Isle of Arran

Ayrshire, Scotland  >  United Kingdom

Large island of 25x12 miles in the Firth of Clyde. 'Scotland in miniature' with mountain, pine forest, lowland farming and fisheries.

Added* by Iain Crawford
Most recent update 17 March 2023
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The northern half of the Isle of Arran is rugged, mountainous, remote country and is the most southerly site in the UK for breeding Rock Ptarmigan. The south has gentler moorland, extensive conifer plantations and much of the island’s farmland. Much of the coast is raised beach with a shoreline of rock or shingle, and steep escarpments. On the Isle of Arran 250 bird species have been seen. Best coastal birding spots for autumn migrants and winter wildfowl are Lochranza, Lamlash and Sliddery. Many raptors in the upland areas eg Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Golden Eagle, Common Buzzard, Merlin, Common Raven, Short-eared Owl as well as White-throated Dipper, European Stonechat, Red Grouse, Northern Wheatear and Common Redstart. Eurasian Nightjar and Eurasian Woodcock in the forest clearings. Mammals include red squirrel, red and roe deer, seals, otters and dolphins.



Ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick which takes 55 minutes. Several departures every day. See the link below for info on timetable and tickets. Ardrossan is 30 miles SW of Glasgow and accessible by rail. By bus: Stagecoach operates services throughout the week from Glasgow to Ardrossan and also operates across the Isle of Arran, connecting Lochranza in the north and Brodick in the south of the island. Passengers can find bus services and islands tours adjacent to terminal buildings.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Mountain , Lake , Beach , Mud flats , Agriculture , Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland , Moors/heathland , River , Sea , City/village


Mountainous , Flat , Sandy , Wet , Hilly , Rocky

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn


Paved road , Unpaved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Boat , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform



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