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Arran

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KNOWN as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, Arran is a condensed version of the best that Scotland has to offer. Arran is one of the most easily accessible islands as it is only a 55-minute crossing from Ardrossan to Brodick. The Claonaig to Lochranza ferry service from Kintyre makes the island easily accessible from the Highlands and islands as well.

Drumadoon Bay

The north end of the island is covered in high peaks perfect for climbing enthusiasts.

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.

Whether you are looking to escape for a weekend, have an action-packed break or just uncover the hidden delights, there is something here for everyone.

Kildonan Castle

Arran is a wonderful place to holiday.

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Arran Villages

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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 Moray Coast


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The Moray Coast includes the town of Buckie, pretty coastal fishing villages of Cullen, Portknockie and  Findochty.

At the height of the fishing industry in Scotland, Portknockie was a significant herring port with around 100 sailing boats in its harbour. Today it still has a fleet of around 10 fishing boats with five smaller creel boats landing creels and mackerel.

Cullen is a busy, popular village in the summer months and is the name-sake of the famous Cullen Skink soup, comprising smoked haddock, milk, potato and onion.

Inland is the popular tourist village of Fochabers, close to the River Spey and on the A96 as well as a number of popular peaks for walking including Bin Hill, Black Hill, and Hill of Maud.

Buckie is a burgh town on the Moray Firth and is the third largest town in the Moray area after Elgin and Forres.

It lies between Banff and Elgin on the north-east coast of Scotland and grew up either side of the Burn of Buckie which winds its way through the centre of the town.

Buckie is the amalgamation of a series of separate fishing villages.  A new town was laid out in the late 18th century and early 19th century above and behind the fishing villages and this area revolves around Cluny Square, with East Church Street and West Church Street leading from it and the North Kirk at one corner.

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Campbeltown

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ONE of Argyll’s largest towns, Campbeltown, on the eastern tip of the Kintyre peninsula, is a natural port, set in deep water and sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly wind by Davaar Island.
Originally called Kinlochkilkerran back in the 1600s, the Chief of the Clan Campbell decided that, as one of the key towns in his domain, it should carry the name of Campbell and so it became Campbeltown.

The town itself if home to many structures of splendid architecture, a legacy of Victorian wealth and status that made Campbeltown the centre of thriving industry through fishing, boat building and whisky.

Surrounding the town are numerous sites of historical and cultural interest, wide sweeping beaches and breathtaking views out over the Atlantic Ocean. While, within the town itself, there is a new leisure complex which has attracted a host of awards.

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Oban

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In days gone by when travel was mainly by rail and steamer Oban was called the Charing Cross of the north. It was where all routes seemed to meet.
The same still holds true today, if you’re going out to or coming from the islands chances are your ferry will berth here.
It’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

On the hill above the town stands McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished project which has gone on to become the town’s major landmark and a beautiful spot to look out over the sea to the islands.
Or you can pick your spot in the bay and watch the boats and people come and go. There’s the Lighthouse Pier, where the ships servicing the lighthouses and navigation buoys dock; the South Pier with the fishing boats; the Railway Pier with the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries and the North Pier with boats from the Royal Navy, visiting foreign navies, tall ships, Customs cutters and dive boats.

Not to mention the big cruise liners which anchor in the bay and send their tenders in to The Oban Times slip or Oban’s regular visiting small, luxury liners.

It’s enough to wear you out watching all that, so you’d best go to one of the town’s many excellent eating places, from award winning cuisine and famous fish and chip shops to friendly cafes and sea food stalls to keep your strength up.

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Mull

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Isle of Mull

One of the largest of the Hebridean islands, the Isle of Mull offers a diverse terrain from towering 1,000 foot high sea cliffs to white sand beaches, forests and glens, where wildlife abounds.
Although the island coastline covers some 300 miles there are less than 3,000 people living on Mull, with the island’s capital town of Tobermory accounting for nearly 1,000 of those.

Mull has for many years been acknowledged as a holiday island.

