Explore Pirnmill and the Isle of Arran...Things To See and Do For Everyone


Pirnmill and the surrounding area have so much to offer people of all ages and physical ability.

Within Walking Distance........

The Beach OutsideThe start of some of the most unspoilt and quiet beaches are at the bottom of Sandford's drive ... whether you want to have a BBQ on the beach, make sandcastles with (or without) the kids or simply go for a quiet walk - it is all accessible from your doorstep. You are also only steps away from the local shop and Post Office stocking all manner of items including fresh bread, food, wine and other supplies. Next door to the shop is the Lighthouse Restaurant. This is one of the best restaurants on the island and has a wide ranging menu, they also open for lunch too.

Within A Few Miles.....

Less than 5 minutes drive takes you to the historic Catacol with its beautiful line of fisherman cottages known as the 'Twelve Apostles'. Also you can visit The 'Old Byre' which offers a wide range of clothing products and homeware as well as being the home of the the excellent Trip Advisor recommended 'Cafe Thyme' 

Also nearby is Iorsa fishing which offers sea trout and salmon fishing open from June to October.

Less than 15 minutes drive north you can visit Lochranza which is home to the Arran Distillary. They offer tours and a fantastic opportunity to sample the many whiskys on offer. They also have a fine restaurant which offers lovely views of the surrounding mountains and sea. 

Also in Lochranza you will get the opportunity to see many red deer roaming the area - usually the golf course! Just a short walk from Lochranza village will take you to Reg - the Stone Man of Arran who paints and creates figures in his craft workshop known as The Whins. You can also visit Lochranza Castle in its wonderfully idyllic ssurroundings and imagine what it would have been like to have lived there in times gone by.

PebblesLess than 10 minutes drive south brings you to Machrie Bay where you will find Machrie Bay Tea Rooms of one of the best tea rooms on the island. It is also home to Machrie golf course and tennis courts. Also nearby there is Machrie Stone Circle which is over 4500 years old. 

Nearby Blackwaterfoot has more shops and there is Cairnhouse Stables which offers horse riding and pony trekking for all abilities across tracks, hills and sandy beaches. There is also an indoor swimming pool at the Kinloch Hotel. 

Sandford is an excellent base for many walks. There are easy walks such as Fairy Dell and Glen Iorsa which takes you through a scenic glen to Lock Iorsa to more challenging walks such as the Pirnmill Hills and the Loch na Davie walk home to what is known as the 'purest water in Scotland'.

Within 30 Minutes Drive.....

You have access to the main town of Brodick and all of the many things it has to offer with some wonderful shops such as the Red Door, Fridays Child and Arran Aromatics and many more ... all well worth a visit. There is NTS Brodick Castle which has stunning gardens and offers interesting tours - or you can explore without guides. Brodick Castle also features an adventure playground and is a start point to walk up the mighty Goatfell - the highest peak on Arran at 2867 ft.