There’s nothing better than discovering your home country.
I love Scotland, I love the rugged wild nature of the courtyside and most of all I love discovering new places to wander! Arran is only a few hours from Glasgow but for some bizarre reason I’d never been, so when I got the opportunity to explore this Scottish island I jumped at it, and let me tell you that little island stole my heart.
Here are my top 7 things to do in Arran;
- Aspa at Auchrannie – Scotlands first destination Spa will not disappoint. From the Relaxation rooms to the sauna, every detail is perfect. I thoroughly recommend spending the day and making the most of the facilities. The hot stone massage and the signature facial are a great combo for leaving you feeling relaxed and pampered.
- Spend the day listening to live music – Fiddlers Bar in Brodick is something of a local hot spot. On a Sunday they have an open mic day where locals come and play music together. I really don’t know where else you see someone playing the harp with a folk band! The food is also amazing with a big vegetarian choice.
- Arran Cheese Shop – Cheese lovers rejoice! This is your one stop shop for all things cheese related, I’m not kidding, you can get everything from oil to crackers and the cheese! Oh the cheese comes in so many options it’s hard to choose. Go and enjoy your cheese dreams.
- Arran Aromatics – Something of a Scottish Institution, you’ll find Arran Aromatics all over Arran, and Scotland! The bath salts are worth the trip alone but pick up some cute gifts for the people back home and you are sure to get some extra brownie points.
- Brodick Castle – Have a wander around the Castle grounds, head through the forest and find the hidden Bavarian summer house, wander round the ponds and take in the views. Perfect for an afternoon out with the dogs. Watch out for the Red Squirrels, they are too cute to miss.
- Go seal spotting – Head to Kildonan beach for some seal spotting! The beach is picturesque but a little difficult to get to so make sure you are up for a little trek. Trust me the beach is worth it, locals moor their boats here and you can spy seals basking on the nearby rocks.
- Feast on some Scottish Tapas – Eighteen 69 is located in Auchrannie and is the perfect way to sample Scottish dining! Small plated mean that you can experience everything, from tattie scone and haggis to mussels and black pudding. Don’t forget to try the Cranachan, made with whisky, cream, toasted oats and raspberries it’s a taste sensation.