Isle of Arran: Accommodation & Sightseeing

Brodick Bay & Goatfell, Arran, Scotland
Brodick Bay & Goatfell © David Woods | Fotolia.com

Arran, near Machrie Moor
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Arran is a small island, 20 miles long and 56 miles round, located off the south-west coast of Scotland. Palm trees grow here in the mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream and it has many picturesque villages.

The island is cut in half by the Highland Boundary Fault, a geological division which makes the north rugged and hilly, whereas the south is more gentle and lower lying. In fact it is often called 'Scotland in miniature' for its range and wealth of scenery. All this is within easy reach of Glasgow, making it an ideal holiday destination.

It has history (castles and ancient monuments), wildlife (birds, seals and deer) and leisure opportunities (hill walking, tennis, golf, yachting, pony trekking, bowling, cycling). Something for everyone. Of the island's 4,600 inhabitants around 1,000 live in the main port Brodick (2011 census).

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How to get to Arran

Two vehicle ferries run from the Scottish mainland to the Isle of Arran. Most people reach the island via Ardrossan which has a direct rail service from Glasgow.

These ferries are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne - telephone 08705 650000. The official Caledonian Macbrayne website lists the current timetables in detail.

Vehicle ferry: Ardrossan-Brodick
A large ferry leaves Ardrossan which is nearly 40 miles by road from Glasgow (allow 1 and a half hours to drive) or one hour by train. The boat takes you to Arran's main town Brodick. In the summer there are 5 or 6 daily sailings from Monday to Saturday and 4 sailings on Sundays. Fewer sailings operate over the winter (October - early April). Journey time: 55 minutes. The Caledonian MacBrayne brochure states that vehicle reservation is required but this might only be really necessary at peak times during the holidays.

Lochranza ferry
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Vehicle ferry: Claonaig-Lochranza
A small vehicle ferry leaves Claonaig, a tiny spot on the Kintyre Peninsula (110 miles from Glasgow) and in 30 minutes takes you over to Lochranza on the northern tip of Arran. From late March - late October there are about 10 crossings every day, so you just turn up and hope to get on the next one. No vehicle reservations possible. You can get Early Bird Savers or Day Savers which work out slightly cheaper if you have a car and up to 4 passengers.

Map of Argyll and Arran
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Springside B&B is just 10 miles from the ferry at Claonaig on the mainland. This traditional cottage overlooks Tarbert harbour between Loch Fyne and the Mull of Kintyre. Ideal for an overnight stop if you are leaving Arran and heading for the ferry to Islay or to stay longer if you wish to explore the historic Kintyre Peninsula and Kilmartin.

Travellers' Tips:

The island has an excellent local bus service operated from Brodick including the north circular route, the south circular route and a route across the middle along the so-called String Road. You can buy a day-ticket and hop on and off as many times as you like. Check local bus times with Strathclyde Transport - tel: 0141 332 7133 or Argyll and Bute Council - tel: 01546 604 695. Also see travelinescotland.com
There is also the Post Bus run by the Royal Mail. It delivers mail around the island and has room to take a few passengers. Its route includes the Ross Road which runs from just south of Lamlash to the south-western corner of the island.

Many of the islanders will pick up hitch-hikers and give you a lift.

Car hire is available from Arran Transport Ltd. at Brodick pier - tel: 01770 302 121.
Also try Whiting Bay Garage - telephone/fax: 01770 700 345 and Blackwaterfoot Garage - telephone: 01770 860 277.
A nationwide car hire company is Arnold Clark Ltd. which has a branch at 97-99 Main Street, Prestwick on the mainland - telephone: 1292 470 545 / fax: 01292 671 735.

Scotland Made Easy can plan a customised itinerary for a self-drive tour to suit your interests, budget and time available. They will book you into recommended accommodation where you are assured of quality, comfort and hospitality - usually in 4 or 5 star B&Bs in Scottish homes. Optional 'specials' include a night in a castle, church, lighthouse, country mansion, etc.
Whether you have already decided which places you want to visit or if you haven't a clue where to start, Scotland Made Easy will advise and take care of all the planning for you.

My travellers' tips file may also be useful if you are planning a trip to Scotland. It covers airlines, national car hire, train information, accommodation web sites, etc.

Free tourist map of Arran.

Activities

The Isle of Arran Coastal Way follows a continuous 105-km (65 miles) path around the island which can be split into 7 different walks for day trips. Guide book available.

Goatfell, Isle of Arran, Scotland
Goatfell © Matthew Hart | Dreamstime.com

Gemini Walks are specialists in self-guided walking holidays offering handpicked accommodation over 7 - 8 nights and reliable baggage transfer so you can do the full circle. Extra nights optional.

The seven golf courses of Arran:

The Arran Golf Pass is useful (tel 01770 860226) as it offers a discount when playing all 7 courses.
Arran Driving Range is located at Balmichael (on the String Road). It has indoor and outdoor bays with distance markers, greens and chipping nets. OPen daily 9am - 8pm. Clubs are provided free of charge. A small shop is open during the summer selling light refreshments and golf balls. Tel: 01770 860 530 / Mob: 07917 830 166.

