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Addictive Arran

6 days, 7 nights
Tour Type:
Guided Walking holiday
Group size:
4 - 8

Hiking on Arran – the Addictive Arran itinerary

There are plenty of hiking opportunities on the Isle of Arran despite it’s relatively small size. Arran is often known as Scotland in miniature – the isle of Arran, chosen as Trivago’s top European island in 2016 – there is certainly plenty to explore. We’ll be visiting the famous peaks including Goat Fell, Arran’s highest point but we’ll also be able to sample the island’s home made ice cream, stop in at the distillery (if you’re interested), sample the local brews and sniff the locally made soaps etc, which are a speciality of Arran Aromatic. The wildlife watching opportunities are also amazing while we’re out on the hills. We’ll certainly be heading home with plenty of stunning photos to share

Our walking on Arran itinerary has a little of everything to please everyone. We cover all the interesting hills including the highest peak: Goat Fell.

For this trip we are based from a cottage on the island itself. The whole team ventures over to Arran and runs the trip as if it were our home for the week.

The island of Arran

  • Arran has in recent years become known as “Scotland in miniature”. It has all the features for which Scotland is internationally recognised.
  • There is a distillery (for the whisky tick).
  • There is a brewery of their own.
  • They produce some exceptional flavoured cheese including whisky, chilli and mustard flavours.
  • They produce a whole range of toiletries (Arran Aromatics) and you can even see them being made at their shop in Brodick.
  • There is a castle too at Brodick
  • To cap it all there is spectacular coastal and mountain scenery


  • 7 nights accommodation on the isle of Arran
  • all meals, including one dinner out at a local restaurant
  • 5 guided day walks
  • 1 day to explore the island or relax
  • ferry to Arran
  • transport to the walks
  • pick up/drop off from Aviemore or Glasgow or meet at Ardrossan



£1011 per person, based on a minimum of 4 people


  • Goat Fell
  • The 3 Beinns circuit
  • classic coastal route
  • Cir Mhor
  • Mullach Buidhe



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This is mountain walking for the connoisseur. Arran may lack Munros but its granite mountains are spectacular. Angular peaks & jagged ridges dissected by deep valleys provide some of the most entertaining walking on offer. This, all in an island setting with views stretching to the distant mainland ranges – Scotland in miniature.

Arrive: Ardrossan Ferry Terminal (mainland)

Day 1: The Three Beinns Circuit is a fine introduction to the delights of Arran’s ridges. Starting with a walk up dramatic Glen Rosa we head west to climb high above Coire a’ Bhradain and link these 3 fine peaks.

Day 2: sees us traversing the islands highest – Goat Fell. We start at sea level to ascend via the Devils Punch Bowl and the entertaining north ridge high above deep Glen Sannox – all enriched by the tremendous seaward views.

Day 3: An easier day with one of the isle’s classic coastal walks. Our route around the islands most northerly tip takes us past very colourful rocks with their strange flutings to then rise up with ever expanding sea vistas.

Day 4: is a day off for everyone from breakfast onwards. It is a chance to explore the island on your own or go to the beach or just relax with a book. In the evening, we’ll go out to a local restaurant to sample some local produce from the Taste of Arran table.

Day 5: There are few views that equal that up Glen Sannox. The jagged skyline is magnificent. We follow the glen up to then climb steeply to Arran’s most spectacular peak, Cir Mhor. From here it’s a traverse of the western skyline to complete this wild and rugged route.

Day 6: We head NW to make a traverse of the Mullach Buidhie hills for some fabulous seaward views: across Kintyre, through to Islay & Jura and the Atlantic beyond. A fitting way to round off a fantastic week.

Depart: Ardrossan Ferry Terminal on Saturday 11th June 2011 by 12.00am.

We take the whole ethos with us when we run trips away from our home base of Fraoch Lodge. The whole family team journeys out with you and provides for you no matter where our base is.

Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten

Andy and Rebecca displaying their awards at Fraoch Lodge

Accommodation on Arran –

We’ll book a well-appointed cottage large enough for our group and in Brodick or nearby. The cottage will have wifi but may not have a TV signal.

Scot Mountain Holidays will be hosting, guiding and catering with the best of Scottish produce. As there will be limited opportunities to restock our supplies while on Arran, we will be planning the menu in advance and would ask that you make sure to give us all your requirements in advance. If there are any Scottish specialities you definitely don’t want to try, please say.

We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.

It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener.  He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!

For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at

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