Only 2 hours away from Glasgow, Arran is the perfect place to visit if you want to escape the city for a few days.
We recently visited for an overnight stay and I was surprised how much we managed cram in during our 24 hours on the Island.
As soon as we got off the ferry we headed in the direction of our of accommodation, The Butt Lodge in Lochranza. On the way we stopped off for lunch in this pretty little village Corrie and if you follow me on Instagram you will know how much I love a cute, little cottage so I was absolutely in my element.
After lunch we quickly checked into the Butt Lodge, parked up the car, dropped off our bags and walked down to the Isle of Arran distillery for the 4 o’clock tour which I had booked in advance incase it was busy. The tour lasted 45 minutes and included 2 tastings. The Arran Gold which is very similar to Baileys was my favourite
Once the tour was finished we walked back to the Lodge for the complimentary tea and cakes (I’m never one to pass up the opportunity of free cake) which we took back to our room so we could chill out before dinner and take advantage of the beautiful views and the peace and quiet. I had booked the castle suite which was a beautiful big room with a four poster bed, a mezzanine and stunning views over the hills and golf course.
Later on that evening we walked down to the Lochranza hotel for dinner and when we walked in we were surprised at how dated the decor was but I’m glad we didn’t let that put us off as the food was delicious so I’m guessing with the food being so good they don’t have to worry about the interiors. On the way home the sun was setting over Lochranza Castle which was really stunning.
After a delicious full Scottish breakfast we checked out and headed down to Lochranza Castle to explore. I’m going to sound like a geek but I just love exploring castle ruins and reading about the history behind them so where ever we go I’m always on the look out for a castle.
Since the sun was shinning a wee trip to the beach was a must and Kildonan beach was a nice surprise, I didn’t expect it to be so sandy. It was also really quiet which was nice as we had the beach to our-self.
Our final stop was in Lamlash where we stopped for lunch before we set off for the boat home. Lamlash was another lovely village with cute little cottages. Can I live here please.
I really loved our our trip to Arran and can’t wait to explore more of Scotland, we really do have the most stunning scenery on our doorstep.