Arran Aromatics


Near Brodick 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 noon and 2pm to 4pm) where kids (and adults…) can experiment with making their own soaps, combining colours and moulds to make weird and wonderful creations. There's a similar candle-dipping workshop (£3 for two candles).

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1. Isle of Arran Brewery

0.25 MILES

This brewery, 1.5 miles from Brodick off the Lochranza road, produces the excellent Arran beers, which include the addictive Arran Dark. Tours run daily:…

2. Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

0.37 MILES

This museum has a varied collection of historical and ethnographic items, from prehistoric stone tools to farming implements. There's quite a bit to see…

3. Brodick Castle

0.46 MILES

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. You enter…

4. Holy Island

5.63 MILES

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 ferry zips…

5. Machrie Moor Stone Circle

6.97 MILES

On the western side of Arran island is Machrie Moor Stone Circle, a pleasant 1.2-mile stroll from the parking area on the coastal road, or an extended…

6. King's Cave

8.84 MILES

Arran is one of several islands that claim the cave where Robert the Bruce had his famous arachnid encounter: the story goes that watching a persistent…

7. Isle of Arran Distillery

8.84 MILES

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…

8. Lochranza Castle

9.62 MILES

Photogenic 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…