Explore ‘Scotland in Miniature’ on the Isle of Arran on this fabulous tour from Edinburgh.
Culzean Castle - An 18th century castle with beautiful grounds and gorgeously elegant rooms.
Robert Burns Country - Discover the locations that inspired Scotland’s most famous poet.
Brodick and Brodick Castle - A quintessential Victorian castle that’s said to be haunted by a ‘grey lady’.
Isle of Arran Distillery - There used to be around 50 distilleries on Arran. But now, this is the only distillery keeping the tradition alive.
Machrie Moor stone circles - These prehistoric stone circles are the most famous archeological sites on the Isle of Arran.
Kintyre Peninsula - Admire gorgeous coastal views in this hidden away part of Scotland.
Loch Lomond - One of Scotland’s largest lochs. Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.
The Isle of Arran is nicknamed ‘Scotland in miniature’.
It’s called this because it contains everything everyone loves about Scotland in 452 square kilometres.
You find stags frolicking through forests, a castle dramatically perched on the side of a river, and all the delicious seafood and whisky you could want.
So join this tour and begin with an adventure through the land of Robert Burns, before discovering all the delights of this small but bountiful island.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
You travel west past Glasgow and the Whitelee Wind Farm, Europe’s largest wind farm.
You then leave the modern landscapes, and travel into Ayrshire to visit the 18th century Culzean Castle. Here you have time to enjoy its dramatic cliff top setting, beautiful architecture, and elegant living spaces. You can also have lunch in the cafe or a picnic in the beautiful castle grounds.
Travelling towards Robert Burns’ birthplace you discover the places from his poems and songs. You stop at the visitor centre in Alloway, where you have the opportunity to find out more about this remarkable man.
You continue to Ardrossan where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran. You’re dropped off at your accommodation in Brodick.
Arran is alive with wildlife, mountains, beaches, pubs, and restaurants. There are many options of how you can spend your time on the island, depending on the weather and your group's interest; your driver guide will arrange the best day out for you.
You may explore the mountainous north of the island, some of Arran’s, best beaches, Lochranza Castle, and the Arran Distillery.
Arran is also home to many stone circles dating from the Neolithic period and the early Bronze Age. You visit Machrie Moor and its six stone circles; and after exploring this area you travel south through the harbour villages of Blackwaterfoot.
Travelling back to Brodick you see The Holy Isle across the water, owned by the Samye Ling Buddhist Community.
You may make a stop at the Arran Cheese shop, a family owned business that’s now famous all over the world.
At Brodick we find Brodick Castle, and situated in the shadow of this imposing red sandstone castle is Arran Brewery. This microbrewery blends naturally with its stunning surroundings, combining the island’s unique water with the finest local ingredients. You can sample this ale in many of the local pubs and restaurants; a perfect way to round off your day!
Today you return to the mainland on the ferry running between Lochranza and Claonaig. This short 30 minute crossing takes you onto the Kintyre Peninsula.
You travel along the coastal road to the charming fishing village of Tarbert. The village sits on the narrowest strip of land between the two bodies of water, forming a natural harbour.
From Tarbert you follow Loch Fyne toward the whitewashed village of Inveraray, where you have free time to explore and have lunch. After lunch you continue over the ‘The Rest and be Thankful’ mountain pass. From here it’s a short drive to Luss and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond before returning to Edinburgh.
First time to Arran, thoroughly enjoyed whole experience. Great driver and travelling companions
You stay two nights in Brodick on the Island of Arran.
Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.
Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.
Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.
Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.
Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.
If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.
We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.
We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.
B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard
The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other rooms in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.
The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.
In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.
In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.
Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.
If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Highlights: film locations, nessie, lochs, mountains, national parks, walks
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Highlights: mountains, lochs, national parks, film locations, ferry, walks