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Welcome to Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Located close to Scotland's Ayrshire coast and Glasgow, Arran's picturesque villages dot the coastline where rugged mountains juxtapose the green rolling hills and woodlands, attracting both travellers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of life in the big city and those wanting an adventurous holiday in the great outdoors. Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and, like many of its neighbouring islands, there is prehistoric evidence of continuous habitation since the early Neolithic period. Archaeological sites such as 'Ossian's Mound' near Clachaig and a cairn near Blackwaterfoot have yielded ancient treasures providing a tantalising glimpse into the rich history of this region, while the six stone circles at Machrie Moor date back as far as the Neolithic period. Brodick Castle is one of Arran's main tourist attractions, and was previously a seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, while the 14th-century Lochranza Castle was once used as a hunting lodge for Scottish kings. Though many tourists come here to visit the world-famous Arran Distillery to sample the single malt whisky in its home, they will be surprised at the amount of other activities Arran has to offer. There really is quite literally something for everyone on the Isle of Arran. Whisky tasting aside, other attractions and activities to enjoy on the Isle of Arran include gardens, museums and heritage centres, while the great outdoors beckons to even the most hardened city-slicker with lush rolling green hills, plenty of walks, quad biking, cycling trails, fantastic golfing and some great trout fishing. With everything from salmon and venison to chocolate and beer, the Isle of Arran also attracts 'foodies' and is earning an international name for itself thanks to its high quality local produce.

Information & Facts

English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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