Glasgow's nearest proper island getaway

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Calling the isle of Arran “Scotland in miniature” has become something of a cliche, but there’s truth to the observation that craggy upland landscapes and tidy coastal strips lie side by side here.

The need to take a ferry (5–9 daily; 50mins) here – most commonly from Ardrossan to the island’s main settlement Brodick – keeps things a little quieter and less developed than the mainland.

Brodick Castle is a highlight, but there are many nice marked hikes and cycle rides. The Information centre has details.

At A Glance

Visitor Information: The Pier
Brodick KA27 8AU
44 1770 303 774

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