Bike hire is available from:

  • Arran Adventure Company (tel: 01770 302244) in Auchrannie Spa Resort, Auchrannie Road, Brodick (about 15 minutes walk from ferry terminal).
  • Arran Bike Hire have trail bikes to hire from The Shorehouse on Shore Road in Brodick (about 500 metres from the ferry terminal). Tel: 01770 302377 / Mobile: 07717 845755.
  • Brodick Cycles (tel: 01770 302 460) opposite the village hall.
  • Brodick Boathouse - putting green by the beach where you can hire bikes, boats and deck chairs (summer only) - tel: 01770 302868.
  • Mini Golf & Cycles - tel: 01770 302 272. Only 400 yards from Brodick pier.

A guide to cycle routes on the island is provided by the Arran Bike Club

The Arran Adventure Company offers a selection of outdoor activities for individuals or groups including climbing, abseiling, archery, gorge walking, mountain biking, sailing and sea kayaking expeditions. Bike hire and kayak hire available from their base in Brodick. Tel: 01770 302244.

Wild Walks on Arran is operated by qualified Mountain Leader Lucy Wallace. Guided walks (half a day or longer) for all abilities. Navigation skills courses also available.

Arran Power & Sail offer power boat trips (by RIB) from Brodick harbour. Tel: 01770 302377 / Mobile: 07717 845755.

Ocean Breeze RIB Tours offer powerboat tours around the Isle of Arran and the Firth of Clyde. Charters available. Tel: 01770 820275 / Mobile: 07771 463567.

Go Paragliding with Flying Fever Based in Kildonan. Tel: 01770 820292 / Mob: 07984356192.

Events
In addition those listed below, there are alsorts of other events taking place. The local tourist office will have up-to-date details when you arrive.

You can also view the online magazine: Visit Arran Island Guide.

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Sightseeing

The following places can be accessed on a circular trip anticlockwise around the island.

BRODICK (on the east coast of Arran)
The name Brodick comes from the Norse words, meaning 'broad bay'. Arran means 'peaked island' in Gaelic.

The island's main town has lots of places where visitors can stay, eat and shop. You can buy fish and chips to eat on the beach, get a sandwich from the baker or buy food, drink and newspapers from the general store or the Co-op supermarket. There are also lots of hotels where you can get meals.
The Good Food Shop on Auchrannie Road sells home baking, vegetarian & health foods and has a cafe serving light meals. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Tel: 01770 302427.

Brodick, Arran, Scotland
Arriving in Brodick © luapeed | Fotolia.com

You can buy gifts, crafts, maps, books, cards, clothes and general hardware in various places in Brodick. Look out for Bilslands gift shop and restaurant, and James’ chocolate shop.

You will find a branch of the Bank of Scotland here and a chemist (pharmacy), plus the main Post Office. Public telephones are located near the Post Office. Internet access is available in the library which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings.
Also available are tennis courts, bowling green, putting green and mini-golf.
To see what Brodick looks like today, visit the Brodick webcam.

Brodick bay, Arran, Scotland
View from Brodick across the bay © S.R.Miller | Fotolia.com

Brodick's attractions include the Arran Heritage Museum (on the way to Rosaburn) which shows Arran as it was up to the 1920s, the castle and the golf course. Open daily April - October.

Seals can be spotted in Brodick Bay, not far from the main vehicle entrance to the castle and also from the Old Quay.

Also to be visited just north of Brodick is the visitor centre for Arran Aromatics at Home Farm. Open 7 days a week all year round from 9.30am - 5.30pm (hours may vary in winter). Island Cheese Co. is also situated at Home Farm. Gift shop open 9am - 5.30pm Monday - Saturday.
Creelers smokehouse and shop specialises in seafood and is open from Easter to October (Tel: 01770 302797).
COAST is a new cafe/bistro at Home Farm.
For more foodie places, visit the web site for Taste of Arran.

Cladach Visitors' Centre (just north of Brodick) includes the Wineport Bar and Bistro, MacKenzie Leather workshop, Isle of Arran Brewery (with tours and shop), plus an entry point to Brodick Castle Gardens.

BRODICK CASTLE
This red sandstone castle nestles in dark trees at the foot of Goatfell mountain 1.5 miles out of Brodick.

The site has been occupied by a stronghold of some kind since the fifth century, when an ancient Irish tribe came over and founded the kingdom of Dalriada. It was probably destroyed and rebuilt many times during its turbulent history. In 1503 the castle and the Earldom of Arran were granted by James IV to his cousin, Lord Hamilton. That structure was demolished in 1544. Parts of the present castle date from the 1588 during the ownership of the 2nd Earl of Arran who was the guardian and regent of Queen Mary.
As the home of the Dukes of Hamilton, the castle was occupied by Cromwellian troops after the first Duke was executed during the Civil War in 1648 and the second died in battle just three years later.

