We booked the Kildonan for one night and were set to stay at Arran's Auchrannie Spa resort for our 2nd and 3rd night. The Kildonan was so fabulous that we ditched the Auchrannie Spa's impersonal and corporate vibe and headed back to the comfort and tranqulity of the Kildonan. Beautifully styled rooms and bathrooms, big comfortable beds, amazing views all provided by very very nice people. Food-wise, the Stone Garden restaurant serves excellent quality food (check out the Crab Salad!!) The restaurant is housed in a lovely modern glass extension which looks out to sea with the island of Pladda and it's lighthouse with Ailsa Craig in the distance. This hotel has everything you could need for a relaxing break and is provided in a professional and personal fashion. Some nice little touches which we appreciated were pre-dinner hors-d'ouvres served with the compliments of the chef, beautiful decor and tiles in the bathrooms, free internet access via 2 PCs in the reception area and best of all, seals basking on the rocks every morning just outside the hotel! This was the first of many stays at Kildonan for us as we will definitely be returning. Forget your big corporate hotel on Arran - Kildonan surpasses that a million times over.....and means it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unwind and forget your troubles at our small, family run hotel. Built in the 17th Century, it is one of the 7th oldest licensed Inns in Scotland and historically a destination that families have aspired to visit for well over 100 years. Perched on the southern-most tip of Arran with panoramic views to die for, the hotel is located right on the seafront, the beach literally stone's throw away. Overlooking the Firth of Clyde we are right in the middle of a unique eco-system with a plethora of wildlife. We have seals basking daily on the rock jetties off-shore, otters feeding and playing on the rocks and gannets diving non-stop through the day. We are also fortunate to have occasional basking sharks and dolphins visiting in the summer months and an array of birds-of-prey including eagles, peregrines, buzzards and more... Pladda Island sits directly across the sound with its recognisable lighthouse and ever changing silhouette playing host to a large colony of seagulls and gannets. And of course the famous Ailsa Craig, 'Paddy's Milestone', a bird sanctuary now but is renowned for its granite which is still used for curling stones today. The interior is fully refurbished, still maintaining some the quaint characteristics of old, while the tasteful addition of extended bistro and lounge area with floor to ceiling windows allow residents and diners to gaze for miles over a cup of tea, breakfast or an evening meal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kildonan Hotel Isle Of Arran