In Pictures: The Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Take Doctor Evil and Mini-me from Austin Powers with a wave of Mother Nature’s tartan wand, what do you get?

Scotland and the Isle of Arran!

I had long been aware of Arran’s reputation as Scotland’s mini-me long before my recent first visit, and by my second day of exploration on the island I understood exactly why. Here is my time on the Isle of Arran, in pictures.

Isle of Arran

Arran has everything…

Ivory sand and rock scattered beaches stretch alongside the scenic coastal roads

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

 Windy woodland paths are damp, fragrant and surrounded by luminous green foliage and  impressively tall trees

Isle of Arran

Steady streams of water slide over smooth rocks, descending down to peaty pools below

Isle of Arran

Holding the secrets of the past, circles of mysterious stones stand in the middle of a vast moorland

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

The north is strangely reminiscent of the golden and green glens of the Highlands, where clouds of mist hover over the hills

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Castles stand in uninhabited ruins, protecting little inlets of land…

Isle of Arran

…while others overlook glorious floral gardens

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Every seat is a seat with a view

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Every view is absolutely stunning 

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Arran is where a row of 12 identical houses each have a unique top window, so that sailors would know whether a light message was being sent to them from home

Isle of Arran

It’s also where you’ll find a summer house  with a ceiling made of pine cones

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

The island is home to just over 5000 people and a selection of wildlife

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Isleof Arran

…including wild bloggers in silly hats!

Isle of Arran

Have you visited Arran or any of the Western Isles?

Where is your favourite place in Scotland?

8 Comments

  • Robb says:

    Thanks for the Isle of Arran blog Kay, i’ll be going myself during the middle of May to complete the circular walk (anti-clockwise) from and back to Brodick. I’ll be sure to check out the Summer House and ‘Pod camping’ on the island when i’m there.
    Did you have chance to summit Goatfell or was it just the Glens below the mountain range.

    • Kay says:

      Why, you’re very welcome Robb 🙂 Thanks for reading them. I have another coming about the delicious local food and drink, so watch out!

      Have you been to Arran before? It was my first time and I totally fell in love with the place.

      I didn’t manage to do any serious walking no, as I was only there for 2 days. I would definitely like to do some decent hikes and hill walks when I return.

  • I’d love to spend some time here! The pictures are beautiful and those beaches/shorelines look perfect for a bit of beachcombing.

  • Anna says:

    Wow! Love the scenery. I’ve never been to Scotland so far but these pictures immediately made me want to go. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Kay says:

      Aaaaaah, my mission is complete 😀
      You definitely have to swing by Scotland Anna and the Isle of Arran pretty sums up the best of my homeland in one wee island!

  • Phil says:

    Kay,

    Just coming to the end our a couple of weeks on Arran – our first holiday here.

    Your photos capture the stunning scenery here so well – everywhere you look there’s another breathtaking view.

    Our Border Collie puppy has particularly enjoyed splashing in the sea and the burns!

    Yesterday we took a walk to Glenashdale Falls – would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the island, well worth the effort.

    Thanks for sharing your pics!

    • Kay says:

      Hi Phil,

      It sounds like you’ve had a lovely first visit, and I bet your wee pooch was in its element.

      You’re so right, you’re spoiled for choice with the scenery – you don’t know where to look!

      I did do the walk to Glenashdale Falls, if was lovely indeed.

      Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • John Tilbury says:

    My home island 😀

    I currently live in Newcastle for University, and am going back up to Arran in a couple of weeks during the Easter break. Can’t wait to see all this again in the flesh!

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