The Isle of Arran, Scotland Grade: Low Moderate

£685.00

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Duration:
6 nights
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 3 Maximum 10
Holiday Dates
4 - 10 September, Sat - Fri 6 nights
Location
Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland
Walk Grade
Low Moderate
Deposit Required
10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 10 weeks in advance

 

 

The Isle of Arran is often described as Scotland in miniature due to its varied landscape which reflects the Scottish mainland. The island has everything from dramatic mountains to pretty seaside villages, wild moorland to lush farmland and some stunning seascapes too.  The wildlife is spectacular and it is possible to see the ‘Big 5’ (golden eagles, otters, seals, red squirrels and red deer). The island is quite large, about 10 miles by 20 miles, and we use the good bus service to do walks in different parts of the island, offering a real taste of Arran and some wonderful journeys along the coast and inland.

This guided walking holiday  is graded ‘low moderate’ and the walks will vary from 6-8 miles. The routes will follow footpaths and there will be some ups and downs, although these will be taken at a suitably leisurely pace.  We will walk in very varied scenery, along shorelines and through woods, and into the magnificent grounds of Brodick Castle (National Trust for Scotland). For those who want to, there will also be opportunity to visit the castle (bring your National Trust card if you have one), the local heritage museum, and some of the island’s craft shops.

We will be staying in the comfy Dunvegan House Guest House in Brodick which has beautiful views of Brodick Bay and the Goatfell mountain range. It is also just a short walk to the ferry and bus terminal and the local shops and restaurants.  Arran is the most accessible of the Scottish Islands with regular ferries from Ardrossan, just south of Glasgow.

Twin Shared Ensuite: £685 Single Occupancy Ensuite: £835 Price includes: 6 nights B&B accommodation; Packed lunch each day; Transport to walks. Not Included: Transport to Arran; Evening Meals (Your guide will arrange these for you); Insurance; Personal Expenses.
low moderate grade The walks are between 6 and 8 miles long and on good footpaths and coastal stretches. There are some ascents and descents and these will be taken at a suitable pace for the group and grade.
Dunvegan House Guesthouse has a fabulous location on the seafront in Brodick. It is a homely, friendly place and perfectly situated for access to shops, transport and eateries.
Jo Bird has guided many times in Arran, a place she knows and loves. She has been guiding women's walking holidays for a number of years and also runs a fabulous B&B in Hebden Bridge. She has a passion for walking and the outdoors.
By train - Nearest train station is Ardrossan Harbour which is reached via Glasgow Central (not to be confused with Ardrossan Town station or Ardrossan South Beach!) From London: there are hourly trains from Euston to Glasgow Central which take approx 5.5 hours. Change there for trains to Ardrossan Harbour, approx 45 mins. There is a covered walkway from the Ardrossan Harbour train station to the ferry terminal From Manchester: trains with only 1 change are approx every 2 hours – change at Glasgow Central, as above. Approximately 4hrs 45 mins. By car to Ardrossan Ardrossan is approx 7.5 hours from London, 4.5 hours from Manchester. There is secure parking in Ardrossan, no need to book, approx £4 per night. Head north on the M6 and then onto the M74. Take junction 8 onto the A71 (Kilmarnock). After 30 miles, take the A78 (Ardrossan, Greenock) and then quickly onto the A738 (Saltcoats, Ardrossan) Ferry – the ferry links in with the arrival of trains from Glasgow – see the Calmac website for timetable information. http://www.calmac.co.uk/ The ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick takes one hour. Foot passengers do not need to pre-book, currently £3.75 each way. If taking a car on the ferry, the cost is approx £35 return and pre-booking is essential. Dunvegan House is just a few minutes walk along Shore Road from the ferry terminal.

£685.00

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