On the north side, surrounding the bay and the ruins of a 13th Century Castle, Lochranza is a typical picture-postcard village. Its popularity with wildlife seekers (there are hundreds of red deer throughout the area) and those wishing to walk the hills makes the village a well-known and much loved destination. The Whisky distillery, the ferry service to Kintyre, an art gallery in an old church and several places to eat and stay add to the charm of the area. There are four visitor moorings in Lochranza Bay on a first come, first served basis. You might experience a «close encounter» with deer on the Golf course, which sports a small shop for essentials and a tearoom/restaurant. A great walk is from Lochranza along Torr Meadhonach to Laggan and then northwards to the Cock of Arran, passing disused coal pits and salt pans, as well as Ossian's cave and back to Lochranza. The only Youth Hostel on Arran is here and is now in the second year after a thorough renovation. Catacol, just a mile or so south, is a tiny hamlet with access to Loch Tanna and a quiet pebble beach runs along the entire shoreline. Both villages have each a Hotel with a lively Pub.
- Apple Lodge, Lochranza, 01770 830 229, open all year (not Christmas and New Year)
- Caberfeidh B&B, Lochranza, 01770 830 255, open Easter to October
- Castlekirk, Lochranza, 01770 830 202, open March to November
- Catacol Bay Hotel, Catacol, 01770 830 231, open all year
- Field Studies Centre B&B, Lochranza, sleeps ca 30, 01770 830 637
- Fyne View, Lochranza, 01770 830 386, open all year
- Kincardine Lodge, Lochranza, 01770 830 267, open all year
- Lochranza Hotel, Lochranza, 01770 830 223, open all year
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- 1 Catacol Row, Catacol, sleeps 6, 01770 830 224, open all year
- 11 The Apostles, Catacol, sleeps 4, 01770 810 615, open all year
- ar Nead Beag, Lochranza, sleeps 2, 01770 830 267, open all year
- Butt Lodge Country House, Lochranza, sleeps 12, 01381 610 496, open all year
- Cnoc Cottage, Lochranza, sleeps 7, work 0141 221 8931, home 0141 334 6998, open 2nd half Sep to End May
- Craggs, Catacol, sleeps 4, 01770 830 348, open all year
- Hazelbank Cottage, sleeps 6, 01208 873 420, open Easter to October
- Hideaway, Catacol, sleeps 2 + 1, 01770 830 343, open all year
- Ladeside, Lochranza, sleeps 8, 01698 286 789, open all year
- Lochdean Cottage, Lochranza, sleeps 4, 07010 70 60 50, open all year
- Lochranza Youth Hostel, Lochranza, sleeps 59 in 13 bedrooms, completely renovated 2010, 01770 830 631, open all year
- Lochranza Caravan and Camping Site, in Golf Course estate, 01770 830 273, open March to Oct
- Lochside House, Lochranza, sleeps 6, 01969 650 140, open all year
- Old Anchorage, Lochranza, sleeps 5, 01770 830 226, open Easter to Oct, details see entry above
- Ornsay Cottage, Lochranza, sleeps 2, 01770 830 304, open Apr to Oct
- Primrose Cottage, Lochranza, sleeps 7, 01770 830 636, open all year
- Snug Cottage, Lochranza, sleeps 4, work 0141 242 5500, home 01355 570 632, open all year
- The Shieling, Lochranza, sleeps 4, 01770 830 349, open all year
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- Catacol Bay Hotel, Catacol, 01770 830 231, open daily, Pub and Restaurant, 11.00h to 22.00h
- Eagles Nest Restaurant at the Distillery, Lochranza, 01770 830 264 open daily, 10.00h to 17.00h
- Stags Pavilion, tearoom & restaurant at Lochranza Golf course, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, 01770 830 600, during summer season open all day from 08.30h until 20.30h, Wed 17.00h to 20.30h
