Here are some of the best restaurants, inns and a very special supperclub not to miss on a trip to the island.
(Corrie, Shore road, Isle of Arran KA27 8JB)
Mara Fish Bar and Deli is a fancy seafood takeaway that uses the best of Arran and Scotland's seafood from local suppliers to support sustainable fishing. The stylish blue interiors are almost as delectable as the food. They offer freshly made-to-order dishes in what they call 'a takeaway-style dining experience'. Mara only opened a year ago but is definitely one to watch.
With its stylish but understated interiors, The Douglas Hotel's Bistro is a decadent place to visit and has views over Brodick Harbour. Chef Gregg Russell uses homegrown and locally-sourced ingredients from Arran and Ayrshire to create classic dishes with a twist, such as lamb with a root vegetable dauphinoise and Arran malt jus.
The Drift Inn has a friendly atmosphere and a good menu for hungry hikers. This is the perfect place to end a long day of walking in Glen Rosa with its wildlife and majestic views. Scottish mussels in homemade sweet chilli broth and three-way infused smoked salmon are top-notch. Don't miss the Triple Chocolate Heaven on the aptly named 'Liquid Dessert Menu'.
This lovely restaurant at the award-winning Auchrannie Resort offers laid-back dining, and we mean literally, you can eat your dinner on a plush sofa. Their menu offers a great selection of grilled meats and fresh seafood and they have ever-changing daily specials. Check out the excellent homemade scones and tasty coffee too.
The Arran Supperclub is the talk of foodie Arran and the first of its kind on this gastronomic island. Offering affordable, banquet-style eating in an intimate setting (by which we mean communal tables), their most recent event was a Caribbean BBQ at The Bay Kitchen & Stores, which transforms itself into a pop-up eatery. It’s great to see the supperclub trend has infiltrated the Western Isles and it works very well in this setting. And of course, you can bring your own bottle.