Group of Highland Cows on the Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran off the West Coast of Scotland is the perfect place for a family holiday. Even more so if you are an outdoor family, as there are so many activities you can do whilst on the island. We have recently returned from a long weekend on the Island and thought I would share why we think Arran is perfect for families. You never know it may give you some inspiration for your own holiday on Arran.

Exploring The Isle Of Arran With Kids

Views on Arran near Kings Cave
Views on Arran near Kings Cave

Great Location

It is the perfect getaway for us as it is only 1.5 hours drive from our house to the ferry port at Ardrossan. Then from there, you take the Calmac ferry over to Brodick (it is about 1 hour on the ferry). You can get some great views as you get closer to the island so make sure you walk around the ferry so you get the best views.

The Isle of Arran is also known as “Scotland in Miniature” which once you have set foot on the island you will understand why. You certainly don’t want to forget your camera.

Livingroom in a self catering accommodation on Arran

Great Selection of Accommodation

From B&B’s, hotels, to self-catering you are spoiled for choice. You can find them all over the island, which means you can either stay in the main town (Brodick) when you arrive, or head off around the Island to another town/village to stay in. We normally stay in Brodick and have stayed in Orwin House and also Rowanbank Holiday Cottages.

Reflection in water of Lochranza Castle
Lochranza Castle


In Brodick, you will find Brodick Castle. It was closed on our last visit, but we have been before and it is great to explore. They also have a new adventure playground which will keep the kids entertained…and hopefully tire them out. You can also explore the ruins of Lochranza Castle. The boys had a blast exploring the ruins and used a torch to go inside the prison. Me, on the other hand, refused to go in such a dark space!! Also on the other side of the island, there is Kildonan Castle which is also a ruin.

Child with arms up after climbing to top of a hill

Outdoor Activities

I normally head to Arran for the hiking, and you will have loads to keep you going. I have walked the Arran Coastal Way and many of the walks around the Brodick area. Once I have these written up, I will edit and post the links in so you can see which ones may be suitable for your family. You can also cycle (on the road or mountain biking). If you didn’t want to bring your bikes then there are hire places in Brodick. Although best checking in advance if they have the correct sizes. You don’t want to go all that way and find there are none available.

On top of the cycling and walking you can also do the following:

  • Horse Riding
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Archery
  • Gorge Scrambling
  • Sea Kayaking
  • and more!

If your children are into hiking then you could even tackle Goat Fell; the highest peak on the Island.

Child exploring Kings Cave in Arran
Big K exploring the Cave

Endless Attractions

From the Arran Distillery to the Arran Heritage Museum, there are plenty of places to go on the island to visit. You could also visit Kings Cave and the Machrie Stone Circles to learn some of the histories of the area. For some indoor fun then you can head to the Auchrannie Resort for the soft play. I’m sure there is also a pool for non-residents too!

There you have it! Will you be packing your bags and heading to the Isle of Arran? It is one of our favourite places to visit and I’m sure it will be one of yours once you have visited!

Let me know in the comments below if you have visited before.

Why we think the Isle of Arran is perfect for families. Make sure you visit the Isle of Arran in Scotland as it will become one of your favourite places to visit too

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I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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  1. We love outdoor activities, and especially ones that seem a little off the beaten track like this place does. I don’t know when we will ever make it to Scotland but when we do, tthe Isle of Arran is on the list. Coming from #MondayEscapes

  2. I’d love to explore more of Scotland with our two boys and the Isle of Arran looks like the perfect start! #mondayescapes

  3. Oh, I’m dying to visit some of the Scottish islands, and Arran is possibly my first port of call (bar Orkney, which I’m also desperate to get to). It sounds like quite a diverse place, with plenty for families to do. I’m looking forward to reading your post on the coastal path. #MondayEscapes

  4. I totally agree that Arran is a great place for kids. My SIL had a place up there but we haven’t been for ages. Would love to return. Thanks for linking up to #Mondayescapes

  5. Two of my boys were born in Scotland but have never been back (since they were babies!). We’ve already booked to visit the Isle of Skye next easter but looking for some other islands to discover too. Arran sounds perfect #familytraveltips

  6. Oh Sam, Arran look picture perfect. Exactly how I see Scotland- wild and rugged and breathtakingly beautiful. The Brodick Castle is perfect for imaginary play for me as well as the kids!!! Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

  7. Oh it’s beautiful! Firmly on my list of places to visit in Scotland. I love how many outdoor activities there are there, I would love to go horse riding there! Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

  8. Sounds like it is a fab spot for families. At the same time it looks picturesque and a beautiful destination for a break as a couple. I’m tempted to take my girlfriend there!

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