- Lochranza Hotel, Lochranza, Pub and Restaurant, 01770 830 223, open daily, 12.00h to 21.00h
- The Sandwich Station, Lochranza, opposite the pier, take-away: soup, sandwiches, drinks, 0781 0796 248, open daily except Wed, 08.30h to 17.00h
- Arran Distillers, Lochranza, Whisky (of course), Wine, large selection of Arran Whiskies, Whisky Paraphernalia, Gifts, open Apr to Oct: daily, 10.00h to 17.00h, Nov to Mar: Mo, We, Sa, Su, 10.00h to 17.00h, 01770 830 264
- Lochranza Butcher, Hugh McKinnon, Torwood, open Mon to Sat 8.00h to 17.00h, (Wed and Sat till 13.00h), 01770 860 354
- The Wee Shop, in Golf Course estate, small but essential food supplies, postcards, soft drinks, 01770 830 600, open daily 08.30h to 19.00h, Wed 17.00h to 19.00h
- Whins Craft Workshop, North Newton, Lochranza, the home of the «Arran Stonemen», open daily, 10.00h to 18.00h, 01770 830 650
- Arran Distillers, Lochranza, Tour with an audio-visial introduction and then the authentic smell of distilling and the all important dram of the «Water of Life», Shop, Restaurant, open Apr to Oct: daily, 10.00h to 17.00h, Nov to Mar: Mo, We, Sa, Su, 10.00h to 17.00h, 01770 870 240
- Green Harper Gallery, Lochranza, A varied selection of original works by local and visiting artists, music events, appointment only, 01770 830 202
- Lochranza Ferry, Lochranza Pier, Berthing point for the regular Ferry service to Cloanaig on Kintyre, tickets onboard. 01770 302 166.
In summer, the last seagoing paddle steamer, the «Waverley», is stopping infrequently at this pier and attracts always a huge crowd.
- The Sandwich Station, Lochranza, opposite the pier, Mountain-bike hire starting at £6.00 halfday, 0781 0796 248, open daily except Wed, 08.30h to 17.00h
- Lochranza Golf Course, 9 holes, 2'332 yards, Par 34. Changing and hot showers, trolley and club hire, golf accsessories, open May to October (inclusive). 01770 830 273
- Lochranza Castle, situated on a nice peninsula into Lochranza Bay
- Long distance walk from Lochranza or Catacol Bay to Dougarie, Rough and long (ca. 16km) walk through unpopulated glens along Loch Iorsa and Loch Tanna (on way from Catacol Bay). Nothing for the unexperienced. Sorry, no well deserved Pub at journey's end.
- Walk along the Shore to Sannox, all in all about 5 to 6 hours one way. Variations, but no shortcuts, possible. You finish at the picnic area in North Sannox or in Sannox with a nice Pub nearby.
- Cock of Arran walk, Round course through the north end of Arran, along the shore and return over the hill, peak at 260m with tremendous views.
|Visitor Information for the Isle of Arran|
|Banks||Royal Bank of Scotland, Brodick, tel: 01770 302 222
Bank of Scotland, Brodick, Tel: 01770 892 005
Mobile banking in Operation. In Brodick 24h ATM available
|Post Office||Mail collections daily (excl Sun). Most postal services available in many villages. In some branches Currency Exchange available|
|Tourist Information||Tourist Information Centre: The Pier, Brodick Tel: 01770 303 774, Open Mon to Thu and Sat 9.00 to 17.00, Fri 9.00 to 19.30, Sun 10.00 to 17.00|
|Ferries||Caledonian MacBrayne Scottish Ferries
Operating Brodick <—> Ardrossan
and Lochranza <—> Cloanaig
Tel: 01770 302 166, then option 2 for Brodick
|Public Transport||Busses from and to all Ferries.
Brodick <—> Blackwaterfoot via Lochranza (line 324), via the Southend (line 323) and direct via the String Road (line 322), Brodick <—> Corriegills (line 321). Day rover tickets available.