The Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and is off the southwest coast of Scotland. The island is often described as a miniature version of Scotland because of its Highlands in the north and its more populated south. To reach the Isle, you can catch a ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick year-round or a ferry from Claonaig to Lochranza during the summer. The ferry port at Ardrossan on the mainland has direct train connections with Glasgow, making it very easy for backpackers to travel to the island. This is a very easy island to explore, especially if you do not have your own transportation, as the bus routes follow the two main roads on the island, one that circles the coast of the entire island and a main road that cuts through from the east to the west. The bus drivers will usually pick you up and drop you off wherever you want along the route; the routes pass most attractions.
There are many things to see and do on the island. If you like hiking, then you can climb to the top of Goat Fell and hope that the clouds pass to give you an amazing view of the island. Visit the Machrie Moor Standing Stones for a baffling display of history. If you like gorgeous, old mansions and gardens then Brodick Castle is a must-see. The island also has its own cheese and beer factories worth a visit to try some local produce.
Options for hostels in Isle of Arran are limited -- you can stay at the north of the island in Lochranza, a town directly on the water with its own castle. This town is on the main bus route, so you would have no problem getting here without your own transportation -- just make sure you stock up on food in Brodick as supplies are limited in Lochranza.
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