Runach Arainn

Runach Arainn, The Old Manse, Kilmory, Isle of Arran KA27 8PH
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A romantically remote retreat with a beach on the doorstep and just enough civilisation to ensure the presence of a good pub!

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 two 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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Runach Arainn ('Secret Arran' in Gaelic) is a small family run two yurt eco-friendly glamping site set on the southern end of the Isle of Arran. Our quiet rural location offers the opportunity for a romantic retreat or a great base for an outdoor activity packed family holiday.

We first stayed in a Yurt more then 10 years ago and have loved them ever since. They provide a fabulous place to stay with an atmosphere that is unique and tranquil. Paul at Highland Yurts has done a wonderful job in building our three larch wood frame Yurts. They're fully insulated and contain a lovely wood burning stove/cooker so they are cosy and quiet in any weather. We're sure you'll love them as much as we do.

Arran itself is a spectacular island with amazing views wherever you are, from high in the Goat Fell range in the North to Torrylinn beach down in the South. The island is only 20 miles long and 10 miles wide so you are never far from any of the attractions. For natural history lovers Arran boasts all five of the Scottish Big Five (http://www.scotlandsbig5.co.uk) – Golden Eagle, Red Squirrel, Red Deer, Seal and Otter. If its history you want then we have neolithic remains including the atmospheric standing stones at Machrie Moor, or Brodick Castle and gardens – now laid out as a Victorian hunting lodge. And if the kids get bored there is always the Arran Family Fun Park at Balmichael or an afternoon out on the Waverley (the last ocean going paddle steamer in the world, which visits Arran every week during the Summer season).

Arran is a special place and we feel privileged to be able to live here and hope that you will love the place just as much when you visit us.

We are now offering stays from 2 nights or more. With prices from £60 per night per Yurt

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Our Yurts are set in a young orchard

Runach Arainn: Our Yurts are set in a young orchard

A two-yurt luxury glamping site on the Isle of Arran. An idyllic retreat just steps away from the beach.

Runach Arainn: A two-yurt luxury glamping site on the Isle of Arran. An idyllic retreat just steps away from the beach.

Wood burning stove/cooker for heating and cooking

Runach Arainn: Wood burning stove/cooker for heating and cooking

Interior of one of our Yurts

Runach Arainn: Interior of one of our Yurts

Solar powered lighting in our Yurts

Runach Arainn: Solar powered lighting in our Yurts

Six foot diameter Yurt wheel provides ample natural light

Runach Arainn: Six foot diameter Yurt wheel provides ample natural light

Rainbow over Kilmory Church, Christmas Day 2014

Runach Arainn: Rainbow over Kilmory Church, Christmas Day 2014

Holy Isle, Lamlash Bay as seen from Arran

Runach Arainn: Holy Isle, Lamlash Bay as seen from Arran

Torrylinn Beach - 15 minutes walk from our site

Runach Arainn: Torrylinn Beach - 15 minutes walk from our site

Sunset over Lagg Wood as seen from our site

Runach Arainn: Sunset over Lagg Wood as seen from our site

Tree lined forest track ten minutes walk from our site

Runach Arainn: Tree lined forest track ten minutes walk from our site

A standing stone at Machrie Moor

Runach Arainn: A standing stone at Machrie Moor

Brodick Bay and the Goat Fell range of mountains, Isle of Arran

Runach Arainn: Brodick Bay and the Goat Fell range of mountains, Isle of Arran

The Waverley paddle steamer

Runach Arainn: The Waverley paddle steamer

Comfy double bed in each yurt

Runach Arainn: Comfy double bed in each yurt

Campfire cooking

Runach Arainn: Campfire cooking

Private bathroom for each yurt

Runach Arainn: Private bathroom for each yurt

Yurt configured to sleep six

Runach Arainn: Yurt configured to sleep six

Each yurt has a dining area and cooking facilities

Runach Arainn: Each yurt has a dining area and cooking facilities

Bathroom and utility block containing 3 bathrooms and utility area

Runach Arainn: Bathroom and utility block containing 3 bathrooms and utility area

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