Lochranza Castle & Distillery

Arran | Castle & distillery | ★★★★

[Lochranza Castle]

Lochranza is one of the few settlements on Arran's quieter west coast, separated from the island's capital of Brodick by a high road pass. It also acts as Arran's "back door", being the arrival point for the less popular of the island's two ferry routes, from Claonaig in Kintyre. The (tiny) village forms a strung-out horseshoe, gazing onto Loch Ranza which provides a beautiful focus. There are two main sights. First, alone on a peninsula jutting into the loch is Lochranza Castle. This atmospheric ruin is over 700 years old, built by Clan MacSween and converted into a tower house in the 1500s. Lochranza's other big attraction - its whisky distillery - only opened in 1995. Our tour was excellent, and a perfect diversion on a rainy morning; we especially liked the indulgent cream liqueur. Somewhere along the road in between the two, you'll find the tiny, excellent Stags Pavillion Restaurant - you'll probably need to book.

[Lochranza from the ferry, backed by the crags of Tòrr Nead an Eoin]

Location & info

📌 Lochranza Castle ★★
Off the A841, 5-min walk north of the village "centre", G.R.: NR 933507 ///laws.imparting.lush
Open daily, April to September | Free

📌 Lochranza Distillery ★★★★
By the A841, 15-min walk southeast of the village "centre", G.R.: NR 942498 ///initiates.gallons.screening
Open daily | £4+ adult depending on tour type / free for children



[Lochranza Castle]

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