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What’s happening on Arran this summer

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

As the summer sun graces the picturesque Isle of Arran, a vibrant lineup of events awaits visitors coming to the island this season. From celebrating Arran’s famous whisky to showcasing the island's agricultural heritage and Highland traditions, there is something for everyone. Let's delve into the exciting events happening during this period.

1- Arran Whisky Festival 23rd – 25th June

Whisky enthusiasts will be delighted to know that the highly anticipated Arran Whisky Festival will take place in July. This three-day celebration of Arran's renowned single malts offers a unique opportunity to explore the island's distilleries, sample a wide range of whiskies, and immerse oneself in the rich whisky culture. From guided tours and masterclasses to tasting sessions led by whisky experts, the festival provides an unforgettable experience for both connoisseurs and those new to the world of whisky.

2- Arran Farmer's Show 2nd August

In August, the Arran Farmer's Show takes centre stage, showcasing the island's thriving agricultural community. This lively event brings together locals and visitors to celebrate rural life on Arran. From showcasing prized livestock to competitive horse shows and sheepdog trials, the Arran Farmer's Show offers a glimpse into the island's farming heritage. Visitors can peruse stalls selling local produce, crafts, and homemade goods, as well as enjoy traditional music and entertainment for a fun-filled day out.

3- Brodick Highland Games 5th August

Always taking place the weekend after the Arran Show, the iconic Brodick Highland Games attract participants and spectators from far and wide. This traditional Scottish event captures the spirit of Highland games with a mix of thrilling sports, music, and cultural displays. From heavyweight events like the caber toss and hammer throw to Highland dancing and pipe band competitions, the Brodick Highland Games provide a lively and entertaining experience. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere, indulge in delicious Scottish cuisine, and witness the camaraderie and skill of the athletes.

4- The Arran Festival of Food and Drink 13th – 24th September

The Arran Festival of Food and Drink is a culinary extravaganza that showcases the island's bountiful produce, gastronomic delights, and culinary talent. Held annually across the island, this festival brings together local farmers, artisanal producers, chefs, and food enthusiasts to celebrate Arran's vibrant food and drink scene. Visitors can indulge in a wide array of mouthwatering dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, sample artisanal cheeses, chocolates, and preserves, and savour the island's finest beverages, including whisky and craft beers. Cooking demonstrations, tastings, and workshops provide an opportunity to learn from experts and immerse oneself in the flavours of Arran.

5- Art Exhibitions and Craft Fairs Throughout summer

Throughout the summer months, Arran's artistic spirit comes to life through various art exhibitions and craft fairs. Local galleries and venues showcase the works of talented artists, ranging from paintings and sculptures to photography and mixed media creations. These exhibitions provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the creative talents that draw inspiration from Arran's stunning landscapes and vibrant culture. Additionally, craft fairs offer a chance to purchase unique handmade items, supporting local artisans and taking home a piece of Arran's artistic heritage.

6- Music Festivals and Performances Throughout summer

Music enthusiasts can delight in the lively music scene on Arran during the summer months. Various music festivals and performances take place, featuring a diverse range of genres and local talent. Whether it's traditional Scottish folk music, contemporary bands, or classical concerts, there is something to suit every musical taste.

These events provide an opportunity to experience the island's vibrant music scene to a picturesque backdrop and friendly atmosphere.

Arran's summer events immerse you in the island's rich heritage, cultural diversity, and natural beauty. From savouring the world-class whiskies at the Arran Whisky Festival to embracing the agricultural traditions at the Farmer's Show and thrill-seeking at the Brodick Highland Games, there are countless opportunities for visitors to create lasting memories. It’s all part of the island's charm, providing a unique blend of entertainment and cultural experiences. So, mark your calendars and join in the festivities as Arran comes alive with the spirit of summer.

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