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“Unique, Artistic, Beautiful, Tasteful”
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Castlekirk
Ranked #2 of 5 Lochranza B&B and Inns
Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Unique, Artistic, Beautiful, Tasteful”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Castle Kirk could well serve as the proper way to renovate an old building to serve a new purpose. It is an old church, and when you step inside, it feels and looks like an old church. There is nothing quite so disappointing than to go into a fine old Victorian home, only to find what looks like a modern hotel interior. We generally like old buildings for their architecture, inside and out. Vicki has done a wonderful job of making things modern and convenient whilst not stripping away the feel of being in a quaint old building. The rooms have odd shapes due to the fact that you are in a cathedral shaped space, but what else would you expect? :-) The original plank floors on the ground level are gorgeous, and the artwork displayed gives the whole interior a gallery feel. Our room has a skylight and the top of one of the original building's cathedral windows. The bathroom is large (careful if you are tall), and the hot water is provided by what we have become accustomed to in old buildings without central water heaters, which is an on demand heater called a Mira Sport (look it up). In this case though, it works properly, not freezing you one minute and scalding you the next. The surrounding are to die for. New England would love to add this coastline to its repertoire. The villages are charming, and Vicki referred us to one of the finest restaurants we have ever eaten in - period. It's called Stag's pavilion, and you never would have guessed that they serve up fresh local seafood, game and lamb in Italian style. Your host, Vicki is a very friendly person, ad knowledgeable of the island. In every way we have enjoyed our stay at Castle Kirk.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jarvenpaa, Finland
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Wow, what a place, almost a heaven in earth. One can not expect more for having a memorable vacation. We got so excellent service none can imagine, even Scottie (the15 year old cat) was taking us as a family members.

We spend six nights here while exploring the Isle of Arran: Loch- na -Davie walk, Distillery, Waterfalls in Whiting Bay, Machie Moore and Feary Dail walks and Brodick castle .

We would like to recommend this awesome B&B hosted by Vicky for everyone who wants something special.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boise, Idaho, United States
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

This was our second stay at Castlekirk, and was a destination because of our experience there 8 years ago. Vicki continues to make the place as magical, peaceful, stimulating, and memorable as the surrounding environs. The rooms were more comfortable than home, the art gallery and breakfast room inspiring, and the breakfast is hands down the best I've had in the UK. Better than all of this, though, is the loving spirit of hospitality she conveys in such a graceful way. My wife and I both wish we lived on Arran so we could get to know her better. She is a rare person and Castlekirk reflects that.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at Castlekirk B&B. After a long days hike we arrived to a friendly greeting and a cozy upstairs room, with a nice nook to sit and relax in and look out at the view of the castle and town. It was once a church and was beautifully restored- the dining area where you have breakfast is absolutely stunning. The artwork that fills the building is varied and beautiful. Everything was spotless and cozy and breakfast was delicious. We had to share a bathroom, but since we were the only people in the B&B that evening, we had the place to ourselves. The hostess was friendly and there were so many interesting old books and things to read for a rainy day. Wonderfully unique place to stay. Enjoyed our stay thoroughly.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wurzburg, Germany
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Castlekirk B&B is a converted church. We had the 3 rooms under the roof (double room, twin and single) with our own seating area with a stunning view over the loch where we could really see deer grazing and bathing. => Absolutely amazing!
As the top floor is separated from the rest of the building with a door towards the stairwell, we felt like having our own private family apartment, including tea making facilities and a table right under the window where we enjoyed sitting and playing cards at night while regularly checking on the deer by the castle.
Vicki was very helpful with reservations for dinner and made us feel very welcome. Breakfast again, was served with a great view (including binoculars by the window sill) and was truly Scottish ;-) Cereals and jam completed the experience.
We enjoyed our stay very much and I would recommend Castlekirk to anyone coming to Arran. This really is "something different", or have you ever stayed in a former church?

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Castlekirk turned out to be everything we hoped it would be. As veteran Arran visitors (in self-catering), we have been aware of this converted chapel for many years. This time we had the chance to add an extra three days to our fortnight, so booked in at Castlekirk. Right from our initial inquiry, we had an extremely prompt and detailed response from Vicki, the proprietor. On arrival, Vicki proved to be as welcoming and friendly as her emails indicated. The building was wonderful, with a gallery packed with artwork, and our double en-suite room was perfect -- having become accustomed to finding some en-suites more akin to cupboards, it was great to find a good-sized room under the eaves (and I didn't bang my head) with corner bath and shower. I don't normally sleep well in hotels or B&Bs, but the bed was so comfortable and the room so quiet that I had the best three nights' sleep I've had in ages. A particularly lovely touch was the "snug" on the top floor which provided a relaxed seating area with tea-making facilities -- and, yes, more stunning views, including deer bathing in the loch and grazing by the picturesque ruined castle -- for the guests in the twin and single rooms. For all three days we had the window table at breakfast in a stunning room, and it wasn't difficult to be mesmerised by the natural beauty outside. Breakfast itself was substantial and beautifully cooked, while Vicki was happy to give us tips on other establishments for our evening meal. Needless to say, we will happily return to Castlekirk next year.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

This was our first visit to Arran and will not be our last. We chose Castlekirk on the strength of the many glowing reviews we had read....and we were not disappointed. The location cannot be beaten, with stunning views across the loch and Lochranza Castle.We have never taken so many photos!
The accomodation was first class...spotlessly clean with a good hearty breakfast freshly cooked every day.....enough to see us through to the evening! Vicki is a lovely friendly lady and nothing was too much trouble for her.
The island is a haven for wildlife with red deer wandering around the village (we did wonder why people had high fences around their gardens) We saw lots of red squirrels and heard the cuckoo every day (which we haven't done for years)
We went to Arran for a long weekend break and it was worth every minute of the long drive to Ardrossan to catch the ferry! Well recommended.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Castlekirk
Address: Lochranza | Isle of Arran, Lochranza KA27 8HL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Isle of Arran > Lochranza
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Lochranza
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steeped in legend and romance, LOCHRANZA is the jewel in Arrans Crown. Occasionally the peace is broken by the calls of oystercatchers annoyed by the odd human intrusion. Seals sit on the rocks whilst herons wade around the waters edge, wild deer can frequently be seen roaming the village, and golden eagles can sometimes be seen circling overhead. Across the Kilbrannan Sound, where the sun sets, awaits Kintyre. Look almost due north for views over to scenic Loch Fyne - the spiritual home of the kipper!CASTLEKIRK is the perfect retreat for artists, musicians, writers and poets, or those who just want to stay in a unique Bed and Breakfast and soak up the friendly creative atmosphere. Guests can enjoy looking at artwork which is displayed throughout the house and in the bedrooms. Artists are encouraged to use the inhouse gallery if they wish to paint whilst on holiday, tuition is available by arrangement, and easels are available to borrow, if any musicians feel so inclined, it’s also a great space to sit and practice! ... more   less 
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Castlekirk Lochranza, Isle Of Arran

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