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Winter activities on Arran

Updated: Jan 10

While the weather may be colder, there are still plenty of things to do on Arran in winter. Here’s some of our recommendations:


Explore the island's stunning landscapes by going on winter hikes. Beach walks on a brisk but bright day really show the island at its best! Climbs like Goatfell provide breathtaking views, and the winter scenery is magical. With longer nights in winter, Arran is an excellent spot for stargazing. Head to a dark location away from any lights for the best experience


If you're interested in wildlife watching, Arran is the perfect place to spot Scotland’s Big 5 - Golden Eagle, Red Deer, Common Seal, Otter and Red Squirrel. All of these animals can be seen year round if you know where to look.



With two distilleries on the island, warm up with a visit to either – or BOTH! Learn about the whisky-making process and sample some of the island's renowned single malts. CASKS café at Lochranza has stunning views of the glen. You may spot a golden eagle or a red deer from the window. The drive south to Lagg distillery provides scenic views of Arran’s coastline. Their whisky and chocolate tasting, using local handmade chocolates, is well worth a mention!



Our team at the ASPA is on hand to help relax or rejuvenate you this year with a range of facial and body treatments including massage, scrubs, and wraps. The relaxation room is the perfect space to escape the outside world and be cocooned in luxurious care.



For indoor leisure activities, Auchrannie has two pools, sauna & steam rooms, a gym, an indoor games hall, children's playbarn, and a games room. Something for everyone!


If you're into photography, this time of year transforms landscapes into a winter wonderland, and you can capture the beauty of the island with your camera or smartphone.


7.    CAFES & BARS

Enjoy the cosy atmosphere of Arran's cafes, perfect to help you warm up after a day of exploration. 

At Auchrannie, our bars and lounges are the epitome of comfort and relaxation. Whether you are seeking a quiet spot to unwind or a vibrant atmosphere to socialise with friends, we can offer the perfect space to enjoy the warmth of our roaring fires. The crackling sound of burning wood and the gentle flicker of the flames create a soothing atmosphere that is perfect for sipping on delicious cocktails or reading your favorite book.

No wander along Fisherman’s walk is complete without a stop off at Arran Botanical Drinks. Home of Arran gin and Arran cassis, this cosy beach side bar is superbly snug in the winter with a log burner and comfy seating. A gin cocktail or two before heading back along the beach – an ideal winter warmer!



With weekly pub quizzes and live music, there’s something on most nights. It’s worthwhile checking if there’s any festivals or special events are happening on the island during your visit.


Explore the art galleries, craft and gift shops on the island to find unique souvenirs or gifts for friends and family. Arran’s varied produce is available to sample and buy including cheese, chocolate, chutneys, oatcakes, beers, gin, whisky, as well as Arran Sense of Scotland’s luxurious toiletries.



Whether you bring your car, bikes or utilise public transport. Arran is an accessible island. If the weather permits, consider exploring the island by bike. The quieter roads can offer a peaceful cycling experience. Just remember to check weather conditions and dress warmly, as winter temperatures in Scotland can be quite chilly, and always be prepared for changing weather.

Or why not book an island tour with Mogabout? Relax in the comfort of the Mercedes Unimog whilst your knowledgeable guide tells you all you’d like to know about Arran. Taking you to places you may otherwise not have known about.

Enjoy the unique charm of Arran in the winter season. For more information and to book your winter getaway now, visit: or give our reservations team a call on +44 (0) 1770 302 234. Prefer email? Drop a message to

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