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The Isle of Arran is one of the UK's most spectacular islands with a great diversity of scenery from dramatic peaks and valleys carved during the Ice Age to broad, sheltered coastal bays.

In winter the island is a wildlife haven with Red Deer, Otters, Common Seals and Red Squirrels.

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The British Isles is a nation of islands. There are more than 6,000 islands around our coast. They're great havens for wildlife too.

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  • Our islands offer amazing opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Nature's Calendar team on bird watching and fossil hunting?

Isle of Arran - Visitor Guide

Address:Isle of Arran, Scotland.

Senior Ranger, National Trust for Scotland, Countryside Ranger Service, Brodick Castle and Country Park, Isle of Arran
01770 302462

e-mailBrodick Castle -

Ayrshire and Arran Tourist Board -
Map:Isle of Arran Streetmap
Essential kit:Flower guide. Protective clothing for nature watching. Binoculars for bird watching. Note - the climate is generally pretty mild in winter due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream.
Nature watching:Bird watching. Horse riding, rambling, and outdoor activities. Flower spotting.

The best locations to see Golden Eagles are to the north of Arran.

There's only one main circular road so it's easy to find your way around. If you want to take things at an even slower pace, check out the Arran Coastal Way, a 60 mile route around the island.

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Access:Varies depending on locations within island.
Getting there:

Daily ferry service - take the 55 minute ferry crossing from Ardrossan to Brodick, or the boat service from Kintyre.

Ferry times from Calmac - Hebridean and Clyde Ferries

Opening times:Year round.
Charges:Some charges for specific activities.
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