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Arran - The Island with Everything
There's a friendly rivalry between Scotland's great isles. Each one jostling for visitors and eager to broadcast its unique appeal to the masses. Even as a local and experienced island-bagger though, it's always very tough to choose between them. Who has the best landscapes, beaches, restaurants, castles....
In Arran, all the bases are covered. Offering beautiful and solitary beaches, rugged mountain ranges and loads of local produce to fill plates and glasses, it really is no wonder that it's so well loved with Scots and international visitors alike. An easy crossing of less than an hour from the mainland means you can be door to door from Glasgow in a couple of hours.
The best bits? Hikers have to get themselves up Goatfell, the isle's highest point and a fantastic walk from Brodick. History (and Outlander) lovers should check out the standing stones at Machrie Moor and the spooky remains of Lochranza Castle. Foodies and drink connoiseurs will be drawn to the Arran Distillery and the Brewery to see the stuff being made at source. While shoppers can't miss Arran Aromatics, a feast for the senses that'll have even the hard men out there suddenly in the mood for a relaxing tub.
Who's been to Arran? What were your favourite memories? And...is it your favourite Scottish island?