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Make a holiday cottage on the Isle of Arran your home away from home

The Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, and has grown quite popular with holidaymakers thanks to regular ferry services from the Scottish mainland. The Isle of Arran may be 10 miles wide and 19 miles long, but it has a lot to offer. Its coastline beckons beachcombers, whilst the island’s interior offers a mix of rolling green hills and rugged mountains. Arran has many well-marked trails for walking, cycling, and horse riding and is dotted with idyllic villages and historic ruins that are well worth a visit. HomeAway has numerous holiday cottages on the Isle of Arran that offer a comfortable place to relax in whilst visiting. Most Isle of Arran holiday cottages come with spectacular views of either mountains or the coastline, and a few are located right on the beach. Larger groups and families will be happy to know that spacious holiday homes are available, with some offering up to nine bedrooms. In short, this is the kind of destination where visitors can really get away from it all.

Things to do

-Hiking: Goatfell is the highest mountain on the island at 2,866 ft (874 m). It juts out of the landscape and is easily spotted from all parts of the Isle of Arran. The hike up Goatfell is a challenging one. Those who are up to the task, however, are rewarded with spectacular views of the island. On a clear day, it’s even possible to see the Isle of Jura and the coast of Ireland.

-Sightseeing: Holy Isle is a pretty unusual island just a short ferry ride away from Lamlash, on the east coast, and proves a popular day trip with visitors to Isle of Arran holiday homes. The tiny island is just two miles long and less than a mile wide. It is operated as a Buddhist retreat and welcomes visitors. Visitors to Holy Isle are welcome to take courses at the retreat, or simply explore the island, which doubles as a nature reserve. Eriskay ponies, saanen goats, and soay sheep all roam freely here and are easy to spot.

-Museums: The Arran Heritage Museum is, like all things on the island, just a short drive or walk away from holiday cottages on the Isle of Arran. The museum opened in the late 1970s and is in what used to be a schoolhouse. The heritage museum contains a number of exhibits that focus on Arran’s farming heritage and also provides insight into Bronze and Stone Age artefacts found on the island. The museum is open to visitors daily from 10:30 to 16:30.

-Golf: Golf is popular throughout Scotland, and the Isle of Arran is no exception. Despite its small size, there are seven major golf courses on the island offering both 9 and 18 holes. The island offers a reasonably priced pass that allows golfers to play a round at each of the seven courses. The courses are located all around the island and several are just a stone’s throw away from Isle of Arran holiday cottages. Offering a full range of amenities, golf courses on the island have cafés, shops, and even play areas for children.

-Historical attractions: The Machrie Standing Stones are a famous Neolithic site located on the island. The stones are enormous and stand like upright pillars in the shape of a circle. Archaeologists believe that they date back over 2,500 years and the remnants of timber structures were found around the site in the 1980s. Standing under the shadow of Goatfell, the standing stones are located about an hour’s walk from the main road and are one of the island’s most popular attractions.

Weather on the Isle of Arran

The weather on the Isle of Arran is relatively cool. Summer is the driest and warmest season. High temperatures in the summer hover around the 17°C, but generally do not exceed 20°C. Winter is wet and cool, but snow is relatively rare. It is best to rent a holiday cottage on the Isle of Arran in summer.

Travel to the Isle of Arran

The only way to reach the Isle of Arran is by ferry. Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries services two routes to the island: Ardrossan to Brodick, and Claonaig to Lochranza. The first route is the most popular, as there is a boat train available from Glasgow Central directly to Ardrossan. Both ferries depart several times a day and cost around £10 per passenger and £40 - £60 per vehicle.

