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The Moorings

Lochranza, Isle of Arran
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 4
4 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Gorgeous Isle of Arran holiday home with stunning views across the bay
  • Perfect for exploring this wonderful island and all it has to offer
  • Walking distance of Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran distillery and award-winning visitor centre
Property code: 77882

This traditional cottage has stunning views of Loch Ranza and the ruined castle at its heart. Surrounded by dramatic peaks and wild coast, it is ideally situated for experiencing Arran’s natural beauty and fascinating wildlife.

Lochranza, which is built around the sea loch of the same name, is in the North Arran National Scenic Area (Scotland’s equivalent of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Arran’s longest stretch of wild coastline and some of its best hill walks are on the doorstep. There is an abundance of wildlife to spot. Otters and seals swim in the bay, golden eagles nest in the nearby hills and dolphins and porpoises are regular visitors. Red deer and red squirrels can be seen without even leaving the cottage. The village is home to the Arran distillery, with visitor centre and cafe, and the popular Stags restaurant and Sandwich Station takeaway. It is also the port for the ferry to the Kintyre peninsula and in summer it’s possible to take a day trip, perhaps to visit Skipness Castle or the tiny island of Gigha. Golfers are well-served by Arran’s nine varied courses, one of which is in Lochranza, and for water lovers, kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkelling and gorge-walking are all on offer. Other island attractions include Brodick castle and gardens (with adventure playground), a marine discovery centre, a geology centre and a heritage museum.

The cottage has been sympathetically renovated and retains its period charm. The kitchen/diner has a Rayburn for both cooking and central heating and a wood burner for extra cosiness. For convenience, there’s an additional electric hob and combi microwave oven, plus fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. From the table, you can enjoy views over the bay, with Lochranza castle at its heart, and the open sea beyond. On the other side of the hall is the comfortable sitting room, with similarly spectacular views and an open fire. It has a sofa bed for extra sleeping space, if required. Also off the hall is a toilet, tucked under the stairs, which looks out onto the cliff behind the house. Stripped wooden stairs lead to the light and airy first floor, with two spacious double bedrooms and a bathroom with shower over the bath. A single put-me-up bed, or cot, can be added to either or both bedrooms on request.

The garden slopes down towards the sea and has a seating area with waterfall, plus a secluded side garden.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms - 2 doubles
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC and 1 separate WC
  • AGA, electric hob, combi microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Open fire and wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ
  • 4 dogs welcome
  • Roadside parking, subject to availability
  • Restaurant 1 mile away
  • Shop and pub approx. 8 miles from accommodation
  • Please remember to book your ferry to the Island via CalMac Ferries website as early as possible
  • Please check the ferry crossing time table, available at the CalMac website

Sarah Gordon

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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