New for 2021

Best of Isle of Arran Guided Island Hopping Holiday

Kildonnan shore on the Isle of Arran, Scotland
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Island Hopping
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,249pp £1,199pp

Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde with a circumference of just 56 miles. Despite its diminutive size it is home to majestic mountains, cracking coastline, ancient sites, plentiful wildlife and its own distillery; it’s like Scotland in miniature! Guided walks here will cover its range of scenery including the option to climb Goat Fell – a Corbett which offers superb views across the island and to neighbouring islands from its summit. Points of interest include a Bronze Age burial cairn, ancient standing stones and Fairy Dell – rumoured to be the gateway to the land of the fairies! Along the way there’s the chance of spotting wildlife including red squirrels, golden eagles, sea otters, red deer and basking sharks. Nearby Holy Island is home to a Buddhist retreat; there is a rewarding walk to the top of Mullach More – the island’s highest point. Relax knowing all your accommodation, transport and meals are taken care of, you just need to put on your boots and enjoy the journey. Use of the spa facilities at our hotel is included too, the perfect way to end your day.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Brodick Castle & spiritual Holy Island
  • Spot early Christian and Pictish carvings on the walls of Kings Cave
  • Conquer Goat Fell, the highest point on the island
  • Experience mystical Machrie Moor and it’s 4000yr old stone circle
  • All meals included. Comfortable ensuite accommodation, including spa facilities.
  • Guided walks each day

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Use of the hotel’s spa facilities

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Meet your leader prior to your evening meal, to find out the plan of action. If you’ve time before then, why not try out the spa facilities at the hotel.

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A nice introductory walk along the coast from Lamlash to Brodick over the Clauchland Hills & Glen Cloy, with time in Brodick to explore independently at the end of the walk. 

9 miles (14km) with 1,160 feet (360m) of ascent

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Superb coastal scenery, and a great mix of geology and history on this walk, topped off by a well earned wee dram at the end. Fossilised giant millipede tracks, Ossian’s Cave, Fairy Dell and the fabulous Lochranza distillery. There’s a pretty good chance of spotting herds of wild deer too.

8 miles (13km), with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent

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Enjoy a visit to the ancient spiritual Holy Island. Hop over by boat and visit the Tibetan Buddhist retreat, head to the summit of Mullach Mor (the island's highest point) and enjoy spectacular coastal scenery.

4.5 miles (7km) with 150 feet (470m) of ascent

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Fabulous walking on the west coast today, visiting the 4000yr old Machrie Moor standing stones, its Bronze Age burial cairn and Robert the Bruce’s famous King’s Cave – the site of Robert the Bruce’s famous encounter with a spider!

7 miles (11km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent

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A wonderful walk in Glen Rosa takes us into the heart of the mountains, craggy peaks and a good chance of spotting red deer herds too. We end at impressive Brodick Castle, with the afternoon free to explore the castle or its beautiful gardens.

5.5 miles (9km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent

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Today you’ve the option to tackle Arran’s highest peak – Goatfell, for superb views across the island and to the neighbouring Inner Hebridean islands too.

6 miles (10.5km) with 2,900 feet (900m) of ascent.

Prefer something a little less strenuous? Take time out and enjoy the spa facilities at the hotel, or hop on the public bus and do a circuit of the island, maybe stop off at Blackwaterfoot, or in the south of the island - there's plenty of possibilities.

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Time to say goodbye, we hope to see you again!


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Auchrannie Hotel, Arran - Best of Isle of Arran

The multi-award winning, family owned Auchrannie Resort, is our accommodation for the week. Located in the village of Brodick on the Isle of Arran, the Auchrannie offers us a fantastically central base, superb 4* accommodation and the free use of the leisure facilities, including indoor pools, sauna, steam room and solarium, so we can rest our weary legs after our walks. All rooms have a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, use of an iron and ironing board. Wi-Fi is available.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Waterproof walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
15 May - 22 May
7 Island Hopping £1,249 £1,199 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
12 Jun - 19 Jun
7 Island Hopping £1,249 £1,199 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
11 Sep - 18 Sep
7 Island Hopping £1,249 £1,199 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

Single room supplement: £339 (complete holiday)

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Island Hopping
Walking Grade:
3

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