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Holidays on the Isle of Arran

 

Eastkirk holiday cottage in situated in the beautiful seaside village of Corrie on the Isle of Arran.

Ferry services take between 30- 55 minutes from the mainland (depending on the service you choose) and transport you to an area of stunning landscapes, with both windswept beaches and mountains in easy reach.

Looking out over the waters of the Firth of Clyde, Eastkirk offers a tranquil and comfortable yet modern base from which to explore the island. Just up the road, you can taste locally sourced and sustainably fished seafood from the Mara Fish Bar, whose delicious menu changes daily. The area is a wonderful place for seaside walks, birdwashing, fishing and heading up into the mountains.

Corrie sits between the two main villages on the Isle of Arran, Brodick and Lochranza. Brodick is a busy port and home to some of the historical sites on the island, including Brodick Castle and the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum. It’s also where you’ll find great places to eat and shop. If you’re a golfer, you’ll be delighted with the 18 hole course and putting green at Brodick Golf Club.

Lochranza sits to the north island, and is home to Arran’s whisky distillery, where you can take a tour and try a sample! The village’s ruined medieval castle looks out over Loch Ranza and was an inspiration for the author Herge when he was writing Tintin’s adventure to  ‘The Black Island’ in the 1960s.

There are many magnificent sights to see. Marvel at nature’s wonders, such as Ailsa Craig, an island formed from a volcanic plug which is now home to a bird sanctuary featuring gannets and puffins. Gaze into the water at Glen Rosa loch, during a walk around the Goat Fell mountain range.  Wonder at the mysteries of Machrie Moor, an archeological site with standing stones and burial cairns dating between 3500 to 1500 BC. Take a trip to the nearby picturesque Holy Isle, a Centre for World Peace and Health, where you visit for a day, or stay for a personal retreat.

And to take home a reminder of your wonderful stay on this beautiful island, pop into Arran Aromatics in Brodick, where you’ll find a great selection of local, naturally sourced skincare, bath, body and fragrance products.