Tue 9th May 2023
- Sun 14th May 2023
In 2023 we want to explore the wildness of Scotland a little more - to do some reviving walks and be by the sea. This time to Arran which is well know by our guide Jo. She is passionate about sharing what the island has to offer - dramatic mountains, woodlands,beaches and a great place to see wildlife. Our hotel is a local women run hotel.
Dates: Tuesday May 9th to Sunday May 14th 2023 5 nights and 4 full days of walking
Guide: Jo Bird who has led WalkingWomen holidays here for years
Walking Grade: 2 Goats with walks between 5-8 miles. Some hills which will be walked at a very steady pace with time to admire the views. We will be taking footpaths which can be uneven, but generally easy terrain to navigate.
Base:Dunvegan House Guest House, Brodick Bay just a short walk from the ferry terminal.
Getting there – We recommend the CalMac ferry for Arran which leaves from Ardrossan and arrives in Brodick. It takes approximately 55 minutes. The trains run from Glasgow central station so connect easily with services from London and other major cities. Cars can be parked at the ports. Foot passengers have little difficulty obtaining tickets on these large ferries, but if you plan to take your car you must ensure that you book well in advance.
- Solo occupancy room in ensuite accommodation.
- All Breakfasts at the hotel
- Packed lunches on 5 days
- Experienced guiding
- Local travel required for walks
Rooms are twins or double for solo occupancy or can be shared if you bring a partner/friend.
- Travel to Arran
- Evening meals in local restaurants which your guide will organise with you to eat as a group.
- Drinks not included above
This is a lovely time to visit Arran And your guide Jo loves the Island and usually leads holidays there twice a year. She says that it is impossible to get bored of Arran, the scenery is stunning and incredibly varied, and there are walks for everyone – gentle strolls to intrepid mountain climbs!
We stay at the cosy Dunvegan House Guest House in Brodick Bay, just a short walk from the ferry terminal. The guest house has fabulous sea views over Brodick Bay and the dramatic mountain ridge of Goatfell. Walking Women have been using Dunvegan House for several years and it is always a popular place to stay. Brodick has the bus terminal for the island, has a number of shops and the main supermarket for the island.
Arran is the most accessible of the Scottish islands, being the most southerly and having a relatively large population.
The Isle of Arran has a little of everything – a high and dramatic mountain range, gentle fields, woodlands, beaches and lovely seascapes. It is also a great place to see wildlife such as golden eagles, otters, seals and red squirrels, though sightings can never be guaranteed! There is a good bus network which we will use to see various different places – from wild Lochranza with its castle ruins and distillery, Lamlash with its views out to Holy Island, the beautiful beach of Kildonan where seals are often basking on the rocks, and to Brodick Castle gardens.
May is a perfect time of year to visit the island, the spring wild flowers will be out and midges will be avoided! The walks will be taken at a leisurely pace so there is plenty of time to admire the views and visit some local cafes!