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    Arran: Scotland in Miniature

    Next Trip(s): 26th Mar | 9th Apr Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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    Region: West Highlands including Knoydart
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Comfort: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 3 Traveller(s) Book
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    Dreaming of visiting somewhere that has it all? If so, this walking trip to the Isle of Arran is for you.

    Blessed with dramatic mountain peaks, gorgeous beaches and a wealth of cultural treasures, Arran is often referred to as a “mini Scotland” and you don’t have to look too hard to see why.
    Join us on a five-day adventure to this incredible island, hiking each day with your expert Wilderness Scotland guide who will lead and inspire you. Discover more about its rich history and culture by visiting a number of unique locations such as Holy Isle – a centre for world peace and health. Enjoy a variety of spectacular, and sometimes challenging hiking, including standing atop of the islands highest point and traversing the ever-changing coastlines.

    Relax in handpicked accommodation, beautifully situated in the characterful village of Brodick and enjoy delicious local produce in the evening to celebrate each days unique adventure.

    Trip Highlights

    • Hiking up to the summit of the highest peak on the island
    • Immersing in heritage and history of this fantastic island
    • Enjoy some beautiful coastal scenery and views across to Ireland
    • Soak up the wilderness away from the crowds

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - The King's Cave

    Meet your guide in Glasgow this morning before heading west and enjoying a scenic ferry across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran. On arrival, we’ll enjoy a stop for lunch before heading over to the west coast of the island for our first walk to the historic King’s Cave. Legend has it this is where Robert the Bruce had his famed encounter with a spider. Enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery with stunning views of the Kintyre peninsula before returning to civilisation and arriving at your welcoming accommodation, set in the picturesque village of Brodick. (L, D)

    Walk Details: 4.75km / 3 miles | approx. 2 hours

    Day 2 - Up and Over the Saddle

    After a relaxing breakfast this morning, we’ll transfer north a short distance and begin today’s adventure. Meandering our way through the heather carpeted valley of Glen Sannox we’ll follow the burn upstream where we are met with a steep climb out of the glen with a little scramble towards “The Saddle” – the perfect spot for lunch. Shouldered by dramatic mountains and tumbling waterfalls, we’ll begin our descent into Glen Rosa, a gentle walk with the distinctive peak of Goatfell watching over us. This remote walk offers stunning views and provides us with a great chance to look out for some of the local wildlife including red deer. (B, L)

    Walk Details: 15 km / 9.3 miles | approx. 6 hours

    Day 3 - The Holy Isle

    A few miles off the west coast of Scotland, sheltered by Arran, lies the Holy Isle: a small island with a far-reaching spiritual heritage that dates back to the 6th century. After a relaxing breakfast this morning we’ll step out and make our way along the coast to the small village of Lamlash. From here, we’ll take a short ferry crossing to the island and enjoy a series of walks, circumnavigating this beautiful and spiritual sanctuary. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy an intimate tour of the Isle of Arran Brewery. Absorb the sights and smells of this traditional beer-making process and enjoy a taste of some of the finest beers on the market today. (B, L)

    Walk Details: 6.75 km / 4.25 miles | approx 3.5 hours

    Day 4 - Arran's High Points

    Today we set off into the hills to summit the highest peak on the Island – Goatfell. Starting from the village of Corrie, we’ll enjoy a wonderfully scenic walk through forests and across open moorland before beginning the main part of the ascent. The push to the summit can be a little challenging but the views you are rewarded with from the top make it all worthwhile. The impressive granite ridges of the neighbouring Arran peaks stand tall above the skyline, while the surrounding panoramic views stretch all the way to Ireland on a clear day. Upon completing our descent, we’ll reward ourselves with a mouthwatering afternoon tea at Brodick Castle, the perfect way to celebrate a spectacular day in the hills. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 8km / 5 miles | approx 6 hours

    Day 5 - Brodrick Bay & Departure

    Taking things easy on our final morning we’ll set off from our accommodation for a circular walk along the tranquil shores of Brodick Bay. Upon reaching the entrance to Brodick Castle, we’ll begin to loop back around on a series of inland paths and impossibly quiet country lanes, stopping off for a visit to Arran Aromatics and the Isle of Arran Cheese Company. With a tasty souvenir in our pockets, we’ll head to the ferry terminal, arriving back to Glasgow this afternoon around 2pm. (B, L)

    Walk details: 8km / 5 miles | approx 6 hours

    Wilderness Walking
    Arran: Scotland in Miniature

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    What's Included

    Accommodation Read More

    On this trip, we stay in a boutique hotel with fantastic views across Lamlash Bay toward the Holy Isle – one of island’s most beautiful locations. Know throughout Scotland for its warm and stylish ambience, this 13-bedroom hotel opened in 1849 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2008, winning plenty of accolades.

    Single Rooms
    For solo travellers: Accommodation is based on sharing a twin room with another solo traveller of the same gender. A limited number of rooms for single occupancy are on a first come, first served basis, subject to a single supplement of £220. Please enquire for availability.

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    Breakfast and lunch are included each day along with dinner on your first and last evening.

    On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group, however, if you prefer to make alternative arrangements you are welcome to do so. The guide will make group reservations each evening and you will likely eat at the accommodation at least once.

    Inclusions Read More

    This trip includes the following:

    • 4 nights accommodation in a beautiful boutique hotel
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
      (Meals indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • Boat trip to Holy Isle
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable Guide/Driver throughout
    • All transport throughout the trip starting and ending in Glasgow
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    Arrival Info

    • Your guide will meet you at Glasgow Queen Street Station under the departures board at 11am on Day 1 of your trip

    Departure Info

    • You will be returned to Glasgow Queen Street Station by 2pm on the final day of your trip
    • If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

    Speak to an Expert

    Rachael Gavan

    Rachael is a true gem and we regularly receive feedback thanking her for designing inspiring itineraries and for being such a pleasure to chat to. In many cases the people Rachael designs tailor-made trips for, actually become friends with and she’s had more than one invite to far off lands as a result. Rachael has always championed Arran as an incredible destination to visit in Scotland, driving her to design this itinerary shows off the best of the island known as ‘Scotland in miniature’.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Blue Graded Walking Holidays

    Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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