The desolate north half of Arran – effectively the Highland part – features bare granite peaks, the occasional golden eagle and miles of unspoilt scenery, within reach only to those prepared to do some serious hiking. Arran’s most accessible peak is also the island’s highest, Goat Fell (2866ft), which can be ascended in just three hours from Brodick, though it’s a strenuous hike. You can also hike up Goat Fell from Corrie, Arran’s prettiest little seaside village, six miles north of Brodick, where a procession of pristine cottages lines the road to Lochranza and wraps itself around an exquisite little harbour and pier.

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