Golf, pony trekking, fishing, quad biking, climbing and paragliding are just a few of the activities available nearby. What about strolling along one of the many footpaths, forest tracks or beaches? Within a few minutes’ walk of the Lodge Bunkhouse is Kilmory Beach, the best kept secret on Arran: half a mile of deserted sand.
Walking and Climbing
At 874 metres, Goat Fell is Arran’s highest point and draws hill walkers to the island all year round, the spectacular views from the top alone are worth the climb. However, it is but the pinnacle of what many climbers consider to be some of the finest hill and ridge walking in the country. Away from the lure of the Goat Fell, Arran has an abundance of interesting and varied walks. The Arran Coastal Way (100 km) is a circular route allowing walkers to begin and end their walk at any convenient point. It uses existing paths mainly following the shore and is ideally suited for walkers of all abilities. It can be spread over 7 days quite easily. You’ll more than likely see some of Arran’s seal population on the way!
There are seven golf courses, one for each day of the week, offering good playing conditions and spectacular scenery. The overall variety and standard of golf on offer provides a challenge to both the professional and beginner alike. The Arran Golf Pass offers a great deal to those who wish to play all seven courses, is available from the Brodick Tourist Information Centre and local golf courses.
A variety of terrain awaits the cycling enthusiast and if you don’t have your own bike with you, bicycles of all types are available for hire on the island. The 56 miles around the island are a long but popular route and villages along the way provide many opportunities to enjoy fine views. The String road, across the middle of the island, is a testing route but you will be rewarded with spectacular views to the hills. There are many forestry roads now open to the public where you can test yourself and your bike!
Arran offers the angler a huge variety of fishing in the most tranquil of surroundings. Sea angling form the beach or boat is a delight and with many of the coastal villages offering the chance to take to the sea you have the opportunity to fish and to catch a glimpse of the seals that colonise the island. The rivers and burns see plenty of sea trout with the occasional salmon for early to mid-July onwards and the island’s fisheries offer the angler the chance to catch larger fish. All river and loch fishing requires a permit, these can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre at Brodick Pier. Visit the Arran Angling Association for more info.
Arran is a haven for all sorts of birds, including the mighty golden eagle. Your best place for information is Arran Birding at arranbirding.co.uk
Horse riding and trekking are available and if you’re looking for a challenge why not try out paragliding or quad biking, tuition and equipment are available on the island. Explore Arran’s coastline from the sea and discover the abundance of wildlife in the waters around our shores on cruise with Ocean Breeze Rib Tours. A range of other adventurous activities are offered by Arran Adventure Company in Brodick. From gorge walking to mountain boarding – not for the faint hearted!