The Isle of Arran (Scots Gaelic: Eilean Arainn) is located off the South West coast of Scotland and is the largest of a group of islands that lie between the Clyde Estuary and the Irish Sea. It is an area of great natural beauty with lochs, waterfalls, long sandy beaches and mountains that sweep down to the sea.
To the north are the islands of Bute and the Cumbries, and beyond that the highland peaks of Ben Lomond and The Cobbler. To the east are the rolling hills of Ayrshire and in the west the rugged Mull of Kintyre. Within its length of 30 miles (48 km) and breadth of 10 miles (16 km), Arran contains all of these landscapes, from the mountains in the north and to the rich farmlands in the south, Arran is correctly called 'Scotland in Miniature'.
Arran can be addictive and all visitors should remain vigilant lest they succumb to a serious attack of Arran-itis. Symptoms start with a mild feeling of well-being which can develop into extended periods of euphoria in extreme cases. This condition can impact locals and visitors alike and there are several well documented cases of people deciding to stay on the island permanently, two hours after stepping off the boat.
This condition has attracted people to Arran for the past 5000 years and although I personally have not met any of these original residents I have met someone who has. So, if you decide to visit us, tread carefully and avoid strong drink for the first 24 hours as this will significantly increase the chances of catching the malady.