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Isle of Arran
Arran is a 20 mile long enchanting and peaceful island in the middle of the Firth of Clyde, popular with tourists who enjoy its fine beaches, walking, cycling, climbing, golf and geology. It is reached by a short ferry ride from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast, so is also one of the most accessible of Scottish islands.
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Exploring the Island
Arran is mountainous in the northern half and has a more gentle landscape in the southern part, the area where most of the population (and tourists) live.
A single, very scenic road, ideal for cycling, runs round the coast of the island, through several pretty villages. One further road takes you across the island's centre to Blackwaterfoot (with golf course and a glorious beach) and Machrie, which has a further golf course and interesting stone circles. Lovely Glen Rosa is only one of several glens offering wonderful walking, while the energetic can tackle Goat Fell, the peak which dominates the island.
Places to Visit
The 'capital' Brodick is the only town of any size and is the main tourist draw. The main attractions in the Brodick area are the Arran Heritage Museum and the Arran Visitor Centre (at Home Farm) where you can watch the Arran cheeses being made and try soap-making.
Brodick Castle is the 19th century former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton situated north of the town. Its country park includes a walled garden, a nature centre and varied walks. Brodick also hosts a four-day annual folk festival in early June.
The main attraction near Lamlash (4 miles south of Brodick) is Holy Island where Buddhist monks have established the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre and retreat - day visitors are also welcomed. The King's cave at Blackwaterfoot is one of many caves where Robert the Bruce was said to have encountered his famous spider and there are several Bronze Age sites and stone circles near the town. There are also ruins of a 13th century castle at Lochranza in the north of the island.
|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|20-Jan-2017||Upper Sonachan Farmhouse AU1 (overall)||The cottage was comfortable and welcoming on our arrival. We were provided with very good quality bedding and towels and the bathrooms were well equipped if in need of a little uipdating. The kitchen was a really good size but we could have done with more in the way of equipment, for instance preperation bowls and oven proof dishes.|
|20-Jan-2017||March Cottage EZ4 (overall)||We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful cottage. Great location, with an amazing window seat overlooking the loch - no better way to spend winter's afternoon watching the wildlife.
Very well equipped kitchen, sometimes holiday homes are pretty basic, but not this one. Couldn't find any egg cups though, and our daughter does like a soft boiled egg!
Comfy beds, hot water bottle provided for the single room, and heated underblankets on the double bed were a luxury we hadn't been used to, have since purchased for home use!
Great location with some stunning walks and scenery close by.
|19-Jan-2017||Drumfern Cottage AP1 (overall)||A really gorgeous location. The cottage was spacious, well equipped and comfortable. All communication/key collection all work well.|
|19-Jan-2017||Trimontium View AA2 (overall)||Very roomy and ideal for our family get together. Bed mattresses very uncomfortable in all rooms|
|19-Jan-2017||Lime Tree Cottage BR7 (overall)||A lovely cottage,well equipped with every thing we needed.The owner left a welcome pack which was very thoughtful and most welcome.|
|18-Jan-2017||Eagles Nest DN2 (overall)||I had a few questions about the property and received prompt and helpful responses from the team. Thanks especially to Rhianne. The details for payment and arriving at the property were clear. The security deposit was refunded the week after our return.|
|18-Jan-2017||Woodhouse Cottage AX6 (overall)||Everything well explained (directions, organisation) and matched reality. Understanding when an unexpected problem although emergency contact was unavailable.|
|18-Jan-2017||Moorcroft Cottage DG1 (overall)||Service is fine but if you want any more info on a property, phone them. Don't bother with an email as they will just give you the same information that's already on the site.|
|18-Jan-2017||Esk Cottage FB2 (overall)||The cottages are always lovely and the booking is easy|
|17-Jan-2017||Riverside Cottage BG5 (overall)||Very professional, very friendly.|