Near By

Eas Mor, Forest of the Falls cafe and Bennan Head walk

On the doorstep

Have you heard about the Eas Mor forest walks, eco library and the unique and amazing Forest of the Falls cafe?  They’re within a mile of the cottage and you could extend your walk and go up to Loch Garbad.  There’s even a circular walk from the cottage past the seal colony where you may spot otters, and if the tide’s out see the dinosaur footprint.  If that makes you peckish then the wonderful Arran Simply Thai (seasonal weekend opening hours apply) is also down at the shore, and the Kildonan village hall often holds local events such as craft markets and charity quiz nights.

Honesty box, Lagg Distillery, Torrylinn beach and Lagg hotel

short journey west

Within 5 miles you could be walking the stunning Torrylinn beach at Kilmory, wandering down “lovers’ lane”, enjoying forestry walks, looking out for fairies at the fairy glen and stocking up with supplies at Kilmory village hall and the wonderful Honesty Box at Clachaig Farm.  Then exploring the award winning Lagg Distillery with refreshments at their 2 cafes, or why not pop into the historic picturesque Lagg hotel with it’s beautiful gardens.

Whiting Bay Bay Stores, Bay Wool & Crafts and shore views.

Short journey East

5 miles east will take you to Whiting Bay, an extensive village ideal for a lovely walk along the shore where you can take in the sea views whilst nipping in and out of the little shops, (including grocery, award winning craft shop, post office) and eateries.  Perhaps stop for some mini golf, or walk up to the Glenashdale waterfalls, and follow the circular walk up to the Giants’ Graves to take in the views.

Lamlash views, Janelles, Putting, Coast and the Pierhead Inn

a wee bit further

If you continue on the road from Whiting Bay for 5 miles you’ll arrive at Lamlash, home to the Coast visitors’ centre where you could be watching the amazing short videos showing the diversity of the sea life around Arran.  From here you could catch the small boat over to Holy Isle, or take a walk through the village admiring the sea views and wander round the little shops and eateries.  Janelles is a lovely interior design gift shop, and the Old Pier cafe is dog friendly, both well worth a visit.

the big smoke

Continue on the road from Lamlash for 3 miles and you’ll arrive at the largest village on the island Brodick, home to the largest supermarket (the big Co-op), the big outdoors shop (Arran Active) and a host of shops.  From here you could take the Fishermen’s walk and wander by the beach to Cladach, where you’ll find the award winning Arran brewery, Mackenzie leather, the lovely Wineport restaurant and the path up to the castle gardens.  If you head towards Brodick you’ll come to Arran Sense of Scotland (Arran Aromatics) and if you pop next door you could be tasting the local cheeses and nip into Janie’s cafe for a bite to eat.