Explore the wonderful Isle of Arran on a long weekend of low-level walks and sightseeing...
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Difficulty Level2 Two
Get away from it all on a long weekend with a sociable group exploring ‘Scotland in miniature’, on the Isle of Arran. We’ll be heading out on easy guided day walks to see what makes this island so special, and make sure we test the local cafés as well!
Arran is the most southerly of the Hebrides, Scotland’s western islands. It lies just across the Firth of Clyde, so is an easy hop from Glasgow. The island has everything you’d expect from a remote getaway in the Highlands – pristine cliffs and beaches, fantastic sea views, trails leading through the hills, and woodland nature reserves. We’ll be spending our days exploring the gems of Arran, while gazing up at the peak of its highest mountain Goat Fell, which provides a spectacular backdrop to our wanders.
We will explore the coast, seeing beaches and caves, and following trails to look out for wildlife on the water. We can also head into the hills for some remote rambling, staying low but appreciating the fresh air you have by the gallon in Scotland’s mountains. For the history lover, there are ancient chambered cairns and settlements we can visit, and the stately Brodick and Lochranza Castles. Whether we’re exploring the beautiful glens, or strolling along the coast, you’ll find Arran has a huge amount to offer.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the Isle of Arran with a sociable group on 3 days of easy guided walks exploring the glens and coast.
- Enjoy the best local food, eating out each night in nearby pubs and restaurants.
- Relax in our accommodation, just a short distance from the sea.
- Forget about driving, navigation and logistics and concentrate on enjoying the spectacular scenery.
- Watch out for wildlife and admire the long history of the most southerly island in the Hebrides.
Isle of Arran Dates:
- Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th June 2019
- Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th September 2019
- Friday 1st – Monday 4th May 2020 (Bank Holiday Weekend)
- Saturday 8th – Tuesday 11th August 2020
- Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th September 2020
We’ll begin by collecting you from Glasgow in our minibus. We offer collections from the station or the airport, so please check below to see these times. After driving to the ferry and then taking the ferry over to the Isle of Arran, we’ll head out on an afternoon walk before checking into our accommodation. Tonight we head out for dinner, and discuss the plans for the rest of the trip.
These are our full days out, exploring the best low-level walks Arran has to offer. We’ll consider the weather, and what the group is interested in, but ideally we’ll spend one day with a coastal theme, and one day with a valley/low hill walk. Alongside the walks we’ll of course get the chance to do some sightseeing and sample the pubs and cafés of the area. Each night we’ll head out to dinner.
Today it’s time to pack up and leave Arran, after a long weekend of adventure seeing this magical island. After the return ferry trip, we’ll drop you off in Glasgow – please see below for the timings.
Good to Know:
For the 13th-16th June trip, the male or female shared rooms are all twins, so you’ll only be sharing with one other person.
Free return travel from Glasgow is included in this trip but please note that we cannot pick you up any later as we need to make the ferry.
Day 1 pick-up
- Glasgow Central Station – 9am
- Glasgow Airport – 9:30am
Day 4 drop-off
- Glasgow Airport – 4pm
- Glasgow Central Station – 4.30pm
- 3 nights accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 3 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other activities such as boat trips will be optional and will incur an additional charge.
- Breakfast and packed lunches are included.
- Return travel form Glasgow including ferries and all travel during the trip.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Vegetarian or Vegan:
We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room – This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms – Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird – On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018