MANY argue that the most peaceful area of Arran is the south of the island, compromising the villages of Kildonan, Kilmory, Lagg and Sliddery.
They share some fantastic beaches; big sandy bays as well as interesting rock pools.
Kildonan is unusual that it lies a short distance off the main road overlooking the small island of Pladda. Down south you will see the floating volcano Ailsa Craig, a bird sanctuary with an unmistakable outline.
The name Kildonan derives from the name Saint Donan who is reputedly buried in the village. Early life in the village revolved around Kildonan Castle. Once a royal seat, the castle passed between various Scottish nobles, before latterly belonging to the Hamilton family in 1544, by which time they were the earls of Arran.
There is a large sandy beach the length of the village, which is unusual for the geology of Arran where rocky beaches are far more common.
Kilmory is a wonderful place to visit to take in the stunning natural beauty of the area, including the unspoilt and lengthy beach.
Lagg is situated right next to Kilmory at the bottom of a steep hill. Driving into Lagg you always feel as though you have uncovered a hidden gem. It is an unusual village because it is the only one on Arran that doesn’t have a view of the sea.
Sliddery is a tiny hamlet located on the Southwest coast,you can travel along the Ross Road down through the glen to Lamlash with Holy Island in the background. The road itself is about nine miles long.
The south of Arran is full of beautiful sites all visitors should see during their visit. Without a doubt it is the most laid back end of the island offering plenty of opportunities to relax.
Arran is a wonderful place to holiday.
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