Holiday Post - Isle of Arran Summer Visit

The beautiful Isle of Arran ( is one of my favourite ever places to visit and the Scott family enjoyed a wonderful holiday there this summer. For a peek at our holiday snaps, read on...
First off, to get to Arran you have to hop on one of the famous CalMac ferries ( We took the Ardrossan to Brodick crossing which is a forty minute bob across the water. Luckily for us on the days we travelled the sea was like a millpond, and a sea-sick-free Mr. Scott was able to indulge in his usual chicken curry (we've only had one crossing in all our visits over the last eighteen or so years where he's been too green around the gills to partake of even a morsel of food). The ferry, as usual, was a model of efficiency and kept to the departure and arrival times. Everywhere was spotlessly clean and the staff throughout were friendly without exception. A great start to the holiday!

Straightaway it felt good to be back on the island and, as we were staying at the gorgeous Auchrannie Spa Resort hotel which is situated, rather handily, in Brodick itself ( - blog post to follow), we had a mere two minute drive before we could unload our suitcases. I kid you not, before you could utter the word 'Prosecco' I'd unpacked and had a glass of the stuff in my hand whilst sitting on a veranda, marvelling at the view and having a good old session of people watching! 

What I love most about the island is the diversity of scenery, and the fact that wherever you are you're never far away from a breath-taking view, whether it be the sea or mountains. I could ramble on ad nauseam but I think, on this occasion, I'll let the photos speak for themselves...

There are plenty of beaches if you fancy a paddle.

Some were rocky:

Some were sandy:

Some were rocky and sandy!:

But all were teaming with wonderful wildlife:

As the weather was so kind, we managed to squeeze in plenty of walks whether it be along a beach, or further inland, where the scenery was just as beautiful.

So, whether you fancy having a Segway Experience (, trying your hand at pony trekking, jumping on a boat for a bit of whale/dolphin spotting, luxuriating in a spa treatment, partaking of a wee dram on a brewery visit (, or just having a drive around the island, absorbing the scenery, Arran offers a wide variety of activities, whatever the weather, for the whole family. And the only thing the Scott family regretted when we left the island was that we weren't staying longer; we really didn't want to leave.

Thank you Arran and your lovely residents for the best holiday we can remember.

Where are your favourite places to visit?

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