The Retreat

Arran Activities

Arran is one big outdoor adventure playground with something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are on your own or travelling in a big group the island will have something to suite all tastes and budgets. Below is only a small sample of what the island has to offer.




Golf on ArranArran boasts seven excellent golf courses and a driving range. There is a golf pass which enables you to play all 7 courses and is valid for a 12 month period. This makes Arran the perfect place for a relaxing week and the chance to play a different course every day.

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Arran beachesArran has a beautiful coastline with many interesting and different types of beaches to explore. The seals gaze at you from the rocks as you walk along the white sand. Keep your eyes open for otters in the early morning and evening. 



Isle of Arran MountainsWhether its gentle beach strolls, woodland walks, gorge walking or hiking in the mountains Arran accommodates visitors of all skill levels. The Isle of Arran coastal way is a continuous 100km path around the island, which is divided into seven different walks.


Arran ClimbingClimbing


Arran’s mountains and crags have climbing routes suitable for all levels from beginners to those looking to challenge themselves. The Arran Adventure Company has a climbing sessions for those needing some tuition.




Either in the sea or at Auchrannie Leisure Centre which boasts an excellent pool plus children's pool, sauna, steam rooms or just take a book to read by the pool.


Pony trekking in ArranPony Trekking


Get out and about and experience the beautiful Arran countryside from the saddle, with guided hacks for visitors of all abilities. Pony trekking is available at Sannox and Blackwaterfoot.




Sailing on ArranThe calm sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde mean you can sail a yacht in practically any weather. With a number of small islands to visit, secluded bays to explore and centuries of history to discover the area around Arran has always been popular with sailors.



KayakingFor those wanting to see the stunning Arran coastline up close, why not try sea kayaking, there can be no better way to explore the coast. This is a must for all serious wildlife enthusiasts and is a great way to get close to otters, seals and porpoise in their natural habitat. Seals and porpoises will often accompany you explore the coast.





Arran Bike ClubWith miles of winding costal roads and challenging mountain tracks Arran must be a cycling enthusiast’s idea of heaven. For those who rise to Arran’s many challenges the rewards are spectacular, with views that no photograph can do justice.


Paragliding on ArranFlying Fever is a British Hang gliding and Paragliding school and has been based on the Isle of Arran for over 20 years.   Arran has over 30 flying sites taking all wind direction and is is an ideal place to learn to fly or to try a tandem flight with an instructor.

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Arran Adventure Company


For those wanting more structured activities, with perhaps a little coaching the Arran Adventure Company (01770 302244) is the place to visit. They offer cycle hire, climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, power boating, kayaking expeditions, and archery and paintball wars for those of you who want to go mad.


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Events on ArranThe Arran Mountain Festival in May, Arran Folk Festival early June, Brodick Highland Games along with the many golf tournaments, fell races and sailing events means they is often something interesting going on.

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