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Isle of Arran get away

A week of hiking, skim boarding, gorge walking, trying local food, drinking beer and enjoying the sun.

by riaancoetzeeAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeUnited Kingdom1 day / July 2021

Highs & Lows

Skim boarding on the beach in the summer heat was incredible.

The horseflies and midges were very annoying as it got towards dusk time on the island.

Itinerary Overview

In mid July me, my partner and her family set off to the Isle of Arran. The only way to get onto the island by car is by a ferry that we took which takes around 45 minutes from the mainland. The views from the top of the ferry were absolutely incredible as we went over the water at sunset. Once onto the island drove about 20 minutes to the Glen Rosa campsite which should have only taken 5-10 minutes, however, it was slightly more difficult to find than explained. The campsite has very basic facilities e.g. a tap for drinking water, toilets and a field to set up tents. My only issue with the campsite was the amount of midges that were there (at one point we had to sit back in the car for a while during the tent setup because they were that bad) but in Scotland you have to accept the fact there are going to be a lot anyway. The next day we headed to the house that we were staying in for the week which was about a thirty minute drive although it didn’t feel that long because the views from the coastal road were absolutely stunning. The house we stayed in was a place called black water foot overlooking the sea and was only a five minute walk from the beach. 



  • Day trip: Goatfell
  • Day trip: King's Caves
    Exploring caves and secluded beaches

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I think if I could go back I would have definitely tried to do a bit more of the activities or I would have done a bit more walking on the island as I feel like I didn’t do as much as I should have done.

  • Packing tips?

    The only thing I would recommend to pack is insect repellent because if you go out during the dusk hours you will definitely need it.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The island is very easy to get around on. There’s a coastal road that loops around the entire island and it only takes about an hour to do the full circuit in a car. I would recommend if the weather is good enough that you cycle as much as possible.