* Prices may differ from that shown
The Isle of Arran is a fairly small island off the west coast of Scotland. It boasts breathtaking scenery and beautiful walks! WHAT TO DO THERE! The Isle of Arran is a perfect place for both experienced and inexperienced walkers. The beautiful coastline is a perfect start for any walk, with many coastal paths that are easy to follow and have fairly even terrain! However if your feeling a little more adventurous you could always venture into the mountain ranges or climb the highest one there - Goatfell! - you get to the top of that and you feel as if your on top of the world! It is fairly difficult to get lost there because during most of your walks you will be able to see the sea so navigation is fairly easy!!! The Isle of Arran is also a perfect base for nature lovers - because it is not very densely populated, there is a great oppurtunity to see lots of inshore animals. Similarly the fact that it is surrounded by sea enables you to go looking for seals and sea otters etc. While i was there i saw many seals and think i did see a sea otter - but it was quite dark so am not very sure that was what i saw! There are a few shops there - a small factory outlet selling Arran mustards and Jams etc but the island is pretty much uncommercialised! WHERE TO STAY There are two Youth Hostels on the island can't remember exactly where (probably one in Brodick - the main town there!) which provide adequate accomodation for families and groups of people. I advise if you are going in the peak months though that you should book a place before you go because the one i stayed in was quite busy! If you want to rough it, there are quite a few farmers that are willing to lend them their field for a night - make sure you ask permission first though! Also if your walking there are a few wild camping sites that offer great camping sites - although all of these do not offer running water etc but they have many advantages!!! <
br> Also on the island are a few hotels - i didn't actually stay in any of them so i couldn't advise on the state of them. Finally a lot of the people on the island do only use their house as a holiday home and actually live on the mainland so if you can get in touch with someone they may lend you their house for the time that you want to spend there! We went to the Isle of Arran at the beginning of July and so in peak midgie season - at least it felt like that anyway!! - if you do go make sure that you take lots of midgie repellent - you'll probably need it!!! If you haven't booked your holiday yet this summer and are quite keen on walking and the countryside i would advise that the Isle of Arran is the perfect holiday destination! - just get in there quick before all the places get booked!!!
The Isle of Arran lies on the West coast of Scotland. It can be easily reached by ferry from the main port Addrossan Harbour. From the moment the Island comes in to view while crossing the somtimes 'rough' sea, you know instantly that this is a magical place of interest and beauty. The main 'town' is more like a large village, you can easily walk from one end of Brodick to the other in 1/2 hour, or less if you walk quickly! The first sight you will see is the mountains, the most obvious being Goat Fell, it takes three hours to climb to the summit and 3 hours back down, but well worth it if you want to view some of the prettiest sights in the world. The island is only 56 miles round so it is worth touring the island in one day, stopping off at cafe's and pubs along the way. If its Golf your into, then this is defiently the place for you, with 7 golf courses, you can play in a different place everyday for a week. And if you get a bit tired of golf, you can always go to the whiskey distillery and sample a few of the scottish traditions! There is far too much about the island to tell you in this review, in a nutshell; it has everything. Golf, crafts, beautiful scenery, sheep, mountain goats, sea lions, loads of other wildlife, great pubs that serve homemade dishes, nice beaches,it also has a wonderful geographic history. There is a fault line that runs through the centre of Arran and a few years ago there was an earthquake in Lamlash, which measured 4 on the ricter scale. All I can say is, GO! Everybody will find something they like about arran and there is plenty of places to stay.
I went to Scotland in last summer. I went there by train and all the views I saw there were wonderful, when I was travelling by train. I can say that nowhere made me excited me before I have been there. When I got out of train station and saw Edinburgh, I could not believe my eyes. That city was real wonderful and I felt as if I was in middle age. The city stands in the same way with middle age. The tour I joined was a kind of trackin tour. We went to country side and onto the mountains instead of cities. Although we have been to the cities we did not stay a lot on the cities. I saw the best views in Scotland. Especially in Skye Island, mountains create one of the best views in the world. Also, sight of the sheeps there was so interesting. Also, I saw a lot of castles there. Especially the one you can see in the movie called 'HIGLANDER' was the best. It was near Lake, i think name of the lake was Loch Ness. I also did canadian canoo there. Additionally, In Scotland hostels are very cheap. Hostel in Einburgh was £ 12 and that in the Sky was £ 10 and it was by the ocean and it had a very nice ocean view (breakfast included) The other cities or towns I have been there: Stirling, Sky Island, Edinburgh, Inverness. They all were fantastic. You can also find castle-hostels in Scotland just for £ 10. They turn to castles to hostel. Who doesn’t want to stay in a hostel for £10. I also saw the monument of William V.(Brave Heart) You should see there. You can see the all city from the top of the monument in Sterling. Whereever you go, everywhere is just green and perfect. I found the real piece there. Additionally the hostels are pretty cheap in Scotland , even when they have a very nice view. Especially the one I stayed in Skye and the one I stayed in Edinburgh which is just near Edinburgh castle had a very nice view. I certainly suggest everybody to go to Sco
tland, especially to Edinburgh.
Perthshire is a large county that sweeps up from the lowlands into the start of the highlands. For that reason you get to see many of the facets of Scotland all in one go. Don't be put off by the gothic drearyness of Dundee - you have to go further than that to see the real beauty of this country. Once you are past Perth the scenery cascades into heather clad mountain ranges, tops tipped with snow and an extreme isolation that doesn't exsist any where else in Europe today. You really do need to have a camera at the ready at all times, every scene is picturesque. Crieff, Pitlochry and Killiekrankie are all worth the visit. They have become very tourist orientated recently so every shop seems to sell whiskey and kilts. Blair Castle is magnificent, there are plenty of other smaller castles in the area, too numerous to mention. And if you really do want to get away from it all, then I suggest a trip down the side of Loch Rannoch. There is only one road, a very long and windy road, that stops abrubtly in the moors, with touristic sites of a station, one pub and a lot of deer.
A very classy center which consists of italian designer stores like Gucci, Prada etc. As you can imagine, the stores are very expensive and if you are going to enter the stores the you need to look expensive or you will tend to feel out of place. A good place to shop if you have lots of money and look the part. I've only ever been there once and I loved the shopping experience. I did not get very much for my money, but the satisfaction of having designer items in my wardrobe was very satisfying. Any shopperholics beware- you could do your credit card some irrepairable damage at the Italian center so be warned! there are very nice cafes to rest at and they serve very good coffee and chocolate. This is a very good place to go to when you are looking to really be extravagant!
The small, remote village of Ballater is situated a few miles after the Queen's beautiful holiday destination Balmoral. The accomodation in question is the time-share lodges called 'Craigendarroch' These beautiful lodges with scenic views are situated on the bank of the River Dee. On site there are a range of activities and things to do such as a gym, sauna and jacuzzi, tennis, squash, table-tennis and much, much more! With bar and restaurant facilities too, you now know why I return every single October!
The Waterfront complex is situated,funnily enough, at the waterfront in Greenock. A lot of people, even locals, think that this is just a swimming pool. Wrong! There is a lot more to this place than just a leasure pool. There is saunas, steam rooms, keepfit gyms,curling rinks, ice skating the list goes on. It is a great place to take the whole family for a day out. there is even a McDonalds on site so that you can top up the cholesteral that you have just spent hours getting rid of. Car parking is easy with a large car park at the side and plenty more parking in the retail park opposite. There is also a cinema next door which is a cool way to round off the day.