Autumn Tints of Arran 2018
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‘Scotland in miniature’ might just be the most apt way to sum up the Isle of Arran. Separated into Highland and Lowland, geographically and ecologically diverse, and brimming with history, Arran has more in common with the mainland than you might think. The big difference is its size: all of its charms are squeezed into one bijou package.
Despite being Scotland’s seventh largest island, Arran’s diminutive size means that it’s quite possible to pack a good number of its sites into one day. But why would you want to do that? Instead you can join us on a longer tour, taking it all in at a pace far more befitting of the laid-back Firth of Clyde.
On Arran, picturesque villages show a way of life that still revolves around the sea — such as Sannox with its curving beach and Corrie with its quaint twin harbours. These give way to wide expanses, all waiting to be explored. There are traces of those that have come before too — in the unique windows of Catacol’s ‘Twelve Apostles’ fishermen’s cottages, for example; and in the etymology of towns like Whiting — or ‘Viking’ — Bay. We also explore Arran’s Victorian legacy, in the grounds of Brodick Castle — its walled gardens, woodland walks, and ravishing rhododendrons are truly a joy to behold.
Between these engaging visits, there is ample time to spend at leisure as you wish. Why not join our optional excursion to the beautiful, southerly Isle of Gigha; visit the legendary King’s Caves, or simply take it easy? The choice is yours...
We depart from our designated pick up points and head for Ardrossan in time to catch the afternoon ferry to Brodick. On arrival on Arran our coach will transfer us to Blackwaterfoot where our accommodation has been organised for the next three 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.
Today following breakfast we have a circular tour of the island of Arran. 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; Corrie and Sannox under the shadow of Goat Fell and other mountains, and then down the west coast to Catacol and Pirnmill with its '12 Apostles'.
We return to our hotel in time for dinner
This morning we have included a visit the gardens of Brodick Castle. 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.
Sadly today we must head for home. This morning, following breakfast, we will travel to the ferry port in time for the 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.
- Three nights' dinner (with wine), bed and breakfast: three nights in Kinloch Hotel, Arran.
- Two lunches
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Guided tour of Arran and visits to Blackwaterfoot and to the gardens of Brodick Castle
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Porterage at the hotels
- Gratuities (driver and tour manager)
- Bottle of mineral water each day
Supplements per person
Single room supplement: £TBC
Travel and overnight accommodation before or after the tour available on request
2018 Insurance Prices
As part of our booking conditions, our travellers must have adequate insurance protection for any holidays overseas but we strongly recommend that you are covered for any of our tours. Our travellers are welcome to take out their own insurance policy, providing that we have the details of this before departure. Alternatively, we can provide our own recommended single-trip travel insurance for all holidays, please see the most upto date prices below:
Under 65, from £18.00 | 65-74, from £35.00 | 75 and over, from £52.00
Under 65, from £32.00 | 65-74, from £64.00 | 75 and over, from £96.00
Prices on application
18/10/2018 from £435pp