Brodick Castle, Arran, Scotland
Brodick Castle © David Woods | Fotolia.com

Brodick Castle eventually passed into the hands of Mary, Duchess of Montrose (daughter of the 12th Duke of Hamilton) who revitalised the gardens. Since her death in 1957 it has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

Inside are paintings, porcelain and furniture from the various owners. It is also home to the art collection of 18th century author William Beckford of Fonthill whose daughter married the 10th Duke of Hamilton. One of the rooms is known as 'Bruce's Room' but since the castle was all but destroyed in 1455 and 1544, it is unlikely that Robert the Bruce actually stayed in it.

The colourful gardens which feature lots of rhododendrons, include:

  • the walled garden,
  • the "Ice House" where they used to pack ice in the winter in a hole in the ground and then store it ready for the summer,
  • the Bavarian Summer House, a hexagonal wooden structure built in 1845 and decorated with elaborate arrangements of fir cones.

Once you are inside the castle grounds, you can also take advantage of several walking trails, including one leading up Goatfell mountain (874 metres) and another to the intriguingly named "Duchesses' Bathing Pool". There's an adventure playground for children.
The Arran Ranger Service covers the 600-acre estate and organises a variety of guided walks and events. There is a replica Bronze Age roundhouse. Tel: 0844 493 2154.

The castle is open daily from April to October 11am - 4.30pm. The Country Park is open all year round every day from 9.30am until sunset. Telephone: 01770 302202. There's a licensed restaurant and souvenir shop. Wedding facilities available.
The National Trust for Scotland has more details.

Those without transport can either take the north circular bus which runs past the entrance or walk (part road and part footpath).

CORRIE (about 5 miles north of Brodick)
Heading north out of Brodick, this is the first village you reach. The Corrie Hotel serves good food. (tel: 01770 810273). Jim and Shauna Lees run a craft and antique shop here, whilst Three Dimensions sells jewellery, pictures and such like (open end March - end October).
It is not advisable to venture into the local 'caves' as they are old limestone mines and unsafe. Just south of the village a track leads up to Goatfell.

SANNOX (about 7 miles north of Brodick)
A pretty village with palm trees, a very good beach and a 9-hole golf course (confusingly called the Corrie Golf Course). There are old barite mines in Glen Sannox above the village.
For more info visit local web site: CorrieSannox.co.uk

Popular area for hill walking. Two very good walks start from Sannox - one up Glen Sannox and down Glen Rosa, and the other round to Laggan Twine, the Cock of Arran, Lochranza, with a hitch back over the Boguillie.

North Sannox Pony Trekking - contact 01770 810 222.

Lochranza Castle
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LOCHRANZA (14-15 miles north of Brodick)
This village on the northern tip of Arran is overlooked on several sides by hills where you may see deer. It features the picturesque ruins of a 14th century castle, a former hunting lodge of the Scottish Kings.
More photos of Lochranza Castle

There's a golf course, campsite, hotel, studio gallery, craft shop, post office.
The Loch Ranza Field Studies Centre offers residential courses for school groups.

A small vehicle ferry (seasonally operated by CalMac) takes you from here over to Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsula on the mainland opposite (journey time: 30 minutes).

Lochranza and the Castle
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A whisky distillery opened by Lochcranza in 1995 - look out for the copper pagodas when you approach the village from the south. Guided tours daily between 10am and 6pm. Gift shop. Restaurant open throughout the day. Evening meals served from 7pm - 10pm (closed Monday evenings) - booking advisable. Reduced opening hours between 1 November and 31 March. Telephone 01770 830 264 or visit their web site for more details.

Catacol
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CATACOL
The village of Catacol is home of the Twelve Apostles: a row of identical white cottages sitting on the seafront. The local hotel serves food.

WHITEFARLAND AND IMACHAR
These two places lie about halfway between Catacol and Machrie. Whitefarland has a very interesting graveyard on the left of the road, going south. Just south is Imachar, where the palm trees are really spectacular.

PIRNMILL
Picturesque small village overlooking the Kilbrannan Sound to the Kintyre Peninsula. 6 miles south of Lochranza. The village was named after a 19th century mill which produced bobbins from hazel trees grown on the island and was powered by a waterwheel. Facilities include the Lighthouse Restaurant (tel: 01770 850240) and village shop/post office. Accommodation includes 4 star Clisham B&B (tel: 01770 850294) and Westview Cottage (self catering with 2 bedrooms).

MACHRIE BAY
The Machrie Bay Golf Course and Tearoom has a 9 hole golf course, a tennis court and a putting green. Tel: 01770 840 329.

MACHRIE MOOR STANDING STONES (on the west coast of Arran)
Not far from the road, a small ancient circle is protected by a stone wall. Continue on the footpath and you will reach the main site, three-quarters of a mile across the fields.

In 1993 I visited the two groups of small white boulders which lie to the right of the path, then further down on the left several beautifully mysterious tall, red stones. An information notice explains what little is known about them. Robert Pollock has produced an excellent guide with diagrams which details these and other circles on this site.
When I was there in May, I saw curlews.

