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Top Choice Brasserie in Brodick & Around

Brodick Bar & Brasserie

Though prices have soared in recent years, this is still one of Arran's most enjoyable eating experiences. The regularly changing blackboard menu brings modern French flair to this Brodick pub, with great presentati…
Top Choice Pub Food in Lamlash

Drift Inn

In our more-or-less humble opinion, this is the island's best pub, offering a plush interior with leather chairs and a fireplace, as well as a fabulous beer garden – enjoy magnificent views from both across to Holy …
Top Choice Cafe in West Coast

Cafe Thyme

At the Old Byre Visitor Centre, this is a very pleasant spot, with chunky wooden tables, outdoor seating and sweeping views from its elevated position. It has home baking, a wide tea selection and decent coffee, but…
Castle in Brodick & Around

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…
Factory in Brodick & Around

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…
Bistro in Brodick & Around

Douglas

Attractive and with upbeat service, the Douglas offers cleanly presented meals to complement its magic view from near the ferry dock. The bar zone serves upmarket versions of classic sandwiches and meals, while the …
Bistro in Lochranza

Stags Pavilion

The best restaurant up this end of the island, this is unassumingly set in the former clubhouse of the rustic Lochranza golf course. There's a strong emphasis on local seafood, and dishes are created with a marked I…
Sandwiches in Lochranza

Sandwich Station

Just by Lochranza's ferry slip, this likeable little spot does a nice line in filled rolls and baguettes, with some unusual filling such as smoked venison with beetroot relish or tomato with guacamole. There are lot…
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…