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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|
|22-Feb-2019||Glenlochsie Cottage DD4 (overall)||The service from begging to end was very professional. The booking process was very easy and the overall experience was fantastic. Well done Unique Cottages.|
|22-Feb-2019||Coire Bheag ES4 (overall)||The cottage was lovely and a quiet haven. One recommendation would be that it would be nice if the fire had been on before we arrived. We didn't arrive until late at night and so at that time of year the cottage was Baltic cold. Also less than half a bucket of coal was left for us which wasn't enough to keep the fire going until the following day, lucky for us we had brought some wood and we found out the next day the shop was closed Sunday and so nowhere to purchase more. I would rather pay more rent for the week and have enough wood and coal there.. A wall rack at the side of the wood burner would be ideal. Otherwise the cottage was bliss, fantastic location all weathers and we had all weathers except sunshine. We had highland cattle, sheep and deer on the door step, seals on the rocks and a sea eagle overhead. Sanna Spice make a fantastic curry too, portion sizes are huge. We would have no problem recommending the cottage and have done so already.|
|22-Feb-2019||Cruinn Leum Round House FH5 (overall)||The house was just wonderful. Clean, comfortable and welcoming.|
|22-Feb-2019||The Old Lobster House BC8 (overall)||Wonderful cosy clean cottage, comfy bed, powerful shower, great kitchen for those that like to cook, and dog friendly! Unique because the sea comes right up to the kitchen window!|
|22-Feb-2019||Killiecrankie Lodge DZ4 (overall)||Great customer service. Very helpful on the phone.|
|22-Feb-2019||Laurieknowe Cottage EA9 (overall)||Warm welcome, cosy comfortable cottage and ideal location for our needs.|
|22-Feb-2019||Canmore Cottage BD7 (overall)||I always use Unique Cottages when I am looking for somewhere to stay in Scotland. Done 6 bookings now and each time had a good experience.|
|18-Feb-2019||Dunfuinary Cottage DA7 (overall)||Fuss free. Great communication. Would use them again.|
|17-Feb-2019||Whitmuir House FF3 (overall)||Excellent|
|15-Feb-2019||Beach Retreat EF7 (overall)||What a lovely cottage, just by the sea, in a gorgeous fishing village called ‘St Combs’. Facilities were fantastic. The owner couldn’t have done anything more than they did! Wonderful- would definitely stay there again.|