At Auchencar Farm, Machrie, you can visit The Old Byre Showroom which sells a variety of Scottish knitwear, sheepskin rugs, tartan rugs, etc. The owners also have a holiday cottage to rent - check our their web site. Tel/Fax: 01770 840 227.

Machrie Moor standing stones
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BLACKWATERFOOT (on the west coast of Arran)
General store, bakery, butcher's shop, post office. Tennis courts, bowling green, Shiskine golf course, pony trekking. A leisure centre in the Kinloch Hotel including snooker, sauna, swimming pool, etc. is open to non-residents.

Blackwaterfoot Lodge - hotel and restaurant - just 50 yards from the harbour and 5 minutes walk from the beach bordering the golf course. Open from Easter - October. Tel: 01770 860 202. Self catering accommodation also available.
Other self catering accommodation near Shiskine is provided at Hamilton Cottages.

beach at Blackwaterfoot, Arran
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The footpath to the King's Cave starts off parallel to the beach, then cuts through the golf course and along the hill top. Here is a standing stone, said to mark the grave of Fingal's daughter, and also the remains of an old fort. The path then leads down a steep cliff and across some rocks to the place where it is said that Robert the Bruce was inspired by the spider struggling up its thread. The other caves are known as his Kitchen, Cellar and Stable. Tradition says that they were also used by the legendary Fingal. Coincidentally, the cliffs have basaltic pillars which resemble those on Staffa (site of the famous Fingal's Cave).

SLIDDERY
Near here is the start of the Ross Road which cuts across the island to Lamlash on the east coast. Part of this road runs almost alongside Sliddery Water. One theory about the derivation of the name Sliddery is that it comes from the Gaelic meaning 'field of slaughter' because it was here that a marauding band of Vikings met a sticky end, when they decided that Sliddery Water valley looked like a good place to settle. Nowadays the tiny hamlet sits on the hill above the estuary, about half a mile from the shore. A lane leads down to coastal meadows below the old cliff line and a fascinating pebble beach.

LAGG
There are various cairns here on either side of the river. You can reach one by a signposted forest footpath near the bridge which takes you along the riverbank towards the sea. Chambered cairns and a cumulus are to be found on the other side of the river (perhaps there is a footpath near the excellent hotel, I am not sure - check the map).

SHANNOCHIE
Alistair Hamilton recommends taking a look at Shannochie Post Office - a tiny end of a thatched house. He told me that the nearby Smithy is the highest house on the island. It has a bit missing in the middle, neatly removed by a bomb dropped by a passing aircraft during the war.

KILDONAN
Kildonan Castle, now in ruins, was used as the hunting seat of the Scottish Kings when Arran was a Crown property.
Offshore is the tiny island of Pladda around which you might see seals.

On a clear day you can see Ailsa Craig - a mountainous island set in the sea. Alistair Hamilton who grew up here told me that the coast of Ireland (the Antrim Plateau) can be seen from Kildonan, as can Sanda Island off Kintyre, which is locally known as Spoon Island due to the fact that it looks like a spoon lying in the water.

Pladda, Arran, Scotland
Pladda © Mille19 | Dreamstime.com
Glen Ashdale waterfall
Glen Ashdale waterfall

WHITING BAY (8 miles south of Brodick)
Several walks start here. Look for the signposts to the Glen Ashdale waterfall and the Giants' Graves.

The village has several seaside-type shops (one of which boasts the island's only candy floss machine) and a nice tearoom where you can recuperate after climbing up the nearby hills. For meals, there are several hotels and a restaurant.
The Arran Art Gallery on Shore Road showcases many local artists (tel: 01770 700250)
COAST is a cafe/bistro on Shore Road (tel: 01770 700308).
Self catering accommodation is available in Strathconon Cottage.

Boats can be hired here and there are trips over to Holy Isle a couple of miles offshore.

Tennis court, putting green, golf course and bowling green.

LAMLASH (4 miles south of Brodick)
Ferry service over to Holy Isle in a small boat (every hour during the summer, phone 01770 600 998 or mobile 07860 235 086). Sea angling trips can also be arranged. Two hotels, grocers, bank. Tennis courts, bowling green, putting green, golf course.

Lilybank Guest House offers 4 star B&B accommodation on the shores of Lamlash Bay.

You can visit the factory shop of Arran Fine Foods at the old mill. They specialise in mustards, preserves, dips and marmalades. Tel: 01770 600 606 / Fax: 01770 600 225.

The Arran Art Store in Lamlash sells professional and student quality art and craft supplies including childrens’ fun kits. There is a gallery specialising in landscape paintings of the Island by a range of artists including Pat McDonald, David Aitcheson and Demay. This is a good place to find out about art exhibitions, classes and workshops running during your visit. Tel: 01770 600 627 / 07789 035 351

At the southern end of the bay is Kings Cross Point (the nearest point to Holy Isle) where it is said Robert the Bruce embarked for the mainland when he received the assumed signal from Turnberry.

