2 Day Tour – Arran

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Duration

2 days

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16

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5+

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Overview

“Scotland in Miniture”

We are going on a journey to the captivating Isle of Arran, often referred to as "Scotland in miniature." This name stems from the island's ability to encompass all the beloved aspects of mainland Scotland. From red squirrels to majestic stags roaming the forests to castles, beaches, whiskies, local beers, ales, and don’t forget its world famous cheeses.

Ayrshire’s west coast

We will make our way to Ardrossan on Scotlands west coast where we will board the Scottish Calmac ferry, bound for Brodick, our first stop on the isle of Arran. Upon arrival, we'll visit a fantastic seaside café, offering breathtaking views of the Ayrshire coast. Here, you can indulge in a delectable meal and enjoy a hot or cold drink. A word of advice: the Scottish breakfasts at this café are absolutely divine, with generous portions and mouthwatering haggis—truly an experience not to be missed.

Brodick Castle

Once you have had an amazing breakfast we will continue up the coast to the famous Brodick castle. It sits at the foot of Arran’s highest mountain ‘Goatfell, which stands at 874m (2867ft). The castle that we see today was built in 1510 with the walled garden being completed 200 years later in 1710. The castle is made up of a beautiful Red sandstone not the usual brown/grey stone that you would perhaps expect.

Famous Arran Cheese

The Isle of Arran is famous for its cheese world wide, the whole world has heard of this symbolic cheese, with so many different flavours and varieties, which one’s will you try? Perhaps them all! When we are here there is also a famous place next door that sells fragrances of Arran in the form of soaps, shower gels, bathbombs etc. These are some of the nicest things you will ever smell. They are really good!

Lamlash

We arrive in the largest village on the island for a lunch stop, there are a good few places here that will be sure to whet your appetite, all within walking distance of each other. You will definitely get to try some amazing Scottish cuisine!

Drumadoon

This is the largest and oldest Iron Age fort on the island dating back 10000 years when its first visitors would have arrived and lived, hunted, farmed and worshipped here.

Lagg Whisky distillery

We now have a chance to visit one of only 2 whisky distillery’s on Arran, did you that the Isle of Arran distillers is the only whisky brand in the world allowed to use his name and image on their bottles? Robert Burns was born in Alloway, a stone’s throw away from the west coast of Scotland where he could of looked over and saw Arran.

Accommodation

Day 1 comes to a close, we will head back to your accommodation where you can relax and get your dinner and a nice pint of Arran’s own beer or a wee dram of Whisky. You may even decide to go and see more of your surrounds with a beach walk, it’s truly beautiful, you won’t want to stay in!

Included/Excluded

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach
  • Bottled water
  • Air Filtration system onboard
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide
  • Laughs along the way
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments)

Tour Plan

Trip Details

Check-in at 7:45am - Pick up, everyone to be on bus

The Check in Location is outside of Citizen M hotel at 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW

Departure time 8am

Bus leaves at this time, so make sure you are here 15 minutes before, that way you’ll get your pick of seats and if you sit close to the driver you’ll get aw the banter. The patter. (The laugh and jokes).

End of tour 7pm (Approx).

Late Arrivals

In the event that you are running late PLEASE give us a call and let us know, If we don't hear from you by 6:50am, we will attempt to call you, (we really don't want you to miss your tour). If by 7am you haven't arrived we will have to leave and you won't be refunded. (Please be on time) so that we can all have a Craicin Tour.

Children

We do not carry passengers under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

What's included in the price

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach.
  • Bottled water.
  • Air Filtration system onboard. (WEBASCO or similar).
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide.
  • A very warm welcome and many laughs and stories along the way.

What's not included in the price

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Lunch.
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments).

Recommended items to bring on the tour with you

  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Warm Clothing (You can always take layers off if it's too hot).
  • Comfortable shoes/boots for rough wet terrain.
  • Good comfortable socks.
  • Sun Screen (Recommended SPF30 (UVB) with 4 star UVA protection).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera/Smart Phone. (So that you will always remember your day with us).
  • Cash. (Most places take card but it's handy to have cash too).

Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Tour highlights

  • Brodick castle - A  Victorian castle made from beautiful red sandstone with incredible gardens surrounding it. 
  • Goatfell - This is Arrans highest point sitting at 878m (2867ft), it has Brodick Castle sitting at the foot of the mountain along with Arran’s beer distillery.
  • Arran cheese shop (World famous) - Renowned from all over the world don’t miss your chance to snap some up, with loads of different varieties on offer the hardest decision will be what ones to pick.
  • Arran Aromatics - If you like having a good aroma about you then head in here, they have got soaps, shampoos, body lotions for all ages there will be lots in here that you’ll love.
  • Drumadoon point (The Doon) - Just north of Blackwaterfoot lies this 1800 year old Iron Age fort, it is the largest of its kind on the island.
  • Lagg Whisky distillery - This is the biggest distillery on the island 
  • Machrie moor (Standing stones) - This rich archaeological area has got stone circles, standing stones, burial cairns and cists, all dating to between 3500 and 1500 BC.
  • Tarbert - A small fishing village in Argyll and Bute which has it’s very own castle with links to Robert the Bruce.
  • Inveraray - The chief of the clan Campbell’s residence in the castle and home to a 19th century jail, this town on the banks of Loch Fyne is stunning, wait till you see the castle.
  • Loch Lomond - It is the largest fresh water Loch in Scotland by Area and is named after the prominent mountain Ben Lomond which stares down onto the the Loch.

