March and April
FRESH AND NEW
The Island wakes up from its hibernation in a burst of life at Easter. Days at this time of year can be bright and crisp and, with empty hills, it’s an excellent time for walking, whether it’s along the coast or in the mountains. There are lambs on the campsite and look out for antlers cast by the stags.
A rewarding month for all wildlife enthusiasts with otters playing along the coast and the sound of the cuckoo from dawn till dusk. The days now are long and light, the weather often fine. Spring Bank Holiday week bustles with people being active: there are Coastal Way walkers, cyclists touring Scotland’s West coast and families having fun. The Isle of Arran Mountain Festival offers exhilarating guided walks (including some definitely not for the faint-hearted!) along the mountain ridges.
LONG DAYS AND NEW LIFE
It scarcely gets dark and, traditionally, it’s a sunny month with sunsets bathing the glen and campsite in gold late into the evening. The Arran Distillery festival, across the road from the campsite, takes place in 2013 at the end of June.
The stags’ antlers are growing rapidly, covered in thick velvet, and the first red deer calves are born around the summer solstice. The hinds keep them hidden in the bracken.
July and August
FUN AND HIGHLAND GAMES
Visitors from all over the world pour out, on foot, on cycles, in cars and campers, from the Cal Mac ferries which steadily shuttle from mainland Scotland. Whatever the weather, the island buzzes with holiday activities and attractions: galas, shows, concerts and ceilidhs.
September and October
BREATHING SPACE AND BEAUTY
The weather can be settled at this time of year and Arran looks beautiful in Autumn, with its rich foliage turning red and gold. At Lochranza, the hills are filled with the roars of stags as the rut works out its dramas, often on the golf course. In fact, October is a good month for wildlife watching; birds are migrating and red squirrels are active all day long. The nights are drawing in but our Campers’ Lounge offers a cosy refuge on wild nights.
Lochranza: mountains, lochs, wild glens and coastal scenery, a historic castle, red deer, golden eagles and a whisky distillery- all without a long haul journey to get here