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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|
|10-Dec-2018||East Cliff Cottage EG6 (overall)||They were not particularly helpful as I only wanted a short midweek stay and to pay with a voucher I received as a xmas present last year. I was not allowed to book during the main holiday season and only allowed to use my voucher after the end of October. Very little trouble was taken to find me a place to stay. I obviously had to pay up front the £100 house keeping supplement which is paid back if you do not cause any damage. My letter said it would be paid back 7days after the end of my stay but when it had not arrived after 7days I phoned the office and had a very short and casual reply that it took at least 10 days to get my money back. If this is the norm then the contract letter needs changing as it is incorrect.|
|10-Dec-2018||East Faldonside Lodge DE6 (overall)||Very professional and very straight forward to use Unique Cottages service and website.|
|09-Dec-2018||Cuillin View Cottage DX8 (overall)||Thank you for a very good time in Cuillin View Cottage. It was great and we come back in the next year.
|08-Dec-2018||Restless Winds BD5 (overall)||The web site was first class, very easy to navigate and absolutely correct in its description.
The service we received was faultless.
|08-Dec-2018||Duncanhaugh Granary BK6 (overall)||Die Information und Navigation auf der Website ist sehr übersichtlich und anschl. an die Buchung die Korrespondenz mit dem Office war insgesamt sehr unkompliziert.|
|08-Dec-2018||Mabonlaw Cottage DP7 (overall)||Highly recommend them to everyone|
|06-Dec-2018||Dundarroch House CM2 (overall)||Lovely house in beautiful area.perfectly suited to our needs as a group of old friends who meet up annually, Plenty of space to chat,relax,play "pub quiz" and generally have a lovely time. Nice that all rooms have en-suite facilities and that there were twin as well as double rooms.
One or 2 minor issues. it would be helpful to know in advance that we had to bring kindling for the fires(there was none) No firelighters either. One of the fires had not been cleaned out and there were a few minor cleaning issues when we arrived. The hoover is not very efficient. There were several items (5-10) of chipped crockery on arrival.
These gripes disappeared almost into insignificance as the weekend progressed but as someone who runs a holiday cottage myself I am aware that you need to be informed about these things if you do not live on site. Another of our number runs a B&B so she was quick to point out these issues.
All in all though a really lovely place to go
|05-Dec-2018||Beach Retreat EF7 (overall)||Easy to Book|
|04-Dec-2018||West Harbour Apartment BE3 (overall)||A few light bulbs were not working ,under cupboard kitchen,|
|04-Dec-2018||Mallard Cottage BE8 (overall)||The holiday cottage was beautiful and very clean. Exactly as pictured and described on the website.|