Isle of Arran

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The Isle of Arran ( Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Arainn, in short: Arran ) is a unitary authority to the Scottish North Ayrshire belonging island. It is located in the Firth of Clyde in the west of Scotland and is separated by the Kilbrennan Sound of the Kintyre peninsula.

It is not to be confused with the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland in County Galway.


Arran is sometimes referred to as a miniature version of Scotland, as the island in the north and south showing different landscapes. Favored by the Gulf Stream it has a mild climate that makes even palm trees thrive. The interior of the 32 by 16 mile island (430 km2) in particular is not accessible by roads in highly rugged mountainous northern part marshy and a popular hiking area and geologists. Here is the 874 meter high Goat Fell, the tallest mountain on the island. About six kilometers northwest of Goat Fell begins Glen Iorsa, the largest valley on the island. It extends over 13.5 km in a southwesterly direction until after Dougarie on Kilbrannan Sound. On the island live 5,000 people, including 1,000 in the port of Brodick. Other ports are in Lamlash and Lochranza.

Virtually uninhabited, the small neighboring island east of Arran Holy Iceland, St. on the island of Arran Holy Las is lived. Today, the island Buddhists who lead a monastery and a training center there is one (as of 2010 ). The small island Pladda lies immediately south of Arran.


In Ballygalley in County Antrim in Northern Ireland and on the Scottish mainland found Neolithic artifacts from Pechstein, a volcanic glass high quality, clearly derived from the Corriegills - Clauchland area in the southeast Arrans. Similar stone qualities come on Eigg, Mull and Raasay and at Ardnamurchan ago on the Scottish mainland.

Early History

A Scandinavian grave was on the island, in addition to the prehistoric monuments, with weapons from before 750 found.


On Arran can be found

  • Kilpatrick
  • Caisteal Torr ( Torr or a'Caistel )

Many of the sights are in a circular walk on the Arran Coastal Way explore.

Economy and Transport

On Arran there is the Arran distillery and a brewery.

The main road runs along the coast completely around the island; in the south there are also some cross-links. Buses depart from Brodick in both directions.

The following ferry lines connect Arran with the Scottish mainland:

  • Ardrossan ( Ayrshire ) Brodick ( Arran ), journey time approximately 55 minutes
  • Lochranza ( Arran ) Claonaig ( Kintyre Peninsula ), journey time approximately 30 minutes