HOLY ISLE
This small island lies a mile off the Arran coast and rises a thousand feet out of the sea. It was the site of an early Christian monastery, but today it is the home of a Buddhist retreat. In 1263 before the Battle of Largs, the Norse king Haakon anchored his fleet in Lamlash Bay. The cave of Saint Molaise has Viking inscriptions which may have been made by sailors at this time.

Holy Isle, Arran, Scotland
Holy Isle © S.R.Miller | Fotolia.com

Featured Accommodation

The Lagg Hotel
The Lagg Hotel
Kilmory
Isle of Arran KA27 8PQ
Tel: +44 (0)1770870 255
Fax. +44 (0)1770870250
Email: info@lagghotel.com
The Lagg Hotel

Small, family run hotel. Former coaching inn dating from 1791.
Picturesque & peaceful setting with palm trees growing in the grounds.
Just a short walk from Bluebell Wood and the seashore.
16 miles south of Brodick.
Collection from the ferry terminal by prior arrangement.
Ideal for touring, relaxing, golf, walking, etc.

13 bedrooms (single, twin, double and family rooms
plus a four-poster bedroom)
each with bathroom/shower room, TV, hairdryer, etc.

Sun lounge overlooking the river and garden.
Residents' lounge with log fire.
Lunch and dinner served in the lounge bar and dining room.
Public bar with TV, pool table and darts board.
Function room available for weddings or private functions.

B&B from £42.50 per person per night.
Dinner, B&B from £77.50 per person per night.
Instant online booking.
Discounts for group or week bookings.
Child rates.
No smoking. Pets welcome by arrangement.
Open from March to October.

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Kilmichael
Kilmichael Country House Hotel
Glen Cloy
by Brodick
Isle of Arran KA27 8BY
Tel: +44 (0)1770 302219
Fax: +44 (0)1770 302068

Self catering cottages also available
with 1 twin bedroom and
a 4-poster double bedroom with spa bath.
Scottish Tourist Board 5 Stars

Kilmichael Country House Hotel

A small, elegant and friendly hotel in a secluded location
just outside Brodick.
Believed to be the oldest house on Arran.
Scottish Tourist Board 5 Stars ('exceptional, world class').
Featured in the AA's Premier Collection of 'Britain's Best Hotels'.
AA 2 red stars & 2 red rosettes.
Award-winning restaurant with daily changing menu.
Scottish Country House Hotel of the Year 2009.
Winner of The Small Romantic Hotel Award - 2012 Scottish Hotel Awards.
Winner of Luxury Island Hotel of the Year,
Dame of Hospitality and Small Hotel Breakfast of the Year
in the 2013 Scottish Hotel Awards.
Islands Winner of Restaurant of the Year - 2014 Scottish Hotel Awards.

Luxury accommodation in 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 suites.
All have bath and shower en suite,
plus telephone, TV, hairdryer, iron,
fresh flowers, fruit, whisky, toiletries, books, map, etc.
Some bedrooms have 4-poster bed, whirlpool bath and fireplace.

B&B prices from £65 per person per night.
Special deals for 3 or 7 nights.
Ferry packages available.
Sorry no children under 12.
Open March - October.

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Auchrannie House Hotel

Auchrannie Spa Resort
Auchrannie House Hotel & Spa Resort
Brodick
Isle of Arran KA27 8BZ

Auchrannie House Hotel & Spa Resort

4 star hotel nestling in landscaped gardens at Glencloy,
just a short drive from Brodick (ferry port).
Choice of accommodation and dining
with friendly and efficient service.

Leisure club with 20 metre indoor swimming pool,
children's pool, sauna, steam room, solarium,
turbo spa, fitness suite and snooker room.
Games hall for tennis, badminton, table tennis,
indoor bowls, football, basketball, volleyball.
Spa with beauty treatments, massage & alternative therapies.
Games zone and soft play area for children.
Internet room. Free Wi-Fi.

Choice of dining:
Elegant restaurant with 2 AA Rosettes
and a silver EatScotland award.
Brasserie with informal atmosphere.
Spacious Café Bar in the Spa Resort.

Auchrannie House Hotel:
28 ensuite bedrooms in country house style.
B&B prices from £42 per person.
Auchrannie Spa Resort:
36 ensuite contemporary style bedrooms.
B&B prices from £40 per person.

All bedrooms have satellite TV, telephone,
self monitoring baby listening, fridge,
hairdryer, tea/coffee, ironing facilities.
Ground floor bedrooms available for disabled guests.

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Bed and Breakfast / Guest Houses

Glenartney photo
Contact Robbie Mallinson & Angela Elliott-Walker
The Glenartney
Mayish Road
Brodick
Isle of Arran KA27 8BX
Tel / Fax: +44 (0)1770 302220
Email: info@glenartney-arran.co.uk

Self catering cottage also available

The Glenartney

Family-run guest house with glorious views of Goat Fell.
Situated close to the centre of Brodick.
5 minutes walk from Brodick Golf Course.
10 minutes walk from the ferry.

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars.
12 bedrooms: 4 twin, 6 double, 1 family, 1 single.
Cosy guest lounge and residents-only bar.
Famous for hearty breakfasts.
Green Tourism Gold award.

