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Isle of Arran

From the spectacular granite peaks and deep glens in the north - a delight for hill walkers and climbers - to the rolling hills and pastures in the south, Arran is indeed an 'Island to Treasure'. The imposing peak of Goat Fell, at 874 metres, is Arran's highest point, and in itself draws thousands of hill walkers to the island every year. The coastal road links a series of pretty, unspoilt villages, and the coastline itself is punctuated by sandy bays and darks caves. Further inland you can discover one of the many ancient stone circles on Machrie Moor.

The awesome King's Cave is said to be where Robert the Bruce was inspired by the determination of a small spider, and a stone with a hole through it on Machrie Moor is fabled as the place where Fingal - the Irish warlord, tethered his dog Bran.

A legend that is based on fact, tells that if a ghostly white stag appears, it heralds the demise of one of the members of the ruling family. The stag is in fact a rare albino that if seen by tourists today, is only regarded as a lucky sighting.

The island is renowned for its traditional and home made foods, and is unique in the diversity of its local produce. Arran cheese, mustard, oatcakes, beer and chocolate, are all produced on the island, and you can visit The Isle of Arran Distillery in Lochranza and taste their very special whisky.

Brodick castle, set in Beautiful gardens, is certainly worth a visit and contains fine collections of porcelain, silverware and furniture from around the world.