Circle

On the western side of the island is Machrie Moor Stone Circle, a pleasant 1.2-mile stroll from the parking area on the coastal road. There are actually several separate groups of stones of varying sizes, erected ar…
Brewery in Brodick

Isle of Arran Brewery

This brewery, 1.5 miles from town off the Lochranza road, produces the excellent Arran beers, which include the addictive Arran Dark. Tours run daily: call for times as they vary by season. They last about 45 minute…
Cave in West Coast

King's Cave

You can walk to King's Cave from near Blackwaterfoot (6 miles). Arran is one of several islands that claim the cave where Robert the Bruce had his famous arachnid encounter. This walk can easily be extended to the M…
Castle in Lochranza

Lochranza Castle

The 13th-century Lochranza Castle is said to have been the inspiration for the castle in The Black Island, Hergé’s Tintin adventure. Standing on a promontory, it’s now basically a draughty shell inside, with interpr…
Museum in Brodick

Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

On the way to the castle, this museum has a varied collection of historical and ethnographic items, running from prehistoric stone tools to farming implements. There's good background on the island too.
Archaeological Site in South Coast

Torrylinn Cairn

There's a 10-minute walk from Lagg to Torrylinn Cairn, a chambered tomb over 4000 years old.