Isle of Arran is the largest island in Firth of Clyde and Scotland's 7th largest. Arran island covers a total area of approx 432 km2 (167 ml2) and has population around 5,000.
By size, the list of main (largest) Firth of Clyde Islands is as follows: Arran (432 km2), Bute (122 km2), Great Cumbrae (11,7 km2), Holy Isle (2,5 km2), Little Cumbrae (3 km2), Sanda (1,3 km2), Ailsa Craig (1 km2). Firth of Clyde Islands are Scotland's 5th largest island group - after the Hebrides (Inner and Outer), Orkneys and Shetlands. Administratively, they are part of Argyll and Bute.
- Although physically and culturally similar to Hebrides, Arran Island is separated from them by the Kintyre Peninsula.
- The island has been continuously inhabited since early Neolithic times. As of the 6th century, peoples coming from Ireland colonised the island and it became a major religious centre.
- During the Viking Age, Arran was owned by Norway, until the 13th century when it was formally added to the territories of Scotland.
- In recent years, the local population and economy have recovered, with the major industry being tourism.
- Arran Island is linked with mainland Scotland via two ferries operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, MV Catriona ferry ship serves it during summer only (leaving from Lochranza to Claonaig). MV Caledonian Isles ferry ship leaves out of Brodick to Ardrossan. MV Isle of Arran ferry ship offers additional service leaving from Brodick to Ardrossan in the summer. Summer day trips are also available on the paddle steamer PS Waverley. Summertime service is operated by local residents and links Lamlash with neighbouring Holy Isle.
- Among Arran's main tourist attractions is the Brodick Castle (owned by National Trust for Scotland) and the Auchrannie Resort (has 2 hotels, 2 leisure complexes, 3 restaurants). The latter is among the largest employers on the island. Other larger local businesses are the Arran Distillery (established 1995 in Lochranza) and Arran Aromatics (toiletries producer).
- Arran Island also has several golf courses, including the 12-hole Shiskine Links (opened in 1896).
Highlights: Isle of Arran, Brodick Castle, Lochranza Castle
Isle of Arran cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Isle of Arran dock (anchor) at Brodick - the island's main ferry port on the eastern coast.
Some ships may also stop at Lamlash - port town also located on the eastern coast (to the south of Brodick).
During summer, Arran Island (Brodick) is regularly visited by PS Waverley - world's oldest (only one) original and still operational paddle-wheel steamship.
Isle of Arran tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
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Port Isle of Arran cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Isle of Arran, Brodick-Lamlash, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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