Isle of Arran Hiking Break in Scotland – Mountains, Coast & Glens

Scotland in miniature with stunning mountains, coastline and villages

Isle of Arran Hiking Break in Scotland – Mountains, Coast & Glens

£320.00

Dates: Fri 14th Sept to Tue 18th Sept, 2018

The Isle of Arran is often described as Scotland in miniature and this Arran hiking break will explore the best it has to offer. It has many mountains typical of the best of the Scottish highlands and areas of lowland with rolling hills, all wrapped up and surrounded by the glistening sea.  It is also quite easy to get to from Glasgow and we will be offering a convenient transfer direct from the airport to our Hostel in the lovely fishing village of Lochranza.

The hostel is in a lovely quiet location in the village of Lochranza and overlooks the castle and harbour.  The village even has its own well known and exceptional whisky distillery and we will be offering an optional tour, for those wanting to see how this world famous drink is produced and maybe take a sampling or two.

The great granite ridges of Arran may be lower in stature than those in the Highlands, but they are the equal of any mountains in Scotland for sheer grandeur. The coastline has some superb scenery and a wonderful outlook, whether towards Ayrshire or to Kintyre and the island itself is packed with history and human interest, from the ancient standing stones on Machrie Moor to the modern-day Buddhist retreat on Holy Island.

Note: The price is inclusive of minibus transfer to and from Glasgow airport, ferry, all transfers to the start & finish of walks on the island, accommodation, guiding and all meals except two dinners.

9 Places Available

Trip Extras


SKU: MH150918

Description

This Arran hiking break is the perfect opportunity to get  away from city life and enjoy a few days of great hiking amongst some of the West coast of Scotland’s finest scenery.  There is the chance to see a variety of wildlife and some fantastic high and low level hiking in wonderful surroundings. Arran is sometimes described as Scotland in Miniature and it is an island with a huge amount to offer, packed into a small space.

Aran hiking break brodick

The Isle of Arran, in Scotland, is one of the most southerly of Scottish islands and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide but has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes.  The pretty villages on Arran’s beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south.

Arran hiking break mountain view

Isle of Arran hiking break accommodation

Our accommodation is a winner of the prestigious Green Tourism Business Goldstar Award 2011, and is ranked as one of the UKs top ten greenest businesses. Lochranza Hostel offers excellent group accommodation, a spacious self-catering kitchen and lounge with extensive views of the Loch and hills.

The Hostel is situated on the banks of Loch Ranza, opposite a 13th-century ruined castle in beautiful countryside.  The youth hostel garden is a great spot to watch wildlife, including red deer, red squirrel, grey seals, otters and golden eagles.

Arran hiking break lochranza hostelArran hiking break lochranza castle

Lochranza distillery is 5 minutes walk from our Hostel is arguably the best in Scotland, and utilises the smooth water that trickles into the glen. After our walk on Sunday, we have reserved a slot on one of the popular tours of the distillery to learn how Scotland’s most famous drink is made and enjoy a sampling.

You can learn more about where we are staying and the village of Lochranza on undiscovered Scotland here.

Hiking

During the Arran hiking break we will hike to the summit of Goat fell, the highest peak on the island, giving spectacular views of the other mountains, glens and coastline.  We will also take in a beautiful coastal walk along the north east coast of the island which gives wonderful views out to sea and the mainland, Our final full day walk is a spectacular glen walk taking us through two of the islands most beautiful glens and the main route between the highest mountains.  On our departure day we still have time for a morning walk to the mystical and atmospheric standing stones at Machrie and a final short coastal walk.

Arran hiking standing stones

Our Arran hiking break is an extended weekend of four days hiking giving us a great opportunity to get to know this beautiful island.

Read our Blog Post here of our September 2017 Isle of Arran Hiking Trip.

There is such a great variety of hikes to choose from we are truly spoilt for choice.  However, we have chosen three walks which we feel show the scenic variety of the island and offer a good mix of challenge and scenery.

Saturday – Goat fell summit from Corrie
Distance: 7 miles
Height gain: 874m
We take a bus transfer to the village of Corrie and then head up a well marked track through the glen, until we reach the ridge of Goat Fell.  The path now becomes steeper and more rocky and some easy scrambling is required in order to reach the summit.  We descend by a different route to the small town of Brodick.

Goat Fell Arran hiking break mountain view

Sunday – Coastal walk around the Cock of Arran
Distance: 9 miles
Height gain: 150m
We again take a bus transfer to the start of our walk at Sannox, where we then follow the coastal path north all the way to our hostel.  This a fine coastal walk with great scenery throughout and interesting rock formations on the way.

arran hiking coastal walk Arran coast view

Monday – Glen Sannox to Glen Rosa
Distance: 10 miles
Height gain: 550m
We get dropped off at Sannox to start our hike through two of Arran’s finest Glens. This is a fairly straightforward walk on mostly good paths, but with some short scrambling over the saddle which separates the glens.   The saddle separates the two highest mountains on Arran, so we get great views of the rocky summits as well as great scenery lower down the Glens.

arran hiking break glen walk

Tuesday – Standing stones of Machrie and coastal walk to the Kings Cave
Distance: 5 miles
Height gain: 50m
We take a short hike to visit the standing stones which are in a great position surrounding by the high mountains.  Its a wonderful and atmospheric location and the stones date back to Neolithic times and make a great photo opportunity as well.  We then return to the coast to make a hike to visit the Kings cave, which was a hiding place for Robert the Bruce and is set in spectacular cliffs.

Arran hiking standing stones

Note: The walks schedule may be changed depending on weather conditions at the time.

