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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 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 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, bu…
Pub Food in Lochranza

Catacol Bay Hotel

Genially run, and with a memorable position overlooking the water, this no-frills, somewhat rundown pub 2 miles south of Lochranza offers unpretentious bar food in generous portions. There's a famous Sunday lunch bu…
Bistro in South Coast


Offering a sun-drenched conservatory on the water's edge, this serves grills, seafood and salads in the evening, with lighter offerings during the day. There are several appealing vegetarian choices. It closes Wedne…
Pub Food in Brodick & Around

Ormidale Hotel

This hotel has decent bar food. Dishes change regularly, but there are always some good vegetarian options, and daily specials. Quantities and value-for-money are high, and Arran beers are on tap.
Art in South Coast

Arran Art Gallery

Exquisite landscape portraits of Arran available.
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…
Brewery in Brodick & Around

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…
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…