The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde and is approximately 20 miles long by 10 miles across. It has a population of about 5000 living in a dozen picturesque villages scattered around the coastline of the island.
The island is a showcase of the best of what Scotland has to offer.
A stunning coastline of sandy bays and coastal walks, towering granite peaks in the north with some of the best ridge walking in Scotland, rolling farmland and woodland in the south.
Leisure time can be spent on an impressive range of outdoor activities. Water sports such as sailing, kayaking and windsurfing, a great variety of climbing and walking, mountain biking, paragliding and much else. There are seven challenging courses to tempt the golfer.
The wildlife is outstanding, with deer, pheasant, otter and eagle readily seen in the mountains. There are over 100 species of birds. There are colonies of seals near coastal caves, trails and pathways to mysterious Bronze Age Stone Circles, and many relaxing angling hours to be enjoyed by streams or sea.
There is a vibrant arts community on the island with several annual exhibitions, Arran Visual Arts classes, annual drama and music festivals. Regular music concerts are held including jazz, folk and fiddle, with sessions in the local village pubs.
Here’s a video we took of some local otters: