Lochranza, Isle of Arran
The Bute-y of Isles Arran & Bute Our updated Ayrshire coast tour features a day on the fabulous Isle of Arran ‘Scotland in Miniature’, where we visit beautiful Brodick Castle, as well as a day on the Isle of Bute complete with a visit to magnificent Mount Stuart. We also enjoy excursions to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Culzean Castle. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival Today, we board the ferry at Ardrossan and sail to Brodick on the Isle of Arran , known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. When on the island we visit Brodick Castle , a grand baronial castle set by the sea, bedecked with gardens, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the majestic Goatfell mountain. After free time for lunch in Brodick, we take a scenic drive around some of the island, before we board our ferry back to the mainland. Day 3 Isle of Bute & Mount Stuart This morning we head to Wemyss Bay to catch the ferry to Bute . On arrival we visit neo-gothic Mount Stuart , one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age, set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens, woodland and coast. With beautiful interiors, the house is a labyrinth of lavish rooms, grand hallways and staircases, and the sight of the Marble Hall is truly captivating. Afterwards we take a scenic tour around the island, finishing in Rothesay where we catch the ferry back to the mainland. Day 4 Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & Culzean Castle We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Isle of Arran & Brodick Castle We remain on the mainland today, first heading to Ayr to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum , which offers a unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set in 10 acres of the poet’s cherished countryside, the museum includes the famous Burns Cottage, where the poet was born. There is time for lunch here before we head to Culzean Castle , one of Scotland’s best loved castles, with gardens, beaches, woods, trails and to crown it all, a cliff-top castle of monumental size. There really is something for everyone in this wildlife-rich estate, which is opulent to the extreme. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home. Please note, this island tour relies heavily on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services. In the event that a sailing is cancelled or delayed, be aware that itineraries will have to be adapted; sometimes at very short notice.
Robert Burns Birthplace
South Beach Hotel Troon, South Ayrshire
Facing Troon’s seafront, looking across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, the South Beach Hotel is renowned for its hospitality. The hotel has ample area to relax with two cosy lounges, a bar and beautiful gardens to soak in the Scottish seaside air. All 32 bedrooms are cosy, individually decorated in a traditional style and fully equipped. The hotel has no lift but ground floor rooms are available.
• Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge
Riverside Lodge Hotel Irvine, South Ayrshire
The Riverside Lodge hotel is located on the outskirts of Irvine. All 128 comfortable bedrooms are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift but there are 64 ground floor rooms. There is a cosy, intimate restaurant and an open plan reception, lounge/bar area. • Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £332pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £118 Based on Monday arrivals Inclusions • Porterage • Welcome tea/coffee • Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • Live entertainment on 1 night (South Beach)
• In-house activities on 1 night (South Beach) • Pianist on 1 night (Riverside Lodge Hotel) • Return ferry Ardrossan – Brodick • Entrance to Brodick Castle • Return ferry Wemyss Bay – Rothesay
• Entrance to Mount Stuart • Entrance to Robert Burns Birthplace Museum • Entrance to Culzean Castle
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