Runach Arainn

UK Scotland Scottish Isles Isle Of Arran

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A three-yurt luxury glamping site on the Isle of Arran, steps away from the beach

It’s difficult to understand how an island so small can offer so much. If you’re looking for a remote retreat, then Arran is unquestionably ideal – the salty wind slapping your cheeks as you ferry across the Firth of Clyde will remind you of that – but no matter how much the island may draw you in for its isolation, the character and friendliness of the place will quickly make it feel like home. By the end of the week you know the route to the beach as if it were the school run and The Lagg Inn’s landlady has a tab running in your name. It’s impossible to feel more welcome.

Right at the southern end of the 19-mile long island, where mountains give way to hills and rocks give way to long sandy beaches, Runach Arainn is found. It's a rather new enterprise for the island, somewhere more au fait with weather-beaten tent campers than the surprising comforts of a twenty foot yurt, but it certainly seems to be going down a storm. On the banks of Kilmory Water and within the grounds of an old rectory built in the 1600s, this brand new glamping site is the enviable starting point of the island's 21st-century charm offensive.

It has, in total, just three yurts, each accompanied by a private bathroom with an excellent shower and composting loo. They sleep up to six people, but work nicely as a romantic break for two, with a deep, double bed alongside two double futons that work as comfortable sofas, folding out as beds for larger parties. In harsher weather the likes of a toasty wood-burning stove and a hefty stack of logs allow you to create your own cosy cocoon, while the circular crown at the top of the yurt allows you to still peep out at the constellations above.

It’s Andrew and Pippa who really complete Runach Arainn though. Having moved to the island in 2013 from their office-job lives in middle England, their clear passion for the area has already made them more island-hardened and knowledgeable than an erstwhile billy goat. The romantic rural setting they have created – with ducks and hens wandering around the site and a forest garden in the early stages of growth – is enough to gnaw away at many of your hours, while, off site, farm tracks lead you quickly into Kilmory Parish with its homely pub and exceptional beach. When the tide is out the sands open up to a vast, flat pancake and across the water Aslia Craig pokes from the sea – a distant volcanic island mined for its rare type of blue granite that lays claim to two thirds of the entire world's curling stones.

Inland, the southern half of the island is home to the real history. Neolithic stones, like the Giants Graves in Whiting Bay and the circular standing stones of Machrie Moor hint at a time when the island wasn’t really an island at all, but an elongated, hilly outcrop before the sea levels rose, while Arran’s northern half is where today’s mountains climb, intriguing from the ferry but surprisingly formidable when standing at their feet! They’re symptomatic of the entire island. At first appearing small and uninhabited but in reality home to far more than you can ever conquer in just one stay. Just another excuse to catch a ferry back the next year!

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Facilities

Yurts feature a double bed plus two futons for additional guests. They're fully equipped with all you need, including a wood burning stove/oven for heat and cooking, plus all utensils and crockery. They are insulated for year round comfort and have a private bathroom with a shower and a luxury composting toilet. High chairs and cots are available on request. Outside each yurt has a firepit, outdoor cooking equipment and a picnic bench and the yurts are widely spread around an orchard and meadow for quiet and privacy. The yurt field is car free so children can play safely. Parking is nearby with a handy wheelbarrow to help move your bags. The yurts are off-grid with plenty of solar powered lights and there's a shared pot washing and laundry facility a short walk away with plugs for charging phones etc.. Around and about you'll discover chickens, ducks, geese and bees, all kept on the land – so expect a very fresh supply of fresh eggs and honey!

Suitable For

Yurts sleep 2–6 people each, with all welcome, including disabled access. No dogs, however, due to animals onsite.

Nearby

It's a 15 minute walk to Torrylinn Beach, a vast sandy space when the tide is out, with rock pools to explore and excellent views across to Ailsa Craig in the distance, an almost perfectly conical shaped little island jutting out from the sea.
From the yurts you can gain access directly onto forest tracks and footpaths, ideal for a casual stroll or some mountain biking (or for something more serious try cycling the popular 60-mile circuit of the island). If you don't have your own you can hire bikes on the island.
You can also enjoy kayaking, horse riding, hill walking, gorge walking, paragliding and a whole range of other outdoor activities on Arran.
The island boasts a staggering 7 different golf courses – so, if you bring your clubs, there's one for every day of the week!
There is a lovely farm nearby offering farm tours which includes alpacas!
The local swimming pool is 15 mins drive away and there are also many other children's activities available including a ball pit, soap making and pottery painting.

Food & Drink

It is a 10 minute walk to the nearest cafe and restaurant, the Velo Cafe and The Lagg Hotel (01770 870 255), where landlady Mary is accompanied by friendly staff and an excellent chef – great for an evening meal but also well worth an afternoon stop after a walk on the beach!
The nearest shop is an honesty shop for basics 10 mins walk away in the village or there's a bigger local store in Blackwaterfoot, which is a 15 minute drive. Blackwaterfoot also contains a number of restaurants and shops including a butcher, bakery and deli.

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Start of February to end of November

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The Owner Says

Tucked away at the southern end of the stunning Scottish island of Arran, sits award winning glamping site Runach Arainn ('Secret or Beloved Arran' in Gaelic). We have three 20ft diameter yurts that sleep up to 6 and an 18ft diameter yurt that sleeps up to 4. Each yurt is luxuriously furnished with bedding, a dining table, cooking facilities a wood burning stove and private bathroom in the nearby block. An ideal destination for a romantic weekend break or as a base for a family holiday enjoying the hills, forests and beaches of Arran.

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Social Distancing Measures

Individual, well spaced yurts with private bathrooms and private garden areas / out door fire pits (along with indoor cooking facilities in the yurts) provide self catering accommodation and easy social distancing on our small rural site.
There is a communal dish washing utility room but dish washing facilities are also provided in the private bathrooms as well (if guests prefer this option so that facilities can be entirely private). In addition the communal kitchen has a 'one household at a time' rule along with hand and surface washing provisions to ensure cleanliness between uses.
We only have three yurts set in an orchard so there is plenty of open space on site for kids to play and everyone to relax in. Locally guests can walk to the beach and woods which are all very quiet so if you want a relaxed peaceful retreat our glamping can offer that self catering break for you and your family.
If you have any queries please just email us.

Accommodation

Three 20ft diameter yurts that sleep up to 6 and one 18ft diameter yurt that sleeps up to 4.

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Getting There

The ferry berths in the port of Brodick (where you can pick up supplies in the local Co-op). The site is then 18 miles (35 minutes) from the port. Follow the coast road south around the island and as you enter the village of Kilmory you'll see the Creamery on your left. Take the next right turn and follow the road to the Church – Runach Arainn is just beyond the Church. There is a bus service from Brodick Ferry (323 bus) that runs all the way around the island stopping in Kilmory – 5 minutes walk from the site. This bus coordinates with the ferry to make travel without a car very easy.

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