Known as Scotland in miniature, the Isle of Arran is an ideal location for short and long breaks.
There are 3×18 hole courses (Brodick, Lamlash, & Whiting Bay) 1×12 hole (Shiskine) and 3×9 hole courses (Corrie, Lochranza & Machrie.) They are spectacular and popular and booking is advisable.
There are an amazing number of hill, mountain and coastal walks and climbs on Arran. The nearest coastal walk is to Kings Cave. Once known as Fingals Cave it was the hunting home of Fionn-nan cuil, Celtic warrior & father of Ossian. The cave was also supposedly where Robert the Bruce hid and assisted by the spider avoided capture. Nearby is the standing stones and stone circles at Machrie Moor. A mysterious place from ancient times it is unknown of their significance be it astronomical or ritual. Access is easy via a 1 1/2 mile flat walk. Goatfell at 874 metres, dominates the skyline over Brodick. There is a well worn path starting at Cladach which will take you to the top where on fine days the views to Ireland, the Scottish mainland and of Arran itself are magnificent.
The Arran Distillery
Situated at Lochranza the Arran Distillery is Scotlands newest. There are tours available as well as a fine restaurant and shop. Tel 01770 830334 or visit the website www.arranwhisky.com
Opened in 2000 by Richard & Elisabeth Roberts you are invited to a tasting of their fine ales. Take a look at their website on www.arranbrewery.co.uk
Cairnhouse Riding Centre has stables situated at Blackwaterfoot, is run by Dawn Murchie and has daily rides and lessons. Call 01770 860466
The Balmichael Visitors Centre at Siskine runs kiddies quad biking as well as adult quad bike adventures in the surrounding hills. Tel: 01770 860430 or website www.arranquadcentre.co.uk
There are tennis courts at Machrie golf club approximately 1/2 mile from the accommodation as well as courts at Shiskine Golf Club at Blackwaterfoot.
Dependent on river conditions, permits are available to fish the Machrie River between June and October. See Arranfishings website.
Sea angling can be organised at Lamlash pier Tel 01770 600998.
The nearest village, which has a post office, grocery store, butchers, bakery, newsagents & gift shop and two hotels.