Ideal for walkers & cyclists.
Drying room available. Packed lunches on request.
Lockable store for bicycles and golf equipment.
Well behaved dogs welcome (extra charge).

B&B prices:
from £41 per person (sharing double/twin)
or single from £50.
includes full breakfast.
Family room rates also available.
No charge for children under 2 years.
Open late March - early October.
Instant online booking.

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Lilybank Guest House

Colin & June Richardson
Lilybank Guest House
Lamlash
Isle of Arran KA27 8LS
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1770 600230
Email: colinrichardson1@mac.com

Lilybank Guest House

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Guest House.
Situated on the shores of Lamlash Bay overlooking Holy Isle.
Built in the late 18th century, now tastefully renovated and refurbished.

Choice of 7 double/twin bedrooms (6 ensuite).
All with TV, hairdryer, central heating and hospitality tray.
Four bedrooms with sea views.
Two twin rooms are on the ground floor
(and one is suitable for guests with mobility difficulties).
Sitting room and dining room overlooking the bay.
Sun lounge overlooking the garden.
Breakfasts feature local produce. Vegetarians welcome.

B&B prices from £35 per person (2 sharing)
Instant online booking.
Enquire about single occupancy rates.
No smoking. No pets.
Private car park.

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B&B

Viewbank Guest House
Golf Course Road
Whiting Bay
Isle of Arran KA27 8QT

Viewbank Guest House

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars.
Former 19th century farmhouse overlooking Whiting Bay
with panoramic sea views.
Peaceful and secluded location.
Half a mile from village amenities.
200 yards from Whiting Bay golf course.
8 miles south of Brodick ferry terminal.

Choice of 8 bedrooms (double/twin/superking).
Large TV and piano lounge for guests.
Lawned grounds.
Private off-road car parking.
Free Wi-Fi.

B&B prices from £40 per person (2 sharing)
Open all year (except Christmas). No pets.

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B&B

Belvedere Guest House
Alma Road
Brodick
Isle of Arran KA27 8AZ

Belvedere Guest House

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Guest House.
Centrally situated in Brodick.
5 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.
Views across Brodick Bay towards Goat Fell.

Choice of 5 bedrooms (double, twin, single).
All with TV, radio, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi access.
Residents' lounge with piano, home cinema, hi-fi, etc
Vegetarians welcome.

B&B prices from £37.50 per person.
No smoking.

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Self Catering Accommodation

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Contact Robbie Mallinson & Angela Elliott-Walker
The Glenartney
Mayish Road
Brodick
Isle of Arran KA27 8BX
Tel / Fax: +44 (0)1770 302220
Email: info@glenartney-arran.co.uk

Woodlea

Modern 2-bedroom cottage sleeps 4.
with views towards Brodick Bay and Goatfell mountain.
Set in its own private grounds near The Glenartney guesthouse
Only 5 minutes walk from Brodick Golf Course.
10 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

Recently refurbished.
1 double & 1 twin bedroom (with pullout bed).
Bathroom with electric shower over bath & separate WC.
Large lounge with dining area with patio doors leading to the garden.
Flat screen TV and music with USB point for iPod.
Modern kitchen with electric cooker, fridge freezer,
microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher.
Gardens with views. Shed for outdoor gear and cycle storage.
Parking for 2 cars.

Prices from £350 per week
Short stays (minimum 3 nights) available by arrangement.
Towels and bed linen provided.
Dogs welcome (extra charge). No smoking.
Online booking.

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Blacksmith’s Bothy photo
Contact: Mrs Margaret Tait
Ivy Cottage
Sliddery
Isle of Arran KA27 8PB
Tel: 01770 870295
Email: enquiries@arran-far-horizons.co.uk

Far Horizons Holiday Cottages

Choice of 4 delightful stone-built cottages
located on one of Arran's traditional sea-farms
offering a secluded base in a tranquil rural setting.
4 miles south of Blackwaterfoot
on the Sliddery/Corriecravie boundary.
Ideal for birdwatching, golf, families, etc.

Three 3-star cottages, each with:
2 bedrooms (1 twin and 1 double).
Bathroom with bath and shower.
Lounge/dining area, kitchen, spiral staircase.
Facilities include Freeview digital TV, DVD player,
gas hob, electric oven, fridge,
washer / tumble drier, dishwasher, microwave.
Patio area with barbecue.

These 3 cottages face their own separate courtyard
for access and parking.
The Blacksmith's Bothy is detached and has
its own small garden at the side, up a short flight of steps.

Four-star cottage sleeping 7-8
2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom,
1 double bunk room (full-sized beds),
3 bathrooms, kitchen & dining area, lounge & sun room.
Facilities include Sky TV, DVD players,
woodburning stove, gas hob, electric oven,
dishwasher, microwave & American fridge-freezer.