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Isle of Arran Cottages - Self Catering Isle of Arran (52)

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    • 3 BR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    Apartment #6104970
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      • 2 BR
      • 2 BA
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      Villa #422623
        • 4 BR
        • 2 BA
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        Cottage #6820385
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          • 3 BR
          • 3 BA
          • Sleeps 6
          House #8160844
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            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
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            Cottage #8174042
              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Cottage #6847624
                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Farmhouse #1651776
                5
                  Excellent! 4.5/5
                  (6 reviews)
                  • 5 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Separate Toilets
                  • Sleeps 12
                  House #413471
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                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                    • 5 BR
                    • 2 BA
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                    Farmhouse #404739
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                      • 3 BR
                      • 1 BA
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                      Cottage #8109787
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                      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Cottage #6844265
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                          • 5 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Separate Toilets
                          • Sleeps 9
                          House #8162248
                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 3 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Cottage #6725813
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
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                              Cottage #6782396
                                • 4 BR
                                • 1 BA
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                                Cottage #1867244
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
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                                  Cottage #8131783
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                                    • 2 BR
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                                    Cottage #1860773
                                      • 2 BR
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                                      Cottage #1858299
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Farmhouse #6560948
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                                        Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                          • 4 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 8
                                          Cottage #6730877
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (7 reviews)
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Cottage #8123903
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                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              Apartment #6904474
                                                • 1 BR
                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                Cottage #1861865
                                                  • 9 BR
                                                  • Separate Toilets
                                                  • Sleeps 25
                                                  Cottage #1862180
                                                  Viewed 58 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    • 4 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                    Farmhouse #852353
                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                      Cottage #1867157
                                                        • 4 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                        Cottage #6725962
                                                          • 4 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                          Cottage #6725963
                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            Cottage #1868056
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                              Cottage #1876065
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                Cottage #6844655
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • Separate Toilet
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                                                                  Cottage #1861669
                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
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                                                                    Cottage #1866812
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                                      Cottage #6866981
                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        Cottage #1986412
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                                          Cottage #6844656
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • Separate Toilets
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                                                                            Cottage #1860325
                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
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                                                                              Cottage #1860073
                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                                Cottage #6720301
                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                                  Cottage #6558296
                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                                    Cottage #1867740
                                                                                      • 6 BR
                                                                                      • 5 BA
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                                                                                      Cottage #6725966
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                                                        Cottage #6725961
                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                                          Cottage #1862955
                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                                            Cottage #6708120
                                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
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                                                                                              Cottage #1867621
                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • Separate Toilet
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                                                                                                Cottage #1861197
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                                                  Cottage #1861775
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (27 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 5 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 10
                                                                                                    Cottage #465074
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                                                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • Separate Toilets
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                                                                                                      Cottage #899036
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Gorgeous Cottage in a great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This beautiful cottage, is not like a holiday cottage, it is like somebody's home. Melanie has really thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We loved everything about Chanel View, we felt really at home there. It was lovely to wake up to a sea view every day - there was even a pair of binoculars to look out to sea. We stayed in the double bedroom on the ground floor, and the bed was extremely comfortable, we both have back problems, so to have a comfy bed was a real bonus to us. There is plenty of hanging space in the really large double wardrobe, and shelves for folded clothes. The kitchen is fully equipped, with everything you could possible need to cook, or even bake..The utility room was ideal for keeping all the dog food, dog towels etc and for feeding the dogs. There is also a very large extra fridge in there with a freezer so plenty of food storage.The cottage is also spotlessly clean and in excellent condition throughout- there was nothing broken or in need of repair. The location of the cottage was great, a walk to the beach or Whiting bay - both in easy reach. I would highly recommend this cottage and hopefully we will be back again. Thank you Melanie for everything.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Brilliant house!!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is a brilliant house for a large party. Big enough to find a quiet space if needed. Stunning views, within walking distance of the shops and a stone's throw from the ferry. Best beds ever!! We will do our best to return. Linda Smith et al
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect Cottage

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We have just returned to Shropshire after a truly wonderful week in Kintyre. Barbreck Cottage is delightful: spacious, clean, very well-equipped and with breath-taking views of Campbeltown Loch, Davaar Island and towards Arran. There is ample room and the cottage is warm and cosy. Sitting around the open fire in the evening was just lovely. Birds galore and the nightly hoot of owls and seeing so many different sea birds was wonderful. Of particular note is the excellent selection of books at Barbreck - local history, literary classics and so much more. It was a perfect library to accompany our holiday. We are already planning our next visit.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016