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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|
|18-Jul-2018||Corrarie Cottage CB6 (overall)||Friendly, polite telephone manner
Efficient - always answered phone quickly - got back to me promptly when I wanted to extend my stay
|18-Jul-2018||Tigh Na Tri Cottage BR9 (overall)||Great. Everything worked really well. On-line booking was straight forward. Lovely accommodation.|
|18-Jul-2018||The Leet CJ2 (overall)||Very easy to book, information regarding booking and cottage very good. No issues at all.|
|18-Jul-2018||The Shieling BB7 (overall)||cottage as described ideal for elderly relative (all on ground floor) scenery stunning only downside which is nothing to do with cottage is m6 motorway, one giant carpark 12 hours to get back to bristol thanks to roadworks, accidents etc|
|18-Jul-2018||Chapel House AU9 (overall)||Die gesamte Abwicklung hat super gut geklappt. Absolut netter Kontakt und prompte Antworten! Alles bestens!|
|18-Jul-2018||Pier Cottage AX2 (overall)||Booking arrangements, payment and pre holiday communication were excellent. No problems whatsoever.|
|18-Jul-2018||The Shieling BB7 (overall)||We have been very happy with the service provided throughout our holiday and with the support from the owner regarding a few little problems with the cottage. which in mo way spoiled our enjoyment.|
|18-Jul-2018||Glen Etive Cottage AL6 (overall)||I would go back in a heartbeat. Terrific setting, well back into Etive. The house was set up wonderfully, as well as having a lot of conveniences of home (ie not just a washer but a dryer as well!!)
Yes, the midges were bad, so it would have been nice to have screens on the windows. Can’t control the weather though and I can’t think of other seasons where screens on the windows would be needed.
I can’t fault anything, especially no signal. Ha, I know it’s not by choice but for someone looking to disconnect, truly disconnect? Perfection.
And if you didn’t want to drive anywhere to hike ? There was more than enough outside the front door.
|17-Jul-2018||Driftwood AH9 (overall)||Cottage was clean and bright and well equipped. Location was lovely and we enjoyed the little front garden as the weather was excellent all week. The security box with key was a great idea.|
|17-Jul-2018||Tigh na Mara Cottage DX7 (overall)||The booking process was very straightforward. The directions were spot on. This was very useful as we felt as if we were at the edge of the world...|