Isle of Arran Adventure - Scotland in Miniature 3 Day Tour
~ Culzean Castle
~ Robert Burns Country
~ Brodick and Brodick Castle
~ Isle of Arran Distillery and Brewery
~ Machrie Moor stone circles
~ Kintyre Peninsula
~ Loch Lomond
Three days to explore the West Coast of Scotland - the Isle of Arran, Argyll and the Ayrshire coast. A unique opportunity to visit the Island of Arran: often known as Scotland in Miniature. You will discover stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, ancient castles, standing stones, picturesque villages, and great local food and drink.
Stay 2 nights in Brodick on the Island of Arran
Tour can also pick-up/drop off in Glasgow (You can book online then arrange this by telephone or email)
If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.
Concession Prices: £129.00 - £159.00
Departing: Mondays (May - October)
Important Information about your Accommodation on TourYour tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you. We will always do our very best to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.
The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.
Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.
*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependent on the length of the tour.
Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available.
Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.
We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.
Day 1. Departing Edinburgh you travel West and spend the day discovering rural Ayrshire. Enjoy the rolling hills and dramatic coastal scenery. You have the chance to visit the magnificent Culzean Castle. The afternoon will be spent in Robert Burns' country visiting places he wrote about in his famous songs and poems. Enjoy a stop in Alloway at the recently redeveloped visitor centre before taking the ferry across the Firth of Clyde to Arran - the largest of the Clyde Islands. You will spend two nights in the coastal village of Brodick.
Day 2. Today is spent exploring Arran. Travel around the island enjoying the rugged mountains to the North and the rolling hills and pretty villages to the South. The island has a strong heritage dating back as far as the Stone Age - evidence of this can been seen around the island with the many standing stones. The island is best known today for its local produce ranging from whisky, cheese and oatcakes, to Arran Aromatics.
Day 3. Leaving Arran in the morning you take the small ferry onto the Kintyre peninsula. Travelling North you will follow Loch Fyne towards the whitewashed town of Inveraray. From here continue over the dramatic 'Rest and be Thankful' pass before a stop on the "Bonnie Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond.
**this tour can also pick-up/drop off in Glasgow (You can book online then arrange this by telephone or email)
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.
Return to Waterloo Place**
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide.
~Meals and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here
*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!
If you have access problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.
Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.
First time to Arran, thoroughly enjoyed whole experience. Great driver and travelling companions
Mrs Denise Mcgeachie - 13/06/2016
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Full Itinerary (English)
Depart Edinburgh at 08.30 and travel west to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. From here you can see Whitelee Wind Farm, Europe’s largest wind farm generating enough energy to power 180,000 homes. Leaving behind the very modern, we travel into Ayrshire to visit the 18th Century Culzean Castle. The Castle dates from a peaceful time in Scottish history and has been associated with the Kennedy family since the 14th century. Enjoy its dramatic cliff top setting, fine furniture and beautiful architecture by the famous architect Robert Adam. The castle is surrounded by Culzean Country Park which has nearly 600 acres of stunning countryside and paths through majestic woodlands and secluded ponds; it’s a great place to explore. There is a cafe for lunch or you can have a picnic in the castle grounds.
After lunch you head into the heart of Burns Country. Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, was born in Alloway. Travelling towards his birth place you can see many of the places mentioned in his poems and songs. You stop at the recently redeveloped visitor centre in Alloway where you have the opportunity to find out more about this remarkable man. Perhaps his most famous song is ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – sung on New Year’s Eve throughout the world.
You continue to Ardrossan where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran. You arrive into Brodick, the largest village on the island, which offers stunning views over the imposing stature of Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak, and Brodick Bay. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Brodick.
Known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, Arran is alive with wildlife, rugged countryside, beaches, pubs, restaurants and cottage industries. There are many options of how you can spend your time on the island, depending on the weather and your groups’ interest; your driver guide will arrange the best day out for you.
The North of the island is mountainous with the highest point on Arran - Goatfell. Measuring 874m, the name is believed to mean “Mountain of Wind”. The village of Corrie and its neighbouring village of Sannox lie in its shadow and are home to some of the best beaches on the island, inviting you to a leisurely stroll. Here we also find the ruins of Lochranza Castle, as well as Arran Distillery, one of the last remaining independent distilleries in Scotland.
Arran is home to many stone circles and standing stones dating from the Neolithic period and the early Bronze Age. Machrie Moor has six stone circles and some of the stones are over 5 metres high! After exploring this area you travel south through the harbour villages of Blackwaterfoot - with its beautiful beach - Sliddery and Kildonan.
Travelling back to Brodick you can see The Holy Isle across the water, owned by the Samye Ling Buddhist Community, it includes the Centre of World Peace and Health.
You might make a stop at the Arran Cheese shop for a taste of the local cheese or Arran Aromatics, a family owned business, which uses only natural ingredients to produce their luxury toiletries; their products are now famous all over the world.
At Brodick we also 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 and 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 back to the mainland by taking the small ferry running between Lochranza and Claonaig. This short 30 minute crossing will take you onto the Kintyre Peninsula. You travel up this beautiful, lush green peninsula along its coastal road to the charming fishing village of Tarbert. The name Tarbert comes from the Gaelic word tairbeart. – tar meaning "across" and beir meaning "carry". The village sits on the narrowest strip of land between the two bodies of water, forming a natural harbour. In past times ships docked in one loch, their loads were then carried across the peninsula to the other loch where they were reloaded and shipped onwards. This meant the ships avoided having to sail round the dangerous Mull of Kintyre.
From Tarbert you follow Loch Fyne toward the whitewashed village of Inveraray, with some free time to explore this lovely village and have lunch. After lunch you continue over the mountain pass ‘The Rest and be Thankful’. From here it is a short drive to Luss and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond before returning to Edinburgh at 19.15 approximately.
*This tour can also pick up/drop off in Glasgow - please let our sales team know if you would like this option.
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