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Awesome Arran Weekend

£295 pp

Argyll & The Isles, Scotland

2 Nights

4-8 People

Awesome Arran Weekend

What You'll Do

Explore one of Scotland's most beautiful islands with this 3-day taster adventure to the Isle of Arran - "Scotland in Miniature" - a stunning mountainous island in the Clyde Estuary between the Scottish mainland and the Mull of Kintyre.

Meet your wonderful guide at either Edinburgh Haymarket Station at 6am, or Glasgow Central Station at 8am (whichever is easiest – you choose!)

Once all your group is at the meeting point, the adventure begins! You will set off on the CalMac ferry from over to Arran at 9:45am which takes about an hour – just enough time to relax and take in your first views of the island!

Arran captures many aspects of the variety and beauty of Scotland, from sculptured granite mountains in the north to tranquil sandy bays and rich gardens in the south.

The island also has an abundance of wildlife, especially seabirds and seals but also deer, otters and even eagles. There are coastal caves and trails, high mountain walks and spectacular views over the surrounding islands, the Highlands on the mainland and even the Antrim coast of Ireland. For anyone unfamiliar with this island let us convince you that it has everything the Scottish Highlands have to offer!

The weekend consists of a variety of walks and cycling; the tour is graded as ‘Moderate/Challenging’ – suitable for people of good fitness who enjoy walking or the outdoors, but it is not necessary to have any previous hiking experience.

This tour can be a private tour of 4-8 friends, or book by yourself and join a group of like minded travellers to experience the beautiful Isle of Arran with.

We hope you love your weekend on the Isle of Arran as much as we do!

Experience
Highlights

Explore the stunning Isle of Arran on guided hikes through the mountainous interior

Wander around the picturesque Lamlash Bay and look out over the Firth of Clyde

Take in a local distillery and crumbling castle near the village of Lochranza

Your Local Host:

Jon Haber

I am an outdoor ‘nut’ , starting when I was in the Scouts as a kid and loved doing night hikes on Cannock Chase (great for map reading), trips to the Peak District and Wales, and then my interest really took off when I was at UEA Norwich – organising Fell and Cave trips which took students to all the hilly and interesting parts Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrive on Arran

Friday:

Arrival and easy coastal walk – We will travel over to the coast by train, leaving Edinburgh Waverley at 0641 (Glasgow Central at 0833) , taking the CalMac ferry over to Arran at 0945. The crossing takes about 1 hour, just enough time to relax and take in your first views of the island – a dramatic skyline with Goatfell holding pride of place and 16 century Brodick Castle watching over our approach.

After a short picnic lunch we drop off luggage at our accommodation and then drive to Lochranza in the north of the island with its picturesque 14 century castle (formerly a Royal hunting lodge). Here a path heads off round the north east point of Arran – the Cock of Arran – for a coastal walk that is one of the very best on the island. The return route takes us over the back of the peninsula, opening up further the views to the mainland.

Kayak or Bike Your Way Round Arran

Saturday:

Sea Kayaking or Arran Bike Tour – Today we will split into two manageable groups; sea kayaking around Lamlash Bay and Holy Isle (Arran’s own offshore haven and early Celtic Christian retreat) with plenty of opportunities for spotting wildlife and seabirds or road/mountain biking around the northern half of the island, which likewise has opportunities for spotting wildlife, especially seals basking on beaches at low tide.

The cycle trip will also stop off at Machrie Moor to view the well preserved and moody stone circles as well as a couple of rural pubs and cafes. The cycling isn’t entirely laid-back however, as there are two challenging hills involved.

Both groups will meet up for a post adventure Whisky tasting at the Arran Distillery.

Ascend Stunning Goatfell

Sunday:

Ascent of Goatfell (departure) – The ascent of the island’s highest mountain starts from our accommodation in the picturesque village of Corrie, and follows cascading mountain streams up a well marked path to the summit. Views open up through 360’, and this is a superb place to linger – picking out the mountains of the Scottish mainland 80km/50 miles and more away, and in the opposite direction, tracing the northern coastline of Ireland.

We continue along the ridge to North Goat Fell, either by easy paths or via some interesting pinnacles! A simple descent returns us back down to Corrie.

Location Information

The Isle of Arran could be called the ‘perfect Scottish island’ – it has a little bit of everything you’d want to see in a Scottish isle! There is an amazing coastline, breathtaking mountain peaks, blooming forests and plenty of tasty local produce.

  • All transport
  • All guiding
  • 2 nights accommodation (your choice of shared or single hotel room or hostel - see booking page)
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Course Evening Meals

FAQs

The level of difficulty for the walking is described as moderate/challenging.

This is a guideline kit list of what is normal walking equipment for the Scottish Highlands during the summer months. Our climate is so unpredictable that every eventuality has to be prepared for- it can either be very hot and dry or wild, wet and windy!

Good walking boots
Good quality rain jacket (Gortex or similar)
Waterproof trousers
Walking socks
Warm woollen or fleece hat
Gloves
Gaiters
Swimwear (for those warm summer lochs)
Walking poles (optional but recommended)
Water bottle
Small thermos flask
Fleece or wool sweater plus 1 spare sweater.
Warm walking trousers (no jeans)
Shorts
Thermal underwear
T-shirts
Long sleeve walking shirt
Sun hat
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Small day sack for hiking with
Casual clothes for evening/pub

There are two nights accommodation included, on Friday and Saturday night. You can choose between a shared twin or double room in a comfortable hotel, a single room in the hotel or to stay in our hostel accommodation. You'll see the options and choose the one you prefer on the booking page.