Itinerary

DAY 1

We start the day heading for the Isle of Arran, ’Scotland in miniature’. 

It’s called this  because it contains everything that’s loved in the mainland of Scotland. It’s got Red squirrels, big stags in the forests, castles, beach’s, whisky’s, local beers and ales and so much more.

We will head to Ardrossan from Glasgow to catch the Calmac ferry over to Brodick our first stop on Arran. Once we get off the ferry we will head to a brilliant little café looking onto the seafront and you can grab a bite and get a hot or cold drink, just a heads up the Scottish breakfasts in here are to die for, they are amazing, it’s definitely a good place to try haggis along with your breakfast and they’re not shy on their portions.

After we get refreshed and fed we will head to Brodick castle which sits in a wooded area at the foot of Arrans highest mountain ‘Goatfell, which is 874m (2867ft).

Once we’ve enjoyed the castle we will stop at another must see place, the world famous Arran cheese shop and the Sense of Scotland by Arran Aromatics. We will have a short time here before we head for another bite or a scran (Lunch) as they call it in Scotland.

We will now head onto the biggest village on the island for our lunch at one of the many delicious restaurants or cafés, there is no shortage in places to choose from. You will get a island brewed beer too or a whisky if you like also, there will be loads of the restaurants selling these local beverages.

After our lunch we will head for the little fishing village of Blackwaterfoot and get off the bus to go and explore the largest Iron Age fort on the island at Drumadoon point which is said to be around 1800 years old.

Once we’ve seen the Drumadoon point Iron Age fort we will head south down to Lagg where one of Arran’s two Whisky distillery’s sit, Lagg is the bigger of the two, we will go in and see how the Lagg whisky is made from start to finish using locally sourced water, once we have done the tour you will have time to look round the gift shop and buy bottles of the good stuff if you like.

When we leave the distillery after an amazing tour we will head back to your chosen digs for the night, we can either go the quick way or the coastal route which is only another 10 or so minutes longer, I’d recommend the coastal route, its beautiful.

Once we drop you off at your digs we will arrange what time we will pick you up in the morning outside your hotel/B&B. Have a wonderful night and get ready for even more adventures the next day.

DAY 2

Good morning from us at Craicin Tours its time for another adventure.

Once everyone’s been picked up after a belter (Brilliant) of a nights sleep we will head to the Machrie Moor, a rich archeological landscape which has standing stones, stone circles, burial cairns and cists dating between 2500 - 4500 years old. There were older timber circles on the same sites that were used for religious reasons. There are cremations and burials located in the circles.

Once we leave Machrie Moor we will head up to Lochranza for the Calmac ferry to the mainland at Claonaig.

When we reach Claonaig we will head to a small fishing village called Tarbert for lunch, there is an amazing café that sells hot food, drinks, cakes, ice cream and is right near the waters edge.

Once we’ve had our Scran (Food) we will head to Inveraray a small village on the edge of Loch Fyne, when we get here it’s your choice where you want to visit, we can take you to the castle or the jail or if you’re just wanting to relax and go into the shops that’s fine too. There’s whisky shops if you want to buy a bottle of the good stuff.

Once we leave Inveraray we are heading for a town called Luss on another famous Loch, Luss is right on the ”Bonnie Bonnie” banks of Loch Lomond Scotland‘s largest fresh water Loch (Largest by area). We will stay here for a little while to get refreshments and see the Loch up close before getting on the bus and heading back to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, where our driver will take you back to the drop off point.

You can ask your guide for information on our other exciting tours we have to offer.

Remember, we also create bespoke tours to suit your needs where we will work together with you to get your perfect unforgettable tour.

Tour highlights

  • Brodick castle -  A Victorian castle made from beautiful red sandstone with incredible gardens surrounding it.
  • Goatfell - This is Arrans highest point sitting at 878m (2867ft), it has Brodick Castle sitting at the foot of the mountain along with Arran’s beer distillery.
  • Arran cheese shop (World famous) - Renowned from all over the world don’t miss your chance to snap some up, with loads of different varieties on offer the hardest decision will be what ones to pick.
  • Arran Aromatics - If you like having a good aroma about you then head in here, they have got soaps, shampoos, body lotions for all ages there will be lots in here that you’ll love.
  • Drumadoon point (The Doon) - Just north of Blackwaterfoot lies this 1800 year old Iron Age fort, it is the largest of its kind on the island.
  • Lagg Whisky distillery - This is the biggest distillery on the island
  • Machrie moor (Standing stones) - This rich archaeological area has got stone circles, standing stones, burial cairns and cists, all dating to between 3500 and 1500 BC.
  • Tarbert - A small fishing village in Argyll and Bute which has it’s very own castle with links to Robert the Bruce.
  • Inveraray - The chief of the clan Campbell’s residence in the castle and home to a 19th century jail, this town on the banks of Loch Fyne is stunning, wait till you see the castle.
  • Loch Lomond - It is the largest fresh water Loch in Scotland by Area and is named after the prominent mountain Ben Lomond which stares down onto the the Loch.

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