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Arran Villages

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Brodick name

Three of the largest villages on Arran are on the east coast of the island, comprising Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay.

Brodick, meaning ‘broad bay’ from its Norse roots Breiðvík, is the largest village, overlooked by Arran’s highest peak Goat Fell and the first place visitors see when the embark from the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ardrossan. Like the rest of the island, Brodick is a popular holiday destination and a good base for hill-walking.

There are many family-owned and independent hotels, restaurants, shops, bed and breakfast establishments, guest houses and outdoor activities.

There is also a brewery, a sports and leisure complex and an 18-hole golf course. And of course there’s the National Trust for Scotland-owned Brodick Castle, the previous seat of the Duke of Hamilton where there has been a fortress of some sort or another since the fifth century. As well as the castle, there’s walled garden dating from 1710 which has been restored as a Victorian garden. The country park surrounding the castle has trails, woodlands, waterfalls, gorges, wildlife ponds and more.

Lamlash nameLamlash is Arran’s second largest village, just three miles from Brodick and looks out to the Holy Isle, owned by the Samye Ling Buddhist Community, who belong to the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. It has the bigger population as well as the only secondary school and hospital on Arran.

Lamlash also is home to a variety of hotels, restaurants and bed and breakfast establishments. Entertainment abounds all year round, including the arts festival, open studios, Santa’s Sparkle, musical festival and more. Lamlash Bay itself is popular with sailors and a haven for outdoor activities.

Whiting Bay signAnother three miles south from  Lamlash is the picturesque Whiting Bay, thought to have derived from ‘Viking Bay’. It is the third largest village on Arran, and a good place for some easy walking with everything from the Glenashdale Falls and the Giants Graves’ within easy walking distance – and a golf course too! While there are many more magical spots to discover on Arran, these three villages are a good place to start.


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The Royal Mile (Edinburgh)

The Royal Mile

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Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of the most iconic streets in Scotland, with Edinburgh Castle at one end and Holyrood Palace at the other.

It was the heart of the Old Town and at one time, along with Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Cannongate and Abbey Strand,  housed 70,000 people.

It is thought it was called the Royal Mile from the time of King David I, who originally set out the High Street in the  1120s, often referred to as the Via Regis or Way of the King.

The buildings in the Royal Mile were originally constructed of timber, but were destroyed by the English in 1544 and replacement buildings built out of stone by the turn of that century.

But the more familiar lay-out and look of the Royal Mile and surrounding streets did not emerge until the mid-1800s, with the Cannongate particularly modelled on what it would have looked like 500 years previously.

Today the Royal Mile is probably the busiest tourist centre in Scotland, alongside its New Town equivalent, Prince’s Street.

It is the focus for many tourists visiting Scotland and for the annual Edinburgh Festival in the month of August.

Along the Royal Mile you can do everything from purchase a bag of Scottish fish and chips to a full kilt outfit, sample the water of life – whisky – from all parts of Scotland or eat in some of the most atmospheric venues in Edinburgh, seek out uniquely Scottish designer jewellery and clothes or join guided tours that take you beyond the tourist shops, sample museums of all kinds or just take in the atmosphere.

Of course one of the most modern buildings connected to the Royal Mile is the iconic Scottish Parliament, designed by the late Catalan architect Enric Miralles, who died before the building was completed.