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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
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Family friendly
Sky TV
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.

This quaint cottage sleeps four guests in two bedrooms plus four canine companions and is perfect for outdoorsy families or couples – with everything from leisurely strolls to serious hikes on offer. Foodies can taste their way around the island, from creamy cheeses to delicious ice cream, whilst wildlife enthusiasts can spend hours spotting the abundance of wildlife. After a busy day exploring, return happily weary to warm your toes against the Aga.

Sympathetically renovated, step inside this little cottage to find rustic charm blending effortlessly with modern comforts. Cream walls and wooden floors in parts are complemented by traditional furnishings and splashes of colour in the artwork creating a warm and welcoming home from home.

Discard your wellies in the porch, before heading through to the bright kitchen/diner to prepare yourself a delicious meal. Gather everyone together at the table, the perfect spot to enjoy family meals with views over the bay. Relax on the comfortable sofas in the charming living room, reading a good book or watching a movie as your pup snoozes in front of the roaring open fire. Upstairs, the two double bedrooms are light and airy with space for a camp bed or cot if requested. With skylights above the beds, settle for a restful night’s sleep gazing at the stars in the dark skies. Wake with a stroll to Lochranza Castle, breathing in the salty, sea air and sipping a coffee as you potter along the pebbled shores.

Venturing outside, the pretty garden is backed by lush hillside and has a seating area and a BBQ perfect for al fresco dining. Spend lazy evenings with a wee dram and relaxed afternoons as the kids and pups scamper and play on the lawn. There is on-road parking in front of the property and a restaurant 1 mile away, the perfect end to a busy day.

  • 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
  • Sky TV Essentials with catch up and programme recording
  • 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
  • Arrival: 17:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 4 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

The village of Lochranza has a hotel that serves meals using fresh local produce, while the nearby restaurant (1 mile) offers fine dining in a simple cottage. Pebble shores are steps from the front door, with the rugged coastline offering dramatic trails and paths with spectacular views. Visit the ruins of Lochranza Castle before taking the hill path to the Fairy Dell (2 miles) on the coast, a beautiful remote place with fantastic scenery. For those that fancy a dram, take a tour of the Lochranza Distillery and discover the distilling process before sampling the creamy liqueur Arran Gold. Golfers can play a round at Lochranza Golf Couse or further afield at Corrie (6.5 miles) and Brodick (13 miles). Brodick, the main village on the Isle of Arran, has a range of eateries and shops. Hikers can tackle Goatfell (9 miles), Arran’s highest peak, for 360-degree views of the surrounding Firth of Clyde, while the Arran Coastal Way is perhaps Scotland’s finest long-distance walking trail, running 65 miles around the island and packed with amazing wildlife and fabulous scenery. Dont forget to pack your binoculars and look out for deer, golden eagles, red squirrels, seals, all of which can be found on the island and off the surrounding coastline. Find gorgeous beaches on the south of the island with vast stretches of sand at Whiting Bay Beach (21 miles) and Silver Sands (25 miles). Explore the great outdoors with Otters Tail (17 miles) offering sea kayaking, hillwalking and gorge walking, or take the ferry to the Kintyre Peninsula to visit Skipness Castle.

Sarah Gordon

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 28 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Julie 6th May 2022

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Cannot recommend this property highly enough. Overlooking Lochranza bay it is large, well equipped and comfortable. The ferry to the peninsular and local bus stop are both within 3mins walking. There is a small shop in Pinmirl (10 min drive away) but the nearest supermarket is in Brodick (.14 miles away) There is no pub in the village of Lochranza.Read more This is an exceptional property and perfect for both people and a dog ! Hide

Reviewed by Alison 15th April 2022

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We absolutely loved this cottage - perfect location, beautiful view and so quiet. The garden was full of birds, there were deer wandering around, and seals on the other shore. The house itself has been lovingly restored and is full of character, and has everything you need in the kitchen.; very comfy beds and a lovely garden. We'll be back!

Reviewed by Christine 25th March 2022

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Lovely comfortable well equipped cottage. Beautiful location. Would recommend highly.

