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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|
|16-Aug-2017||Katie's Cottage BB1 (overall)||A hassle free booking.|
|16-Aug-2017||Achleek Cottage DB9 (overall)||It was a really good service and we enjoyed our holiday very much.
The sunsets were the best ever seen.
|15-Aug-2017||Callwood Smiddy CR8 (overall)||We had a lovey welcome when we arrived at Callwood Smiddy and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage is beautifully furnished and well equipped. It is well situated for a wide range of activities.|
|15-Aug-2017||Kilbryde Castle Apartment FL1 (overall)||We thought that the service from Unique Cottages was smooth and efficient. The details of the property were descriptive and matched what we found.
As for the property. Kilbryde Castle Apartment is lovely. We certainly hope to be able to return. It is spacious, quiet and well kitted out. Our hosts were friendly and helpful, yet un-obtrusive - just what is needed.
To be able to walk around the grounds and down by the river was delightful. Also to be able to walk a little further and to be able to watch Red Kites helped the pleasure of the week.
All in all, it is one of the best apartments that we have stayed in anywhere.
|14-Aug-2017||Ghillie's Bothy EH2 (overall)||We had a wonderful peaceful time in Ghillie's Bothy. The cottage was very well equipped with everything we could need. It is situated in a lovely area with great scenery a short drive away. We found the area quite and very beautiful and hope to make a return visit to enjoy more of the area. We highly recommend this cottage.|
|14-Aug-2017||The Mill House, Dowally AT7 (overall)||Lovely, comfortable, homely cottage in a fabulous location. Very comfortable beds and seating. Lovely log fire with all the logs that you need. Allow us to take all our dogs. Dog friendly garden. Lots of local wild life including red squirrels and woodpecker. Owners of cottage friendly and welcoming. We've visited several years in a row a row and will definitely visit again.
Unique cottages are a great firm to deal with. Easy web site and nice friendly, efficient staff. Cottage represented accurately in brochure and on web site. Promptly returned refundable insurance when cottage left in good order.
|13-Aug-2017||Tighaneas AF5 (overall)||Lovely house- very well equipped in a great location|
|13-Aug-2017||Dunmorag Cottage CT2 (overall)||Simple and easy booking mechanism|
|11-Aug-2017||Johnsfield Cottage CH7 (overall)||Everything was as it said in the advert.we were very happy with the property. It was well equipped in the kitchen and had a homely feel.|
|11-Aug-2017||Hollybank Barn EA1 (overall)||Easy to deal with, great contact and trustworthy.|