The Island of Arran is Scotland in Miniature, with mountains, hills, rivers and waterfalls to enjoy, many local eateries, shops, horse riding, golf, castles and museums and distilleries there is something for everyone!
Treks begin with meeting our alpacas, feeding them and learning some fascinating facts. Enjoy a WEE or BIG trek which involves leading an alpaca around our farm and surrounding fields. Playtime with the alpacas is aimed at younger children who can enjoy playing at our park with a small feeding session.
The Kings Caves
In 1306, Robert Bruce suffered two major defeats in his attempt to claim the Scottish throne and oust the English from Scotland. Harried by his enemies and on the run, Bruce sought refuge in a cave. There he watched a spider try and fail to connect its silken thread to the cave wall to make a web. Again and again, the spider tried and failed to attach its thread, but it didn't give up, and after numerous attempts, finally succeeded. Inspired by the spider's refusal to give up, Bruce vowed to try again to take the throne. After years of struggle, his efforts led at last to success, as he heavily defeated the English and their allies at Bannockburn and claimed Scotland.According to one tradition, it was in a sandstone cave north of Blackwaterfoot, in the southwestern corner of Arran.
Machrie Standing Stones
Explore a Neolithic centre of ritual and domestic activity, scattered across a lonely moorland.This rich archaeological landscape includes stone circles, standing stones, burial cairns and cists, as well as hut circles and an extensive field system, all dating to between 3500 and 1500 BC.The stone circles were preceded by elaborate timber circles on exactly the same sites. They were associated with religious activities dating back around 4,500 years. Cremation and inhumation burials were placed in the circles, long after they were first built.
Arran Farm Tours - Bellevue Farm
Farm Tours take place around our farmyard as part of a group and last approx. 1.5hrs. Visitors have the unique opportunity to help feed the animals, collect the eggs and hear from the farmer about farming life. You can see what happens on a real working farm and hear how the routine changes throughout the seasons. Tours can be tailored to your individual interests, so let us know what you would like to learn more about or see!
Our Farm Experiences are self-guided and give visitors the chance to meet our animals, see our machinery, hear the Arran food story, and relax at the picnic and play area where there is always something to do whether its rainy or sunny.
Our special animal friends include our donkeys – Hamish & Murphy, Tabitha – our miniature Shetland pony, Highland cows, chicks, rabbits, ducks, hens, goats, and our amazing alpacas.
Teeming with history and surrounded by mountains, Brodick is every inch the quintessential island castle. The present building was fashioned in 1844, but the seat dates back centuries to when its strategic position overlooking the Firth of Clyde made Brodick a fortress to be reckoned with. The castle was the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and contains a fabulous collection of valuable artefacts.
Shiskine Golf Club
Shiskine is a great place to spend some time. The course itself has 12 holes and is a seaside links course, with wonderful views and always in great condition. The greens staff take great pride in the course and work very hard to maintain it to a very high standard. We were founded in 1896 and have many "blind" holes with names such as "crows nest" and the "himalayas".
Glenashdale Falls (Eas a' Chrannaig) has been called the finest waterfall on Arran. It is a double cascade set in beautiful woodlands immediately west of Whiting Bay, on the eastern coast of the island. A walk to enjoy the waterfalls can be combined with a visit to the Giant's Graves, a pair of Neolithic chambered cairns a short distance away. What makes Glenashdale Falls doubly enjoyable is that there are not one, but two viewing platforms, each offering a different view of the double falls.
Cairnhouse Riding Stables
Cairnhouse Riding Centre is located in Blackwaterfoot on the stunning west coast of the beautiful Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK.
We are open all year, and offer Hacking & Trekking ( horse riding / pony trekking ) for novices and experienced riders.
We ride on carefully chosen routes across private farm tracks, hills,
and sandy beaches, on well cared for horses and ponies, suiting all abilities.
Goat Fell is the highest point on the Isle of Arran. At 874 metres, it is one of four Corbetts on the island. The mountain, along with nearby Brodick Castle, is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The name is believed to mean 'Goat Mountain'
Just a quick 5 minute walk from the hotel, is the stunning Blackwaterfoot Beach. It is located just below Shiskine Golf Course. With soft sand, rock pools and calm seas, it is the perfect place for family time!