Catacol Bay Hotel is ideally situated for exploring Arran's coastline and picturesque hills and glens.
The Arran Coastal Way allows walkers to navigate a route around most of the island's coast, while the hill walking opportunities are endless with the entrance to Glen Catacol, home of the extremely rare Catacol whitebeam, just half a mile from the hotel. Other notable walks in the immediate area include Laggan and the Cock of Arran, starting at Lochranza, and stunning views of the Kilbrannan Sound can be enjoyed on a walk to Coire Fhion Lochan, starting at Thunderguy, 3 miles south of the hotel.
In the beautiful village of Lochranza, two miles north of Catacol, the most noticeable feature is Lochranza Castle. A former seat of Scottish Kings, there has been a fortification of some description on this site since the 12th century.
The village is also home to the island's only whisky distillery with it's interesting and informative Visitor Centre, now in it's 16th year.
Bicycle hire is available in Lochranza, along with a selection of take-away snacks, from the Sandwich Station, located opposite the Lochranza Ferry Terminal.
Golf is a popular pursuit on Arran for locals and visitors alike, and the island boasts no fewer than seven golf courses at Lochranza, Machrie, Blackwaterfoot, Whiting Bay, Lamlash, Brodick and Corrie. For those who enjoy a spot of fishing sea angling is a popular option, while day permits are available for several Arran rivers.
History and Heritage
Those with an interest in history and heritage are also well catered for. Brodick Castle and the Arran provide insight into island life in days gone by. The Machrie Moor Stone Circles, an atmospheric ancient site dating from the Neolithic period and Bronze Age, is well worth a visit, while the King's Caves, just north of Blackwaterfoot, are said to be the place where Robert the Bruce had his famous encounter with a spider.