Take the ferry across the water to the Isle of Arran and visit Brodick Castle, the Machrie Standing Stones and take in the stunning views from the String Road or Glenashdale Falls.
Duration: 10 hours (starting in Glasgow)
You will be collected this morning from your accommodation in Glasgow at 0815hrs to set sail for the island of Arran. Travel west to Ardrossan for the ferry across to Brodick.
Once on the island travel around the northern tip past Lochranza Castle to reach the Machrie Moor Standing Stones in a landscape rich in prehistoric archaeology Stretch your legs whilst exploring these most fascinating monuments date to a time when the moor was a centre for ceremonial and burial activity. This period spans the Neolithic to the early Bronze Age (about 3500 to 1500 BC). The most prominent features are the six stone circles themselves. But the moor is strewn with other precious remains, including standing stones, burial cairns and cists.
Have some lunch at Blackwaterfoot before returning over the famous String Road enjoying spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde and to the mainland to reach Brodick where you can visit Brodick Castle, the quintessential Victorian ‘Highland’ estate dramatically set against the backdrop of Goatfell mountain. The grand red sandstone Scottish baronial-style castle has stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde. The grounds and surrounds are worthy of a visit alone – from the W A Nesfield-influenced landscaped gardens to the woodland trails, wildlife ponds and waterfalls. Enjoy some refreshments in The Castle Tearoom situated within what was once the servants’ hall. Light snacks and home baking are served here and the local beers and ice creams made on Arran are very popular.
The Isle of Arran Heritage Museum is situated at Rosaburn where you can see displays on various aspects of life on Arran in the past. Old photographs show village life and farming methods in bygone days. There are displays on Geology, Archaeology and if your ancestors are from the island then you can trace your Genealogy.
Next door visit Arran Aromatics and The Arran Cheese Company to sample the local products and even see them being made. Nearby are Cladach Pottery and the Arran Brewery either of which is worth a visit.
Enjoy refreshments at Janie's and then travel to the south of the island for the opportunity to stretch your legs and see the stunning Glenashdale Falls. Walk up to the Giant's Graves and cross into Glenashdale for another stunning view of Holy Isle and the Firth of Clyde.
Return to Brodick for your ferry back to the mainland and to Glasgow.
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees unless stated, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.