Heard all about that much-hyped Scandinavian hygge? That lovely idea of getting all cosy in winter. Well why not forget about an expensive flight off to the frozen north and instead head to a Scottish island in the Gulf Stream? Arran in winter. There I’ve said it. I love Arran in winter, easing in on the ferry under the snow-capped gaze of the vaulting Arran Hills. Then setting off on life-affirming hikes, wandering beaches where itis just you and the seals, finishing it off with a wee dram. I’ve got five ways to get that cosy winter vibe. Who needs hygge anyway when you can get seriously coorie on Arran?
1. Head off up a hill – Goatfell and the high hills can be tricky in winter unless you’re experienced with all the right gear – in that case they are a sheer joy! I prefer to stick a bit lower. One of my favourite walks is the half day hike from the pier at Brodick up over the hills to Lamlash. No, I don’t mean sauntering by the road. I’m talking cutting up via Corriegills. The target you’re aiming for it Dun Fionn, the site of an old Iron Age Fort. This is one of my favourite viewpoints on Arran with much of the island and swathes of the Firth of Clyde opening up in front of you. Once you’ve drunk in the views ease down to Hamilton Island, where you’ll often see seals. It’s a flat walk along the coast now, ending with a pint and some scran at the Drift Inn.