Living on an idyllic island is often one of life’s dreams, with the promise of a quieter pace and where you could wake up with sea views every morning. The Isle of Arran can make this dream a reality with its easy accessibility to Glasgow, a range of affordable properties and dramatic Highland-esque landscape of peaks and valleys, gorges, burns and heather-covered moors.
Arran is the seventh largest Scottish island, and at twenty-miles long, the drive around the island takes about 45 minutes. Some of its big draws include dramatic Goat Fell, the highest point on the island, majestic Lochranza castle ruins, Machrie’s west coast shingle beaches and pre-historic standing stones.
Most of its villages are located around the shoreline. Brodick is where the ferry arrives, and here you will find several hotels and shops, while Lamlash is the location of the high school and a small hospital. The island may fill up with tourists over the summer, but it still retains its quiet, escape-from-it-all vibe.
What housing can you find?
While there are a lot of holiday homes on the island, it is also gaining popularity as an escape for commuters from the west coast. Available housing includes large Victorian detached villas and stone-built crofters cottages, modern beach homes in Kildonan and former fishermans’ houses in Corrie. Larger Victorian homes are offered from around £300,000 while three-bedroom cottages and bungalows often go for around £190,000 to £250,000.
The CalMac ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick takes around 55 minutes, and there are trains to and from Ardrossan and Glasgow central station. It is recommended that cars are booked on the ferry in advance of the journey.
Arran is a great place for cycling, and while many of the roads are hilly, the coastal road is flat and quiet in parts. There are also two taxi companies on the island, if you need help to get around without a car.