My friend and I, who often head to Arran for some walking, decided to make a short visit this time to visit the brewery and distillery. We went on a weekend in the middle of February, when the weather was far from brilliant, so upon arriving at the tourist information in Brodick, we expected to get a room without any hassle. This proved not to be the case, as many B&Bs were closed for the season. The lovely Ann at the tourist information centre began calling round various B&Bs for ourselves and another separate party of two, and wasn't having much luck at first finding a room.
Fortunately, the Barn was available and open for business. At first we were told that only a double bed was available and we explained to Ann that we didn't really fancy sharing a double bed! However, our brilliant host at the Barn (whose name I didn't catch) had set up a separate single bed in one of the rooms for us.
The house itself is located in Glen Cloy, away from the hustle and bustle (if you can call it that) of Brodick, but still close enough to walk. It is within easy walking distance to the Auchrannie Hotel which has a good restaurant and bar up the stairs.
Our room was very comfortable and spotlessly clean with all the mod-cons you'd expect including en-suite.
The breakfast served was fantastic too - with a full range to choose from, from traditional cooked, to fresh fruit, cereal and yoghurts - you would not have to worry about leaving the house hungry!
On our day of departure there was some disruption with the ferries, between bad weather and a smaller replacement vessel in operation - but once again our host at the Barn went the extra mile and offered to keep hold of the room until we definitely knew that we would be able to get home.
Despite only spending one night here on this occasion, I would have absolutely no hesitation in returning again.. Although next time I will book accommodation in advance and not chance finding a room at the last minute after arriving on the island!
Many thanks again.
- Also Known As:
- The Barn B&B Brodick, Isle Of Arran