Prices range from £420 per week.
10% discount for two-week bookings.
Short breaks (min 3 nights).
Online availability calendars.
Open from April to October.
No smoking.
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Contact: Jim & Kate Mackintosh
Hamilton Cottages
Hamilton House
Shiskine
Isle of Arran KA27 8EW
Tel: +44 (0)1770 860711
Email: info@hamiltoncottages.co.uk

Hamilton Cottages

Choice of 3 stylish holiday cottages (newly renovated)
on the edge of Shiskine village.
Lovely views across open countryside to the hills beyond.
1.5 miles from the Balmichael Centre (outdoor activities, coffee shop, etc.)
Less than 2 miles from Blackwaterfoot (golf, restaurant, pool, etc).
Less than 10 miles from Brodick. 17 miles from Lochranza.
Guests have access to bicycles and a new games room
with pool table, table football and table tennis.
Free Wifi access in all cottages.

Rosa Cottage (sleeps 4 - 6)
2 bedrooms (1 king size double & 1 twin)
Shurig Cottage (sleeps 6 - 8)
3 bedrooms (1 king size double & 2 twin)

These 2 cottages each have:
2 shower rooms.
Lounge with TV, DVD player, hi-fi & pull down double futon.
Kitchen with cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, etc.
Designed for wheelchair access. Wi-Fi Broadband.
Large shared garden with patios & garden furniture (BBQ available).
Separate laundry facility.
An acre of woodland at the rear of the property.

Shepherd's Cottage (sleeps 6):
Kitchen, living room and dining room with feature fireplace.
2 large double bedrooms & 1 twin bedroom.
1 bath/shower room and separate WC.
Pergola covered patio garden. Wi-Fi Broadband.
Satellite TV, DVD, CD player and ipod docking station.

Prices range from £320 to £605 per week
includes electricity, bed linen and towels.
3 night short breaks from £205.
Pets by arrangement only. Strictly no smoking.
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Booking Hotline: 0845 268 1383

Dunmaghlas

Spacious cottage just 15 yards from the sea.
Panoramic views. Sleeps 5 - 7.
Situated in the village of Pirnmill on the west coast.

Furnished and decorated to 4 star standard.
Lounge with open fire, dining room, kitchen, conservatory.
3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single) plus sofa bed
Facilities include TV, VCR, DVD, radio,
washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave,
Enclosed garden with patio.

Prices from £568 per week
includes bedlinen, fuel and electricity.
Pets welcome. Online booking.

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Miscellaneous accommodation listings:

Self catering:

  • Bellevue Farm Cottages - 2 self catering units (each sleeping 5) on a traditional beef and sheep farm near Blackwaterfoot. 3 stars.
  • Burnside House is a spacious property sleeping 7-8 in 4 bedrooms. Located in Dippin, about 2 miles south of Whiting Bay.
  • Lochdean Cottage is a renovated, traditional cottage in Lochranza. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 double & 1 twin).
  • Sealladh-na-mara (Seaview) has 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms and sleeps up to 6. Situated in the village of Pirnmill (15 miles from Brodick and 6 miles from Lochranza).
  • Stonewater House B&B in Lamlash has 3 ensuite bedrooms (2 double & 1 twin). Vegetarians and vegans welcome. Dog friendly.
  • The Greannan is half a mile outside Blackwaterfoot and has 2 self catering apartments. 3 star apartment sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms. 4 star apartment sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.
  • Tim's Barn (sleeps 2) and Croc cottage (sleeps 2 - 7) are individual self catering properties near Lamlash.

Bunkhouse accommodation:

  • Kilmory Lodge Bunkhouse is a modern, well equipped and comfortable bunkhouse with rooms sleeping 3, 4, 8 and 8. Budget accommodation mainly for groups of 15 people minimum up to a maximum of 23. Bedlinen supplied. Extra meeting rooms and games hall / auditorium available. Please ask for details.Contact the Hall Manager, Kilmory Public Hall and Lodge, Kilmory, Isle of Arran, KA27 8PQ. Tel: 01770 870345.

Youth Hostels (see the Scottish Youth Hostels Assocation site):

  • Lochranza - open February to December - 70 beds - telephone 01770 830631
  • Whiting Bay - open March to October - 60 beds - telephone 01770 700339

For camping - visit ScottishCamping.com

  • Glen Rosa Campsite (2 miles from Brodick). Basic facilities (toilets and sinks with cold water only, no showers and no electric). Tel: 01770 302 380. Not suitable for large motor homes. Limited space for camper vans.
  • Lochranza Caravan and Camping site (by Lochranza golf course) - telephone: 01770 830 273. Open April - October. Space for 60 touring caravans, motor caravans or tents.
  • Middleton Caravan and Camping Park (near Lamlash) - telephone: 01770 600251/600255. Open April - October. 60 pitches for motorhomes, caravans and tents.
  • Seal Shore Camping and Touring Site - next to the hotel in Kildonan (12 miles south of Brodick). 20 pitches. 4 star facilities. Open April - October. Tel: 01770 820320.

