Museums

Be curious and make discoveries

To really find out about the history of Arran and her people, look no further than paying a visit to Arran Heritage Museum. The Museum is sited at Rosaburn, just past Brodick School, and is made up of a variety of buildings, each carefully renovated and playing its part in telling the story of Arran – even the toilets are in an old converted milk house!

Arran Heritage Museum was established in the 1970s and since then has become a vital part of the island’s culture. It is run in the main by volunteers and offers an excellent way to find out more about our social history. There is a small café onsite, with delicious home baking, and the gardens have a lovely tractor and a selection of toys to keep the children busy.

During summer months the Museum has ‘special days’ where you might find demonstrations of spinning, or vintage tractors – and always accompanied by the wonderful music of Arran Pipe Band.

The Museum is a must for all the family – discover more >

Quirky Island Fact

#12 - The 12 Apostles at Catacol have 13 chimneys
'The Row’ was built in the 1860s to rehouse crofters displaced during The Clearances. It had been hoped they would all turn to fishing and each one has a different top window, theory being that the wives could signal their husbands at sea. However they lay empty for two years before being lived in – apparently the crofters relocated their families elsewhere on Arran in protest. Maybe the 13 chimneys made it look more symmetrical, who knows?

Quirky Island Fact

#12 - The 12 Apostles at Catacol have 13 chimneys
'The Row’ was built in the 1860s to rehouse crofters displaced during The Clearances. It had been hoped they would all turn to fishing and each one has a different top window, theory being that the wives could signal their husbands at sea. However they lay empty for two years before being lived in – apparently the crofters relocated their families elsewhere on Arran in protest. Maybe the 13 chimneys made it look more symmetrical, who knows?

Quirky Island Fact

#12 - The 12 Apostles at Catacol have 13 chimneys
'The Row’ was built in the 1860s to rehouse crofters displaced during The Clearances. It had been hoped they would all turn to fishing and each one has a different top window, theory being that the wives could signal their husbands at sea. However they lay empty for two years before being lived in – apparently the crofters relocated their families elsewhere on Arran in protest. Maybe the 13 chimneys made it look more symmetrical, who knows?