Self-catering holiday cottages around the coastal village of Whiting Bay, on Scotland’s beautiful Isle of Arran

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Welcome to The Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran


Arran can be considered the most southerly the Hebridean islands, located some 15 miles off the Ayrshire coast, between the mainland and the Kintyre Peninsula.   It is easily accessible, yet remarkably remote.  


The climate is mild due to the effects of the Gulf Stream, though it can be on the damp side in the winter months!  


Arran is sometimes referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, alluding to the contrasting landscapes of the island; mountainous and rugged in the north yet green rolling farmland in the south.


Although home all year round to some 4,500 people and many more visitors in the summer months, the crowd disembarking the weekend ferries seems to melt away into the hills.  Once leaving Brodick, the island takes on a peaceful, almost timeless pace which is part of its magic.  


There are many things to see and do on the island for everyone.  Excellent hill walking (Goat Fell is a ‘Corbett’) can be found in the north and and more gentle excursions to the south. Ancient caves, graves and standing stones abound.



A range of outdoor activities is on offer from kayaking to simply watching the wildlife.  One principal attraction is the golf, where it is said that Arran boasts the highest ratio of courses to population anywhere in the world!  


Indoor pursuits are also available, with a splendid swimming pool and sports facilities at the Auchrannie.  


Shopping is varied and interesting, with many businesses unique to the island.  For those self-catering, there is a well stocked Co-op supermarket in Brodick, supplemented by smaller stores in the principal villages (two in Whiting Bay).  Eating out will cater for most tastes.    


The web is awash with information and anecdotes about the wonderful Isle of Arran.  So much so, that it seems redundant to repeat much more here!  You can see some links we have selected to web sites we have found helpful on the Useful Links page.  In turn, many of these sites have onward links to explore.


Despite the wealth of online information, there is no substitute for visiting and seeing for yourself!  


We look forward to welcoming you to your Arran Holiday Home and to the island!