North Arran, Corrie And Lochranza
The mountainous north half of Arran contrasts sharply with the rolling pastoral southern part. Robert the Bruce is said to have lived at Lochranza Castle in 1306, when he began his struggle for independence.
North Arran, Corrie And Lochranza Hotels & Accommodation
Tigh-na-Achaidh, Tel. 810208, offers self-catering accommodation. Blackrock Guest House, Tel. 810282. Open Mar-Oct.
Lochranza has a decent selection of places to stay, best of which is Apple Lodge, Tel/Fax. 830229. A lovely country house with four double rooms, offering high quality home cooking (for residents only). Around the same price but lacking the charm, is Lochranza Hotel, Tel. 830223, whose bar is the social hub of the village. A cheaper option is Castlekirk Tel. 830202, a converted church opposite the castle, or the slightly austere Benvaren, Tel. 830647.
Cheaper still is Croftbank Cottage, Tel. 830201, next to the Post Office; or the SYHA Youth Hostel, Tel. 830631, open Feb-Dec, overlooking the castle. There's a beautifully situated campsite next to the golf course, with full facilities, Tel. 820273, open Apr-Oct.