the island


Have a look at the book of walks and the Ordnance Survey map of the island in the cottage to discover a wide variety of walks ranging from gentle strolls along sandy and rocky beaches to more strenuous climbing in the mountains to the North of the island.
Why not enjoy the majestic Glen Rosa or scramble to the top of Goat Fell and take in spectacular views? If you prefer something more gentle, try the 4-mile return walk along the coast from Blackwaterfoot to the Kings Cave or take the ferry (in season) to Holy Isle and walk its shores and hills looking back at Arran.

mountain biking and road cyling
Arran Bike Club has created a variety of on/off road trails, particularly at the south end of the island. The level of challenge varies. Outside the immediate vicinity of Brodick, the roads on Arran are either quiet or very quiet! The coastal road is flat or undulating most of the way around the island.
Bicyles can be hired either in Blackwaterfoot or Brodick, where there is also a bicycle repair shop. You will find a leaflet in the cottage, or have a look at their website: www.arranbikeclub.com

Arran boasts no fewer than six golf courses. They vary in length and the degree of difficulty, but all have beautiful views. The 12-hole seaside links Shishkine Golf Club at nearby Blackwaterfoot overlooks the Kilbranen sound with magnificent views to the Mull of Kintyre. It has the distinction of being ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses in Britain. For more information see: www.shiskinegolf.com

If the weather is very warm and/or you are feeling brave, you can swim from a range of nearby sandy beaches (highly recommended: Blackwaterfoot, Cleats Shore (near Lagg), Machrie and Whiting Bay). If it rains, however, and you are looking for some indoor exercise, head either for the Kinloch Hotel at Blackwaterfoot or the Auchranie in Brodick. Both have pleasant and competitively-priced indoor pools with sauna/steam room facilities open to non-residents.

Reiki healing and teaching is available close to Whin Cottage. Advance booking is essential. Please contact Rosemary Rayner on 01770 870 897 for further details.

Outdoor tennis courts can be found at Blackwaterfoot, Machrie, Lamlash and Brodick. You can also play indoors at the Auchranie Hotel in Brodick. Costs are very reasonable.

Sea fishing is possible from Lamlash and there is loch fishing at Blackwaterfoot and Kildonan.

arran adventure
Arran Adventure Company, based in Brodick but active all over the island, offers a range of outdoor activities ranging from sea kayaking to gorge walking or archery. To learn more visit their website at: www.arranadventure.com

From April to October with Flying Fever: www.flyingfever.net

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