Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

An island representing Scotland, also Scotland in Miniture, or Isle of Arran. You might think that November isn’t a great month to visit Scotland, well you are wrong. The autumn colours during this month are incredible, from deep orange to dark purple and the beautiful green of the leafs and white of the snow blend in the trees.

Isle of Arran (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Arainn), with 432 square kilometres, is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and the seventh largest Scottish island. Historically part of Buteshire, it is in the unitary council area of North Ayrshire and has about 5,000 residents living on the island. Though culturally and physically similar to the Hebrides, it is separated from them by the Kintyre peninsula. It is divided into highland and lowland areas by the Highland Boundary Fault and has been described as a “geologist’s paradise”.

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The island includes miles of coastal pathways, numerous hills and mountains, forested areas, rivers, small lochs and beaches. Its main beaches are at Brodick, Whiting Bay, Kildonan, Sannox and Blackwaterfoot.

FUN NOTE: The village of Lagg has Scotland’s only official nudist beach, known also as one of the quietest nudist beaches in the world.

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Arran has been continuously inhabited since the early Neolithic period, and numerous prehistoric remains have been found. From the 6th century onwards, Goidelic-speaking peoples from Ireland colonised it and it became a centre of religious activity. During the troubled Viking Age, Arran became the property of the Norwegian crown, until formally absorbed by the kingdom of Scotland in the 13th century. The 19th-century “clearances” led to significant depopulation and the end of the Gaelic language and way of life. The economy and population have recovered in recent years, the main industry being tourism.

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An ancient Irish poem called Agalllamh na Senorach, first recorded in the 13th century, describes the attractions of the island:

Arran of the many stags
The sea strikes against her shoulders,
Companies of men can feed there,
Blue spears are reddened among her boulders.
Merry hinds are on her hills,
Juicy berries are there for food,
Refreshing water in her streams,
Nuts in plenty in the wood.

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