The Isle of Arran is the most accessible and most Southerly of all the Scottish islands. The island is cut in half by the Highland Boundary Fault, a geological division which makes the north rugged and hilly, whereas the south is more gentle and lower lying. As a result it is often referred to as 'Scotland in Miniature', as many aspects of Scotland's landscape as a whole are encapsulated by the island.
Arran is 20 miles long and 56 miles round and is located off the south-west coast of Scotland. Palm trees grow here in the mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream and it has many picturesque villages.
Arran is steeped in history with it's three castles at Brodick, Lochranza and Kildonan, and the Heritage museum providing the visitor with a glimpse into the island's past. There are many ancient and pre-historic sites ranging from the Standing Stones at Machrie Moor to the Viking Fort at Kings Cross and the neolithic 'Giants Graves' both of which are local to Whiting Bay.
Arran has a wealth of natural beauty to explore, and one of the finest is the mightily impressive Glenashdale waterfall which is only a short walk from Viewbank House. A recently constructed viewing platform affords spectacular views.
The wildlife on Arran is something quite special; from Red Squirrels to Otters, and the Red Deer to be seen grazing the North end of the island, where several pairs of breeding Golden Eagles can sometimes be sighted soaring on the thermals above the mountains.
In the coastal waters around the island Common & Grey Seals are easily spotted, with occasional sightings of the giant Basking Shark. Pods of Dolphins and Porpoises are also regular visitors to the local area.
The island boasts 7 golf courses all which have something different to offer. A weekly ticket (The Arran Golf Pass) can be purchased which allows all to be played for a discounted rate. Whiting Bay is one of the most impressive with stunning views across the Firth of Clyde, and just 200m along the road from Viewbank House.
Other activities are numerous, ranging from Sea Kayaking, Gorge Walking, Archery, Pony Trekking, Mountain biking, Sea & Loch fishing and many more...