My wife and I went on a short coach break with "Moving People" and once again, they came up with another winner of a hotel. It might seem somewhat "old fashioned" to some people, but it has a charm that is endearing. We had a spacious room with a sea view and we sat at our little table in our comfy armchairs watching the seals playing. The bathroom/shower was adequate for our means. Everywhere was clean and well looked after.
Staff were exceptional and we always helpful and whatever you asked them, they did with a smile and friendliness. The restaurant was bright and airy with views out to the sea. The food, apart from one evening meal, was very good. We had a three course meal with tea or coffee and I enjoyed the starters, especially as there was a fish choice each evening. The meals were well present and well cooked, apart from one meal. Arran Lamb was on the menu and I found it rather tough. I was not the only one, as I spoke to six other guests who said the same thing and the Lemon Tart, (which I did not have, but my wife and seven others did), was not very lemony and the pastry somewhat "doughy" in their opinions. Despite this, we enjoyed all our meals and breakfast buffet had a great choice and set you up for the day. We went on various trips, including Brodick Castle and Gardens, (superb) and the Arran Distillery (enjoyable but entry over-priced for what you get).
I used the indoor swimming pool every day, which was a bonus for me. Lots of people, owing to the unusually warm, sunny weather we had, would sit outside and have a drink.
As for location, well, overlooking the Mull of Kintyre, (we did watch the mist roll in) and the sunsets were just incredible. The hotel, situated on the headland, took view advantage of the views and it was next to a little river with a waterfall. Shops, bakers and post office all in a few minutes walk and a lot of guest went for early morning or early evening walks to watch the seals. The local Golf Club was a few minutes walk, and we met many other guests there having coffee or lunch.
There are also several local walks and one along the coast to the King's Cave.
It is a family friendly hotel and we heartily recommend it - with the views that you will want to photograph again and again.
We loved Arran so much, that we intend visiting again. less