We travelled to this hotel for a wedding over the May bank holiday. The view as we approached from the cliff was Exquisite with the sea coming up against the hotel and the light house off on a nearby rock. The Car park area was not much but the bar, used by the locals and local campsite was welcoming and served good quality bar food. We were shown to our room on the ground floor (room 16) a suite with a communal patio. There we had a pleasant Gin & tonic in the evening sun, looking out across the bay. In the evening there was live music in the bar and a good old fashioned highland atmosphere. The bed was comfortable if a bit restrictive walking around. The suite area had a two seater settee , coffee table and large scene TV. The bathroom was sufficient but standing in the bath to shower was restrictive. The standard of the room was fine good 3star. However note that mobile phones could not get a signal.
That night we ate in the restaurant, with a grand view of the bay and the light house. Not sure where some of the other reviews were seated but the views for us were fine. Good food however the servings were on the large side. Pleasant surroundings, good food and a lovely spring sun set (Too cold to go outside however).
The next day, we got up and walked about 2 miles into the nearby village and then to the further bay. We stopped at the two waterfalls and then on the rocks to view the Seals at close quarters. We got to about 40 feet away before they worried about our presence. Some great photos.
On the Saturday afternoon, we attended the wedding. Go traditional Scottish wedding, outside in the purpose built Gazebo. The sun came out and this made for a great event. Then pictures on the lawn with the fantastic views behind. Truly a lovely place for our friends to start their married life together. Back to the restaurant for the wedding breakfast. 60+ guests and a choice of three for each course. Then delivered hot, on time and together. I have been to many large gathering before were there has been no choice and service at different times. Not here, all served together and plenty of choice, vegetarian, meat dishes, fish of course. Well done the Chilean Chef. A band in the evening from Glasgow as there is not much choice on the island. However most people would not dream of coming here for nightlife.
On the Sunday we walked up Goat Fell to work of the full Scottish Breakfasts, kippers or porridge. Again a delight.
All in all, not a fine dining venue or 5 star; but a very pleasant stay overlooking some beautiful beaches, good sunsets and a slow romantic gathering for a great wedding venue. Always made better for the couple when 60 friends and family can witness the ceremony and have a great stay at the same time. £100 a night B&B (in or view worth every penny).
- 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