Spent most enjoyable and relaxing 2 nights at Auchrannie. Service was very good in general and in particular at Brambles where we dined both nights- wait staff were excellent-( cheerful, warm and funny)- as was the food (simply delicious). Had good breakfasts at Cruize and one lunch there, but food not as good as Brambles. Our room on the ground floor had a lovely view toward Goatfell and was quite spacious and was very clean. There were the sounds of people running around at night in the room above us as we tried to sleep which was not so good, but it didn't happen the second night after we mentioned it to reception. We used both pools at Auchrannie- the one in the spa resort got pretty crowded, so next time we went to the hotel pool which was nearly empty. The hotel pool is much deeper than the spa resort pool, so if you have young children it may not be so good for them. Both pools were very clean. We also hired an indoor tennis court and had a lot of fun with a bit of hit and giggle.
Arran itself is a very beautiful place. We visited Lamlash which on the day we went was bathed in sunlight and was so pretty. We had lunch at a pub there, the name I sadly can't remember but the food was very good and the locals so friendly- they helped my husband work out where some of his family had lived on the island and knew of them.My husband offered to buy them a beer as thanks but they wouldn't hear of it and wished us a great trip. We then though we could drive around the island but as we went further unto the hills a fog descended and made things a bit tricky on the narrow roads- and it is much further than you think! We gave up on the idea and returned to Lamlash. Brodick Castle is lovely and is staffed by incredibly friendly and knowledgeable guides who were happy to chat and share their experiences. Also a very nice gift shop at the castle too. Brodick is a pretty town also with lovely gift shops.
If you have time and depending on which ferry you are catching from Ardrossan, there is a very good Italian restaurant just near the ferry terminal, called I think, Cechinni's. Great food and service.
We really enjoyed Auchrannie and Arran and would recommend both!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of the beautiful isle of Arran lies the multi-award winning, family owned Auchrannie Resort. Auchrannie now consists of two four star hotels; the romantic and relaxing ‘House Hotel’ catering for couples and those wanting a more intimate experience whilst the contemporary ‘Spa Resort’ is popular with families and those prefer a more modern feel to their surroundings. In addition, the resort features 30 five-star self-catering lodges (sleeping up to 8 in total luxury and therefore perfect for the extended family), 3 outstanding, award winning restaurants and bars, 2 leisure centres both with pools, destination spa featuring treatments by ESPA and Ishga and an outdoor adventure centre. Arran is Scotland’s most accessible islands, often referred to as "Scotland in Miniature” due to the dramatic contrast between the hills and mountains in the north, and sweeping moorlands on the south of the island. A short 55 minute ferry journey off the Ayrshire coast, Arran is easily reachable by those arriving into any of central Scotland’s main airports as well as those travelling by car, train and coach. Whilst many tourists arrive on the island simply to kick back and relax, the island is packed with attractions and sights for visitors of all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auchrannie Hotel Brodick
- Auchrannie Resort Brodick, Isle Of Arran