The Isle of Arran has a rich cultural heritage and beautiful landscape. It is one of the most picturesque of the Scottish Islands and certainly one of the most accessible.

The ferry to Brodick takes just 55 minutes from Ardrossan and during the summer there is a 30 minute crossing from Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsula to Lochranza in the North of the Island.

Arran offers a holiday to suit every possible taste and budget and is known as "Scotland in miniature" reflected in the contrast between the mountains and summits of Goatfell, Cir Mhor and Caisteal Abhail in the North East to the gentle rolling wooded hills and bays of Blackwaterfoot. The picturesque village of Blackwaterfoot which is less than a mile from the cottage, has a choice of shops and the family owned Kinloch Hotel. Open all year round, the hotel welcomes non residents and offers leisure facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, solarium, squash courts, fitness room and snooker table. The two lounges, Gally Bar and spacious dining room offer a selection of both traditional and contemporary cuisine.

The island is just 20 miles long and yet has no less than 7 Golf Courses and 5 Pony-Trekking Centres. Cycling is very popular and the varied terrain offers a challenge to the walker and climber with ten summits of over 2,000 ft together with coastal rambles along quiet country roads and sandy beaches exploring the natural beauty and ancient historic sites. The Buddhist Retreat on Holy Isle, a short ferry journey from the pretty village of Lamlash illustrates the tranquil nature and quiet contemplation the island can offer.

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