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Island of Arran

The islands of Arran and Bute and the peninsula of Kintyre have long been playgrounds for the Scots, particularly the Glaswegians, residents of the City of Glasgow. The topography of each island resembles that of a miniature Scotland, a mountainous north and rolling, pastoral south. Outdoor pursuits include walking, fishing, golf and sailing, while indoor entertainment can be found in Brodick, Campbeltown and Rothesay. Arran has been the favourite island retreat of Glaswegians, residents of Glasgow, and was once popular with Scottish monarchs. Fine mountain scenery in north contrasts with lowlands of south. Robert Bruce landed at Lochranza from Ireland in 1306.

Situated on the Island of Arran, Brodick Castle was the seat of Dukes of Hamilton, built 13th century with later additions. Interior features fine plaster ceilings, furniture, porcelain and paintings. Grounds include 1710 formal garden, Victorian rose garden, and nature trail. It was the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and latterly the Duke of Montrose until 1958 when it passed to the National Trust. Built on the site of a Viking stronghold, the castle dates in parts from the 13th century. The castle was sacked by the English three times. The last occupation being at the command of Oliver Cromwell in the mid 17th century and ended when the garrison was massacred by the islanders.

 

The Isle of Arran (Pevensey Island... Guide) Remote, romantic and often mysterious, the islands off the coast of Scotland hold a strong fascination for thousands of visitors each year. Focusing on the Isle of Arran, this title is one of a series of illustrated guidebooks providing information on heritage, landscape, climate, flora and fauna.

Walking in the Isle of Arran

Walking in the Isle of Arran (A Cicerone... Guide) The Isle of Arran rises from the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Its mountainous form dominates the open waters of the Clyde and its jagged peaks present a challenge to walkers. The Isle of Arran has much to offer the visitor and is often described as "Scotland in miniature". Roads are very few, but opportunities to explore the island on foot are many and varied. This guidebook offers a selection of 40 one-day walks all over the island, from gentle strolls along the glens to tough ridge walks.

Brodick: Arran and the Great War... 1914-1918.

Pictorial History of Arran.

Arran: An Island's Story.

Arran, Arrochar and the Southern... Highlands: Rock and Ice Climbs (Scottish Mountaineering Club Climbers Guides)

Island Walks Southern Hebrides and Arran

Island Walks: Southern Hebrides and Arran The islands off the west coast of Scotland contain some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery in the whole of Europe. From the glacier-worn summits of Arran to the wave-lashed sand dunes on Tiree; from the silent moors of Jura to the raucous seabird colonies of Colonsay; from the medieval legacy of the carved crosses on Islay to the crumbling cottages of the nineteenth-century crofters on Mull, these islands are celebrated not only for their extraordinary natural beauty but also for their unique history. This guide introduces the islands by way of a series of 26 graded walks (easy to strenuous) of various distances (2-13 miles) which will appeal to walkers of all ages and experience. After a short preliminary section on the islands, Stephen Whitehorne introduces the main points of interest of each walk (scenery, wildlife, human settlements etc.) and goes on to provide essential information for the walker - OS references, distances, terrain, convenient stops and various options. As well as sections on natural history and geology and Gaelic language and culture, the book also includes indispensable practical information on weather, local transport, accommodation, access and safety considerations, thus enabling visitors to make the very most of their visit to the islands.

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