Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran (Scots Gaelic: Eilean Arainn) is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. The island is sometimes referred to as "Scotland in miniature", as it is divided into "Highland" and "Lowland" areas by the Highland Boundary Fault which runs northeast to southwest across Scotland. The 90 kilometres (56 mile) long coastal road circumnavigates the island. Two other roads traverse the Island.
red squirrel found on Arran

What to do on Arran

There are lots of outdoor activities: hillwalking, cycling, climbing, paragliding. There is the distillery, brewery, Brodick Castle the Heritage Museum and numerous art and craft outlets, cafes, bars and restaraunts. The Auchrannies spa and swimming pool, Arran Aromatics and the Chocolate shop.
There has been continuous habitation since the early Neolithic period, from which time on there are numerous prehistoric remains. Several Bronze Age sites have been excavated, including "Ossian's Mound" near Clachaig and a cairn near Blackwaterfoot.Standing stones are scattered over the Island from prehistoreic times. Brodick Castle played a prominent part in the island's medieval history.
red deer on arran

Wildlife on Arran

There is diversity of wildlife on Arran. Over 200 species of bird have been recorded on Arran including including Black Guillemot, Eider, Peregrine Falcon and the Golden Eagle.

Red Deer are numerous on the northern hills, and there are populations of Red Squirrel, Badger, Otter, Adder and Common Lizard.

Offshore there are Harbour Porpoises, Basking Sharks and various species of dolphin.

A Geologist's paradise

The profile of the north Arran hills as seen from the Ayrshire coast is a well-known sight referred to as the "Sleeping Warrior" due to its resemblance to a resting human figure.

The highest of these hills is Goat Fell at 873.5 metres (2,866 ft). There are three other Corbetts all in the north east; Caisteal Abhail, Cìr Mhòr and Beinn Tarsuinn.

About Lamlash village

Oakbank Farm is conveniently situated about one mile from Lamlash, the second largest village on Arran. Lamlash is a picturesque village with a large bay over looking Holy isle.
Lamlash is the home of Arran's Hospital, High School, Council Offices, Coast Guard station, Police Station and has it's own Fire station. There is a well stocked Co-op and a General Dealer / Newsagent, a Post Office, Chemist, Butchers, Jeweler's and a hand made craft shop. Both the Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland's, Bank buses stop here.
There are some very fine walks all around Lamlash and going through the forestry land. A regular bus service runs through Lamlash to either Brodick and the North End, or Whiting Bay to the South End. Lamlash Bay has the first Scottish No take zone to protect it's coastal waters and allow fish to breed.