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Arran with Kids

Arran Beach

A Day trip To Arran

Balancing working at The Hooded Towel Co. and being a mum can be tricky, I love it if I can combine the two. So during the Easter break I decided to take the kids on a day trip to Arran to have some fun and visit some potential new stockists.
Arran is a beautiful island off the west coast of Scotland with stunning beaches and magnificent mountains. From Glasgow, the drive to Ardrossan Port takes approx 45 mins, where you can leave your car and hop on the ferry as foot passengers. It cost us £28 for 3 kids and 1 adult return for the 55mins crossing to the main town of Brodick. Arran has a lot of visitors so Brodick is well set up with a tourist information centre close to the ferry terminal and that is where we headed first.
On receiving some maps and ideas about distances we left the tourist office and started on our way. After taking in some of the shops and a game of crazy golf we started to walk out of Brodick on the beach path to Brodick Castle. I stopped in to see Tracy from The Boat House, a shop right on the beach that sells all sorts of holiday paraphernalia while the kids loitered in the play area.
The Boathouse, Arran

The Boathouse

Continuing on, one of the roads to The Castle leads past Arran Aromatics, we had a turn at making some soaps and, while they were setting, continued up to Brodick Castle.

Brodick Castle is set in a wonderful location with a backdrop of Goatfell, the highest mountain on Arran. Although you can wander round in the house we decided to eat our picnic and see the gardens. Next time we’ll definitely spend more time there because they have so much going on from Early Birds and Bacon Butties to Badger Watch.

We picked up our soaps on the way back and headed to the much acclaimed Auchrannie Resort where we found the general manager and got his feedback on the hooded towels. The kids and I were so impressed with the place we could see why it is no 1 on Trip Advisor and have joined their Buddy Scheme to get details of offers.After calling it a day we caught the 4.30 ferry back and arrived home to find dad with tea on the table. A perfect end to a perfect day!


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