Just an hour out of Glasgow is the small town of Ardrossen, home to the ferry connecting Scotland to the 60mile island, Arran.
Some might say Arran isn’t your typical holiday destination but for my family, it’s been the chosen destination for over 15years. This weekend was my very first trip to Arran for my stepsisters wedding so I thought it would be good to share my experience with you all.
With a population of only 4,300 people it’s easy to see how Arran has managed to maintain its tradition heritage in a globalised world. Arran feels excluded from modern culture of UK, it feels raw and traditional. I love it!
How often can you say a town is untouched by popular culture? The island has no retail franchises, no Macdonald’s nor a Topshop, infact the only brand you will find on there is Cooperative Food Stores. Signal isn’t great on the island so all that’s left to do is put down your technology and go explore the history of this beautiful island.
1. Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park is a great place to visit! Lose yourself in the Victorian Highland estate, a perfect day out with the family! Brodick Castle is located closely to Goatfell Mountain and is the perfect backdrop for some travel photos.
2. Fancy testing your trekking skills, pull on them walking boots and take a hike up Goatfell, Arran’s highest mountain. Goatfell stands 874meters high and has several routes up depending on your stamina and intensity level. It is rumoured that on a clear day Ireland can be seen from the top.
3. If golf is more your thing then why not make it your challenge to get around all the courses on the island, Arran is home to 12 courses. Or how about shipping the other half off for a game whilst you indulge in one of the spas on the Ireland. Bliss after a long days hike.
And finally, I know your dying to ask, the wedding went perfectly! If your planning your big day then Arran could be an option for you too. This beautiful island has the golden coastal scenes to the right and forestry mountain scenes to the left. It really is simply idyllic.