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The Towers Bothy

Machrie, Isle of Arran
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sun
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Located on Machrie Bay which overlooks Kilbrannan Sound and the hills of Mull of Kintyre is only a mile away
  • Enter the property through its unique castellated tower courtyard.
  • Plenty of walking opportunities on your doorstep including to the romantic stone boathouse on Loch Iorsa and the Dougarie Beach
Property code: CA429

This beautiful historic property has been tastefully refurbished for couples/families looking for a rural retreat where they can appreciate and explore the stunning scenery that Arran has to offer.

Escape to this 19th-century courtyard bothy and enjoy its fabulous setting on a private family 25,000-acre estate overlooking the Kilbrennan Sound on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. Sleeping four guests, this property is the perfect romantic hideaway as you can explore miles of tranquil countryside, stroll the surrounding grounds or venture to the quiet beach nearby for long walks. It is equally ideal for a family as the estate has plenty to enjoy from the doorstep.

This property has been restored to provide lovely, comfortable living, yet still retains some of the original features including thick stone walls and sloped ceilings.

Climb the steep stone steps from the tower courtyard and through the front door into a semi open-plan space next to a galley kitchen which is well-equipped. The living space, which is all on one floor, has neutral tones and a cosy open fire to keep you warm on chillier evenings. The two snug and cosy bedrooms – one super king and one king-sized – can both be arranged as twins upon request making this a convenient property whatever your group make-up.

Outside there is private parking and you are free to roam the acres of the spectacular Dougarie Estate at your leisure. Right on your doorstep you will find a walk to Loch Iorsa and the boathouse as well as Dougarie Beach. From here you will welcome fabulous views across to the Kintyre Peninsula. There is also a golf club just 1.5 miles away and trout and salmon fishing by arrangement. You can also book this property alongside others on the estate for a large group getaway of up to 31 people.

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

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 2 bedrooms - 2 super-king zip-and-link rooms which can be made up as twins on request
  • 1 bathroom with separate bath and shower
  • Not recommended for young children or infants due to the steep staircase to the front door
  • Dishwasher, electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer
  • Open fire – starter pack of logs provided
  • Electric heating
  • TV with Freeview in the lounge
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden furniture
  • Private parking
  • 2 dogs welcome (please keep your pet on a lead at all times due to the property’s location on a working farm)
  • Golf club and tearoom – 1 mile. General Store – 5.5 miles
  • Situated on the same estate as 3 other properties
  • Trout and salmon fishing may be available by separate arrangement

The Isle of Arran is a fabulous destination for both a romantic getaway or family break. Dubbed ‘Scotland in miniature,’ it really does capture the essence of Scotland in one small package. The east of the island is a mere 11 miles away and includes Brodick which has a variety of shops and eateries . There is an abundance of fishing available on Arran (by separate arrangement) and a challenging 9 hole golf course at Machrie Bay  – set in a wonderful location beside the sea.

The views all over the island are stunning and you can indulge in a range of activities from mountain biking, to hiking forest trails as well as abseiling. Climb Goatfell, the highest point on the island, head to the Machrie Moor Stone Circles (2 miles), or take a boat trip to the Holy Isle, a sacred site of spiritualism and raw beauty from Lamlash. You can also take part in photography workshops and tours with Arran in Focus (15 miles) or take to a four-wheel drive vehicle and have an island safari with Mogabout, (11 miles).

Sarah Gordon

This property is personally managed by Sarah.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Sally 23rd August 2020

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The Bothy was a delightful property set in a beautiful location with lots of great walks nearby. The kitchen was quite small but very well equipped with everything you need. Lovely bed linen and large fluffy towels. Jules was very helpful, responsive and friendly- would definitely recommend the property for a couple/family.

Reviewed by Lee 14th February 2020

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This property is a hidden gem, comfortable, cozy and beautifully renovated. Its location is easy to find, secluded and with views to die for. If walking is your thing then you are in the right place with some breath taking walks threw the estates mountains, valleys and rivers, the estates manager Sue is on hand to help with all your needs should yoRead moreu require anything. We had the most perfect romantic valentines weekend stay at this property. I would recommend this little gem to everyone. Hide

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