As winner of the prestigious Green Tourism Business Goldstar Award 2011, Lochranza Youth Hostel is ranked as one of the UKs top ten greenest businesses. Lochranza Youth Hostel offers excellent hiking accommodation for groups with private rooms, a spacious self-catering kitchen and two lounges available.  For this hiking break, we have private dormitory style rooms sleeping no more than 4.  We also have two twin ensuite rooms and these are available at a supplement of £35 per person for the trip.

Arran hiking break lochranza hostel

Lochranza Youth Hostel is situated on the banks of Loch Ranza, opposite a 13th-century ruined castle in beautiful countryside.

Arran hiking break lochranza castle

The youth hostel is also located on the Cock of Arran trail, which provides a beautifully scenic low level trek. The youth hostel garden is a great spot to watch wildlife, including red deer, red squirrel, grey seals, otters and golden eagles. Lochranza Youth Hostel benefits from a great bus connection and the bus stop is only 5 minutes walk away. A nearby distillery to Lochranza Youth Hostel is arguably the best in Scotland, and utilises the smooth water that trickles into the glen.

Deer in Lochranza Arran

This is a link to the trip advisor page for Lochranza Hostel.

This is the link to the SYHA website for the hostel.

Friday
16:30 Pick up from Glasgow airport & transfer to Ardrossan Harbour
18:00 Ferry to Brodick on Arran
18:55 Arrive on Arran and transfer to Lochranza Hostel
19:45 Approx check-in at Hostel
20:30 Home cooked dinner at the hostel

Saturday
08:00 Breakfast
09:45 Depart for Goat Fell walk
16:00 Approximate arrival in Brodick from our walk
16:30 Drinks and dinner arranged in a local pub (not inc in price)
19:00 Return from Brodick to our hostel in Lochranza

Sunday
08:00 Breakfast
09:30 Depart for full day coastal walk
15:30 Return from coastal walk
16:00 Optional Whisky distillery tour (not inc in price)
19:00 Home cooked dinner at the hostel

Monday
08:00 Breakfast
9:30 Depart for full day glen walk
16:30 Approx. arrival in Brodick for end of hike refreshment
17:30 Return transfer from Brodick to hostel
19:00 Dinner at a local traditional Scottish restaurant offering locally caught fish and Scottish game (not inc in price)

Tuesday
07:30 Breakfast
09:00 Depart for 1/2 day walk to standing stones & coastal walk
13:30 Transfer to Brodick for ferry
15:15 Ferry to Ardrossan
16:15 Minibus transfer for Glasgow Airport
17:15 Arrive Glasgow Airport

Note: The transfer to and from Glasgow airport and Ardrossan harbour will be by private minibus.  All local transfers on the island will either be by private minibus or by local public bus.

Total cost for the 4 night break £320
Note: This is inclusive of return transfer from Glasgow airport to the Hostel.  The transfer includes return travel from Glasgow airport to Ardrossan Ferry, the Ferry crossing, transfer from ferry to hostel, plus all local transport to the start and end of walks.

Twin ensuite supplement : £35 per person
We anticipate these will get booked first, so please book early
(4 places available : please check if this is available before booking – ideal if you are coming with a friend or your partner.  Also available for people coming on their own and we will pair you up with another person of the same sex)

Small group size : 16

To book, click add to basket, to pay your deposit of £70.

The balance will be due 8 weeks before the start of the break, and you should arrange a bank transfer for this.

Bank details are below :

Bank Account     Mountain Hikes
Sort Code            40 40 01
Account No         02406950 (please quote ‘Arran’ plus your name)

Your place is only confirmed once full payment is received.

Included: Guided walks on all days, dinner on two days, breakfast and packed lunch on all days and accommodation in private bunk rooms sleeping no more than 4 each room, return transfer from Glasgow airport to the Ferry, Ferry crossing, transfer from ferry to hostel, plus all local transport to the start and end of walks.

Not included: Two evening dinners when we will eat in a local pub/ restaurant, Travel to Scotland, airport transfer (unless taken with transfer option), whisky distillery tour £6 approx

Getting There

Travel to the village of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran is via Glasgow airport, then minibus pickup at 16:30 to the ferry port at Ardrossan.  The ferry lands at Brodick on Arran, where we will arrange another group pickup to the hostel.

Transfer from the airport to Ardrossan takes about 45 minutes, the ferry crossing takes about 55 minutes and then the transfer from Brodick to Lochranza takes 40 minutes.

Suggested flights are not yet confirmed at time of writing, so we will add this when confirmed.  However flights to Glasgow are frequent and available from many airports and airlines.

You are free to travel to Glasgow airport by whatever transport you wish but the group pick up will leave promptly at 16:30, so please ensure you are scheduled to arrive no later than 15:30 to allow for luggage collection and minor delays.

Virgin trains also operate a service direct from Euston to Glasgow where you can then transfer to the airport for pick up.

We can only offer one group transfer from the airport and it will leave promptly at 16:30 in order to catch the ferry crossing at 18:00.

Note: The price is inclusive of minibus transfer to and from Glasgow airport, ferry, all transfers to the start & finish of walks on the island.

Suggested Outward Flight Fri 14/09
We are not suggesting or recommending flights for this trip, as there are so many ways to travel and reach Glasgow.

Getting back

The return mini bus transfer will arrive at Glasgow airport at 17:15.  We therefore recommend you book a return flight departing after 19:15.

Suggested Return Flight : Tue 18/09
Again we are not suggesting or recommending flights apart from the time of flight departure.

 

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