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Sunset over Arran (Credit: VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins)
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Arran and Cumbrae

Two of Scotland’s most accessible islands, Arran and Cumbrae are popular for a quiet break from the hurly burly of city life. The larger of the two, Arran, is known as ‘Scotland in miniature’, and the island’s fascinating history, from early Bronze Age to contemporary village and farm life is explored in the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum. Today, Arran’s rich cultural scene is boosted by arts, music and drama festivals, as well as the annual Arran Farmers’ Show and Brodick Highland Games.

Cumbrae, a short ferry trip from Largs, is a mecca for sailors and watersports enthusiasts, who congregate around Millport Bay, and for cyclists who come to enjoy the quiet, circular coastal road. Garrison House is home to the Museum of the Cumbraes (the larger island has a smaller neighbour too) where exhibitions focus on the history of Millport and the two isles. Here you can read legends of smugglers and fisherfolk and get an insight into island life during World War II.

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