Steeped in Celtic and Viking folklore and amid spectacular scenery, the island is also widely recognised as a centre for eco-tourism, with Golden and White Tailed Eagles, dolphins and basking sharks, deer, otters and puffins among the star attractions.
Reaching Mull is relatively simple – with very regular car ferries making the 45-minute crossing from Oban. Alternatively, there are also ferry links with Lochaline and Kilchoan. Accommodation is plentiful and ranges from modern hotels to comfortable bed and breakfast within local homes or self-catering establishments, campsites, hostels and bunkhouses.
For the younger visitor, Tobermory will still be recognised as the setting for children’s television town Balamory.

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Lorn

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Lorn, now the northern part of Argyll and Bute, has a rich and historic past and has links with the Macdonalds, Stewarts and Campbells. Don’t let today’s tranquillity fool you; just take a look at the number of castles dotted round the area and you can see that this wasn’t always the most peaceful place to live.

North Lorn is the land north of Loch Etive and Nether Lorn can be said to be the land between the Lochs Awe, Avich and Melfort.
And above them all is Ben Cruachan, Argyll’s highest mountain, now hollowed out to house a hydro electricity power station.
The coast line makes it a sailor’s paradise and home to such abundant sea life that Lorn is home to The Scottish Association for Marine Science’s Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory.

The coming of the West Highland Railway opened up the area for tourism and ever since people have enjoyed a West Highland welcome; even Queen Victoria was amused.

There’s so much to see or do and so many friendly villages to visit and islands off the coast to explore that it’s no surprise that people keep coming back again and again to Lorn.

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Lochgilphead

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Lochgilphead has grown over the last couple of centuries to become the hub of Argyll and Bute.

Argyll is such a large geographical area with Lorn to the north, the Kintyre and Cowal Peninsulas, the Isle of Bute and more than 20 other populated Hebridean islands, so Lochgilphead has been used historically as an administrative centre. It was a planned town, created in 1790 after the completion of the road from the Royal Burgh of  Inveraray, home of the Duke of Argyll to Campbeltown.

The Crinan Canal, which starts at Ardrishaig and finishes at Crinan, passing through Cairnbaan on the way, soon followed and its position at the head of Loch Gilp, a branch of Loch Fyne, meant that it was at the heart of the land and sea routes.

Local government is centred here; the offices are based in Kilmory Castle in a woodland park with a noted collection of trees and plants and an Iron Age Fort, so you could say that local government in Lochgilphead is nothing new.

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Lochaber

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Ardnamurchan, Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis, Road to the Isles and the Great Glen are the areas that traditionally make up Lochaber. That’s a roll call of some of the most magnificent countryside in Scotland and the West Highlands.
In the last century commandos and secret agents were sent to survival schools and training camps in this part of the world; nowadays people come for fun and their activities have earned Fort William the title The Outdoor Capital of the UK.

But don’t let all this hearty activity blind you to the fact that Lochaber has a wonderful rich history and tradition built upon Gaelic culture; after all it was here that Prince Charles Edward Stuart chose to land and raise his standard in his attempt to reclaim the throne for the Jacobites.

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Islay North

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Islay North is steeped in clan history as well as being home to the Royal Society for Protection of Birds nature reserve and farm at Loch Gruinart. The nature reserve is an important place for migrating birds – including 45 per cent of the world’s population of Greenland barnacle geese in winter –  and other wildlife, from butterflies to otters and hares to seals.

Finlaggan was the administrative centre of the Lordship of the Isles in the 1300-1400s.

The story can be followed at the Finlaggan Visitor Centre, while the ruined Kilnave Chapel overlooks the scene of a bloody clan battle between the McDonalds and MacLeans.

Five of the island’s eight distilleries can be found in the north, as well as the other main ferry port of Port Askaig. The Gaelic language has a strong presence on the island and Bowmore is home to Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, the Galeic language and culture centre.

Compared to Jura, neighbouring Islay is overcrowded; there are only 180 people living on Jura but lots and lots more deer.

The island has a small village, Craighouse, and its west coast has no full-time inhabitants.
Jura is dominated by its three magnificent mountains, the Paps of Jura: Beinn an Oir Beinn Shiantaidh and Beinn a’ Chaolais, they can be seen as far away as Northern Ireland in the south and Skye in the north.

To the north of Jura lies the Gulf of Corryvreckan where, tidal conditions produce a whirlpool classed as the third largest in the world. The waves can reach 30 feet and the roar of the waters can be heard up to 10 miles away.

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