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Glen Sannox, Arran

The Island that has it all, from mountain peaks and tranquil glens to sandy beaches and colourful gardens.

Arran has a unique blend of Highland and Island scenery with granite peaks and deep glens to the north of the island, contrasting with its fertile rolling farmlands to the south, which gives rise to the famous soubriquet "Scotland in Miniature". As you approach on the ferry from Ardrossan, the distinctive silhouette of Goat Fell rises dramatically from the clear waters of the Firth of Clyde giving a foretaste of a destination whose unique magic never disappoints.

The small villages that lie on the 56 mile-long coastline are compared to ‘jewels on a necklace’, strung out like pearls around the island. From Blackwaterfoot we will visit Whiting Bay, Lamlash, Brodick - the capital of Arran, the pretty village of Corrie under the shadow of Goat Fell, Sannox and the '12 Apostles' at Lochranza.

Brodick Castle leaves a lasting impression, as the tall stately building beckons with the glow of warm sandstone. The setting is staggering and its garden is a mass of colour at any time of the year – in spring the scent of azaleas and rhododendrons fills the air while in autumn the trees don their autumn cloaks and the foliage blazes with reds, golds and ambers.

We will be based for four nights at the family-run, 3-star Best Western Kinloch Hotel in Blackwaterfoot, on the western shore of the island, overlooking Kilbrannan Sound and the Mull of Kintyre. The hotel has a heated swimming pool, sauna, solarium, squash court, snooker and fitness room. Here you will receive a truly warm welcome, sample the best of local Arran produce and enjoy a friendly atmosphere.

Available departure dates and prices

8-Sep-2014   £455.00
 

The Island that has it all, from mountain peaks and tranquil glens to sandy beaches and colourful gardens.

Day 1 

We depart from our designated pick up points and head for Ardrossan in time to catch the 15.15 hrs afternoon ferry to Brodick.  On arrival on Arran our coach will transfer us to Blackwaterfoot where our accommodation has been organised for the next four nights at the Kinloch Hotel. In the evening following dinner there will be an informal welcome presentation on how to get the most out of your visit to Arran.

Day 2 

Today following breakfast we have a circular tour of the island.  Only 56 miles around its coastline, the small villages are compared to 'jewels on a necklace' strung out like pearls around the island.

From Blackwaterfoot we will visit Whiting Bay, Lamlash, Brodick - the capital of Arran, the pretty village of Corrie under the shadow of Goat Fell and Sannox before passing the '12 Apostles' at Lochranza.  We return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 3 

Today will be free to relax in the hotel and its surroundings. Alternatively for those who wish we have organised an optional excursion to the little Hebridean island of Gigha (not included).  Nestling close to the mainland just off the Kintyre peninsula, this is a gem of an island often overlooked by the island hopper.

We will visit Achamore Gardens, the former home of the Horlick family.  Sir James Horlick (of bedtime drink fame) came here in 1944 and started to create a woodland garden.  A light lunch will be available at the Gigha Hotel (not included) before we have a wander around the gardens.  The mild climate combined with high levels of rainfall means that there is always something in bloom.  We return to the Kinloch Hotel for dinner.

Day 4 

This morning we have included a visit to Brodick Castle and Gardens.  This is a castle you will never forget!  Brodick Castle occupies a splendid position, well protected from westerly winds and looking east across the Firth of Clyde.  The present garden dates from 1932 when the Duchess of Montrose started an ambitious woodland garden with a collection of rhododendrons.  From the castle, paths wind downhill towards the seashore, and in a shady place there is a fernery and a delightful Bavarian summer house embellished with rustic work and lovely inlaid panels of pinecones.  A walled garden, dating from 1710, has been restored and mixed borders on three sides retain the gardener's interest throughout the year.

The afternoon will be free in Brodick. We will return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 5 

Sadly today we must head for home. This morning, following breakfast, we will travel to the ferry port in time for the 11.05hrs crossing to Ardrossan where  we expect to arrive early afternoon. Thereafter we will return to our original pick up points to arrive late afternoon/early evening - your driver will be able to confirm a more precise return time en route home.

Included in the price

  • 4 nights’ dinner, bed and full breakfast at the comfortable Kinloch Hotel, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran in a room with private facilities
  • All coaching and ferry transfers
  • Guided tour of Arran
  • Visit to Brodick Castle and gardens

Not included (per person)

  • No single room supplement
  • Optional Excursion to Gigha price on request
  • Rail/air travel and overnight accommodation in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth before or after the tour available on request
  • Insurance 2014  £17.50 (under 65); £35.00 (65-74); £52.50 (75-90)


The same 4 night package by air from London is also available from £555pp

PLEASE NOTE, FOR ANYONE TRAVELLING ON ANY FLIGHT, PHOTOGRAPHIC IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED BY THE AIRLINES AT CHECK-IN  - THIS EVEN RELATES TO DOMESTIC FLIGHTS WITHIN THE UK

Departure points and times:

             

Depart Return
Glasgow (Millennium Hotel, George Square) 0700 1745
Montrose (Railway Station) 0745 1700
Arbroath (Railway Station) 0805 1640
Dundee (outside Discovery Point) 0830 1615
Perth (Bus stop on Canal Street, Tay Street end) 0900 1545
Kinross (Kinross Services) 1000 1445
Dunfermline (outside Carnegie College) 1015 1430
Edinburgh (Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road) 1100 1415
Glasgow 1215 1300

 

Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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The holiday was an 85th birthday present from my family - the best present I've ever had from them! I've always wanted to go to Arran and I was not disappointed!

Robert Fraser Snr

I need to return to Gigha to explore on my own, the tour was a great introduction, but I must go back - thanks for energizing me!

Miss Marlow

A superb holiday - thanks Trish the Tour Manager was very helpful and knowledgeable - the free day was a great idea.

Mr and Mrs Somerville
 
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