About Isle of Arran


Arran is an island, 20 miles long and 57 miles around, located off the south-west coast of Scotland. Picturesque villages like pearls on a necklace are strung around its edge. The climate is tempered by the Gulf Stream and is mild enough to support the growth of palm trees and other sub-tropical plants.

Annual events include the Wildlife Festival in May, the Arran Festival of Folk around the second week in June, and the Brodick Highland Games in early August. There are also various hill races; Goatfell in mid-May, Glen Rosa in mid-June and Urie Loch in mid-July. Shiskine Valley Sports Day happens in July, shortly after the Shiskine half-marathon race.



Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle, a National Trust Property

Machrie Moor

Machrie Moor Standing Stones

Blackwaterfoot Harbour

Blackwaterfoot Harbour

Glen Sannox

Glen Sannox. There are old baryte mines here.

King's Cave

King's Cave, about 2 miles from Blackwaterfoot, is a pleasant afternoon's stroll.

Drumadoon Point

Overlooking Drumadoon Point

Highlands to the north and Lowlands to the south mimic the regional topography of the Scottish mainland without the mainland’s overpopulated and industrialised central rift valley. Similarly, the West is wild and windswept, Hebridean in character while the east is gentler and more populated. Everywhere the scenery is breathtaking and the peace is deafening.

Arran Hills

Arran Hills from Brodick Bay

Arran provides outdoor pursuits aplenty; golf (there are seven courses, all within a 30 minute drive of our hotel), tennis, bowls, windsurfing, fishing, pony-trekking, hill-walking, cycling, birdwatching and rock collecting.

The Arran Adventure Company provides adrenaline rushes for intrepid adventurers with a wide selection of half or full day excursions including Off Road Driving, Gorge Walking, Orienteering, Abseiling down a sea cliff, Paragliding and more. Visit their Website (see the Links page) for more information.

4th Tee Shiskine Golf Course

The 4th Hole at Shiskine Golf Club Blackwaterfoot

Blackwaterfoot Lodge provides the perfect base for all of these activities.

Blackwaterfoot Beach

Sunset at Blackwaterfoot Beach