There are lots of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guest houses on the island. Here's just a sample:

  • The Barn is a 3 star B&B in Brodick with 2 bedrooms (family/double). Contact Philip & Kath De Courcy. Tel: 01770 303615.
  • Blackwaterfoot Lodge - hotel and restaurant. Tel: 01770 860 202. Self catering accommodation also available.
  • Burlington Hotel & Restaurant - 3 star small hotel with 8 bedrooms in Whiting Bay. Tel: 01770 700255.
  • Carrick Lodge is a 3 star guest house in Brodick. Contact Faith Robertson. Tel: 01770 302 550.
  • Castlekirk is a converted 19th century church providing B&B and art breaks, situated opposite Lochcranza castle. Rooms: 1 single, 1 double, 2 twin. Open February-November. Contact Vicki Hudson. Tel: 01770 830202.
  • Clisham B&B is a family home set in its own ground situated in the peaceful seashore village of Pirnmill on the north-west coast, 6 miles south of Lochranza. 1 ensuite double & 1 twin with private bathroom. Put-up bed in room also available. Open March - October. Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars. Contact Mrs Diane MacDonald. Tel: 01770 850294.
  • The Douglas Hotel is close to the ferry terminal in Brodick. Newly-renovated with 20 bedrooms, bar & bistro. Available for weddings. Tel: 07570 110797.
  • Glenisle Hotel in Lamlash has 13 bedrooms, a restaurant and lounge bar. Tel: 01770 600559.
  • The Greannan is half a mile outside Blackwaterfoot. B&B available in 5 ensuite rooms (2 twin & 3 double) from March to October. Self catering apartments also available all year. Contact Susan Murchie. Tel: 01770 860 200.
  • Rosaburn Lodge is an elegant 3 star guest house set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens on the outskirts of Brodick. 3 ensuite bedrooms. Contact Paul & Leen Heivers. Tel: 01770 302383.
  • The Royal Arran Hotel overlooking Whiting Bay offers 4 ensuite bedrooms (including one with a four-poster bed). Tel: 01770 700286.
  • Viewbank House is a 3 star guest house with views over Whiting Bay. 7 bedrooms. Self catering caravan also available. Contact Mal & Julie Barker. Tel: 01770 700326

Springside B&B on the mainland is just 10 miles from the Claonaig ferry which takes you to Lochranza on Arran. This traditional cottage overlooks Tarbert harbour between Loch Fyne and the Mull of Kintyre. Ideal for an overnight stop if you are taking this ferry and then heading for the ferry to Islay. 4 bedrooms. B&B from £27.50 or room only for £25 per person. Tel: 01880 820 413.

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Useful Books and Maps

The Isle of Arran
Written by Robert McLellan and Norman S. Newton, this is a lovely colour guide with over 100 pages of photos. It covers the local heritage and culture of Arran, wildlife and landscape, history, place names, places to visit, etc. Even if you don't get chance to buy it before you go, you will certainly want a copy for a souvenir when you have visited!
To order your copy from Amazon.co.uk click here
Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths
This Coastal Paths book covers 150 miles which can be achieved with 7 days in Ayrshire and 4 days to walk around Arran. Public transport means you can tackle it as day walks or weekend trips. Includes lots of local info, wildlife, history, geology, accommodation, maps and great colour photos.
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Arran
Super photo book featuring colour photos by Allan Wright and commentary by Tony Bonning.
Paperback. 96 pages.
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The Arran Coastal Way
One of the Rucksack Readers spiral-bound guides printed on waterproof paper. Circular 65-miles walk with detailed route descriptions, info on local history & wildlife. Practical information about public transport. 75 colour photos.
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Walking on the Isle of Arran: Low Level Walks to High Mountain Routes
A selection of 45 one-day walks all over the island for all abilities.
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The Southern Hebrides and Arran (Island Walks)
Produced by famous island-hopper Hamish Haswell-Smith and Stephen Whitehorne.
A selection of 26 graded walks (easy to strenuous) on the following islands:
Arran - Islay - Jura - Colonsay and Oronsay - Kerrera - Lismore - Mull - Iona - Tiree - Coll - Bute - Gigha - Staffa
Paperback. 192 pages.
Available from Amazon UK and Amazon.com

Explorer Map for the Isle of Arran
Produced by the Ordnance Survey which is useful if you will be hiking or backpacking as the scale is 2.5 inches to the mile (4 km to 1 cm).

Tourist Information Centres

The Pier
Brodick
Isle of Arran

Ayrshire and Arran Tourist Board official web site

Links to other related external sites:
VisitArran.com
The Arran Taste Trail (restaurants, recipes, shops, etc.)
VisitArran.net
Arran.net
arransites.co.uk
The Isle of Arran Tourism Directory
Arran.info - Interactive Guide
Arran.co.uk

ArranArt (local artwork, photos & crafts)
Photos of Arran by Colin Palmer

Arran Banner - local newspaper
Voice for Arran - local news
Arran Estate Agents - properties for sale
Arran Natural History Society
Arran Access Trust
Arran Windsurfing

Free tourist map of Arran (downloadable PDF courtesy of The Oban Times)

Accommodation in Arran B&Bs - Arran Hotels - Arran Self Catering Cottages