Reviewed by Stephen 18th March 2022

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Reviewed by Beth 12th March 2022

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We had the most amazing stay at the moorings the place was immaculate and there was literally everything we needed. The location is absolutely perfect and although we got some rain it was still lovely but in the sun its a wee hidden gem cannot rate this cottage highly enough. As soon as we were home we looked to book again but to no surprise its fuRead morelly booked which reflect what a wonderful place it is. We will definitely look to book again and we thank Fiona and her family for the stay. Hide

Reviewed by John 19th February 2022

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We had a lovely stay at The Moorings during a wet and wild week of weather. The cottage was a perfect (and very cozy) base from which to enjoy beautiful Arran. All in all, we couldn't fault it! And special thanks to owners Andrew and Fiona for letting us stay an extra night when the stormy weather caused the ferry crossings to be cancelled, much apRead morepreciated. Hide

Reviewed by Gilly 31st December 2021

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We loved everything about our stay at The Moorings. The cottage itself is beautiful, with thoughtful touches throughout that make it feel like home. The views fr

Reviewed by Ian 22nd December 2021

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Reviewed by Kate 27th November 2021

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The cottage was just perfect for me and my dogs in an outstanding location with stunning coastal and mountain walks from the door. I'm hoping I can go back to see what Arran is like in the spring. A little peace of heaven.

Reviewed by Caroline 29th October 2021

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Just perfect. The view is amazing, the cottage was homely and well equipped.

Reviewed by Lynsey 22nd October 2021

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Weve just had a week in the cottage which was perfect. Loved the old school charm of the place but all the comfort of modern living. The location is exceptional and rooms really spacious. The local produce on arrival was a lovely touch. The kids loved exploring around the castle and along the beaches. Cant wait to go back again.

Reviewed by Alice 8th October 2021

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Reviewed by Peter 1st October 2021

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The Moorings was lovely, comfortable, cosy and in a beautiful location.

Reviewed by Peter 10th September 2021

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A delightful house in a wonderful location. A great place to spend a vacation.

Reviewed by Giovanna 3rd September 2021

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Lovely cottage in perfect location with stunning views of Lochranza castle/coast and red squirrel in the garden! Welcome pack of local produce very much appreciated.

Reviewed by Andrew 20th August 2021

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Cottage is superbly located and was very comfortable

Reviewed by Kerry 6th August 2021

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Beautiful cottage and setting. Great location. Loved our time there. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Bev 23rd July 2021

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Excellent property to stay at. Great location and super views. Would definitely recommend a stay here

Reviewed by Cordula 16th July 2021

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Absolutely fabulous spot. Could have not find a more idyllic place. Will definitely visit again.

Reviewed by Julia 9th July 2021

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The location of this cottage was fabulous with wonderful views of the Lochranza coastline and castle from the cottage windows and garden. We had a really relaxing time and would definitely recommend the cottage.

Reviewed by Phil 2nd July 2021

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The cottage far exceeded our expectations, as although it is furnished quite traditionally, it is very comfortable, well equipped, and the location is awesome. The bedding and towels are top quality, the welcome pack of local produce - milk, bread, cheese, oatcakes, ice cream and beer - was lovely, and our two dogs loved playing loose in the secureRead more garden. A shame that the hotel is closed, meaning a longish drive to Corrie or Pirnell Hide

Reviewed by Tara 25th June 2021

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Loved this cottage, fabulous location and the views were stunning.

Reviewed by Jane 18th June 2021

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A well equipped comfortable cottage with everything and more that you could need for your stay. A welcome package of local produce awaited our arrival. However the location and the views from the house and garden are stunning and make this a wonderful choice. We will certainly be returning

Reviewed by Lorna 11th June 2021

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Lovely traditional cottage in fabulous location. Local produce welcome gift was most welcome.

Reviewed by Judith 4th June 2021

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Lovely cottage in a great location to visit the island and to relax in the peace and quiet of Lochranza.

Reviewed by Martin 28th May 2021

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Well positioned cottage for a relaxing or adventurous time. Very chilled area.

Reviewed by Georgina 21st May 2021

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What a great cottage! We didn't have particularly high expectations of this cottage from the photos on the website but it was absolutely lovely! A perfect Scottish cottage of super proportions for 2-4 people in such a fantastic location overlooking the sea in picture perfect Lochranza. It was warm and cosy with a sweet little, secure garden for ourRead more dogs. It was toasty and warm each evening that we returned from our (sometimes wet) walks and the sunset over the sea was stunning. Hide

Reviewed by Noreen 30th April 2021

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Excellent pet friendly location in Lochranza. Rustic meets modern. Fabulous facilities including a log burner in kitchen and coal fire in L/R. Bedrooms are huge with plenty of wardrobe space. Luxury bedding and towels, which was appreciated, as well as treats such as chocolates and oatcakes, milk and locally baked artisan bread. Good communication Read morefrom owners, who were happy to answer any queries at any time. We were the first to visit 'The Moorings' with our dog, and will definitely be back. Hide

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

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