The village runs along both sides of Loch Ranza and has a charm all of its own. The location is arguably the most scenic of any of the villages on the island and should be on every visitor's short list of places to visit.
It's also probably the best place to see wildlife up close. In the evening the golf course often plays host to large numbers of red deer grazing on the fairways, whilst out on the water you may be lucky enough to see otters going about their business.
The birdlife is also very special with a chance to see one of the island's Golden Eagles, or if you are even luckier White Tailed Eagles have been spotted a few times.
So let's take you on a tour through the village. We will start from the Southern end of the village.
1995 Lochranza Malt
As you descend from the Boguillie in to Glen Chalmasdale on the way in from Brodick, Lochranza comes into view nestled between the hills and Loch Ranza.
The first place you come to is the Isle of Arran Distillery. It's one of Scotland's newest distilleries dating from as recently as 1995. The site is open all year and offers guided tours and tastings of their award winning whiskies. The site also includes a shop and the Eagles Nest restaurant.
Deer on the golf course
During the evening you will often see red deer grazing on the course.
Continuing along you come to Lochranza Field Study Centre which runs residential courses and then St Brides Church.
At this point there is a right turn. Along here is the doctor's surgery. The road continues along the opposite shore and eventually stops at a viewpoint. There are good walks from here and a chance to see seals.
You will also have passed an unsealed road, from which you can walk to the Whins Crafts Workshop, the home of the Arran Stone Men.
Returning to the main road and turning right you will soon pass the Youth Hostel and next door the Lochranza and Catacol Village Hall.
On Tuesday and Friday morning the hall is also the Post Office and also host to a tea and coffee morning which all are invited to, as well as other events held throughout the year.
Continuing North you will soon reach the Lochranza Hotel and Boguillie Bar, which serves food from morning coffee to dinners every day during the main season and at weekends in low season. They also have an extensive range of malt whiskies for you to enjoy.
Your eyes now will probably be focused on the ruins of the 16th century Lochranza Castle. Its location on a spit of land over the loch, makes it probably the most photographed place on Arran. Built on a much older building it is easy to see why its strategic location was chosen.
There are a number of places to stay in the village other than the Youth Hostel. We intend to add detaied information on all the options over time, including the option to book via the website.
Until then your best option to find accommodation locally is through the Tourist Information Office in Brodick.
Tel: 01770 303774 or 303776
After exploring the ruins we carry on north passing the Butcher who also runs a mobile service.
We then arrive at the small CalMac ferry terminal which runs to Claonaig on the Mull of Kintyre. If the weather is poor there is a waiting room.
As the ferry does not offer any food on board you might want to call in at the Sandwich Station across the road. Open 7 days a week during the main season, they sell a range of sandwiches, rolls and salads as well as some very scrummy pastries and cake.
We are almost at the end of the village now. All that is left are the toilets and a small playground. By this point, I'm sure you will have surrendered to the village's charms
the village makes a great base for exploring the North of Arran. As the site builds up we will be including details of various grades of walks and bike rides for you to enjoy. Until then you can pick up one of the various walking books for sale at the Tourist Information office and around the island.
Suggested walks include