Autumn Tints of Arran

4 Days

From £395pp

  • Sailing across the Firth of Clyde and watching the mountains of Arran draw ever nearer
  • Circular, highly scenic tour of the island
  • Brodick Castle, with its incomparable setting and autumn colours in the garden
  • The comfortable Kinloch Hotel, located on the ‘sunset side’ of the island

As you board the ferry at Ardrossan, you see the distinctive silhouette of Goat Fell rising dramatically from the clear waters of the Firth of Clyde giving a foretaste of your destination whose unique magic never disappoints.  Often described as "Scotland in Miniature", Arran has a blend of Highland and Island scenery with granite peaks and deep glens to the north of the island, contrasting with its rolling and lush farmlands to the south.

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.  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 year-round colour, especially at this time of year when trees don their autumn cloaks and the foliage blazes with reds, golds and ambers.

We will be based for three 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.

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Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

What's Included

  • All coaching and ferry transfers
  • Three nights at the Kinloch Hotel, Blackwaterfoot, on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Three dinners
  • Guided tour of Arran and visit to the gardens of Brodick Castle
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays representative

Supplements per person

  • Insurance: £21 (under 65); £42 (65–74); £63 (75–90)

Rail/air travel and overnight accommodation in Glasgow, Edinburgh, or Perth before or after the tour available on request.

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Departures

Please note 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.

The same 3-night package by air from London is also available from £495.00*

*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

 

 

23/10/2017 from £395pp

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Depart Return
Aberdeen
(Skene Street)
0700 1745
Montrose
(Outside railway station)
0745 1700
Arbroath
(Outside railway station)
0805 1640
Dundee
(Outside Discovery Point)
0830 1615
Perth
(Bus stop on Canal Street (Tay Street end))
0900 1545
Kinross
(Moto services, M90)
1000 1445
Dunfermline
(Outside Fife College)
1015 1430
Edinburgh
(Outside Marriott Hotel)
1100 1415
Glasgow
(Outside Millennium Hotel, George Square)
1215 1300