4* Marine Hotel, Troon
Set in a beautiful location overlooking the golf course and across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, the grand Marine Hotel has a formal but cosy bar that extends into a lounge area where guests can relax and socialise. Bedrooms are tastefully decorated in neutral colours and offer a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee facilities.
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Trip to the Isle of Arran
Entrance to Brodick Castle
Entrance to Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Entrance to Culzean Castle & Country Park
Entrance to New Lanark World Heritage Site
Image: Brodick Castle - © Visit Britain Visit Scotland
After an early start we make our way to Scotland arriving at the hotel in time for dinner.D
Isle of Arran & Brodick Castle
Today we board the ferry at Ardrossan and sail to Brodick on the Isle of Arran, known as 'Scotland in Miniature'. Arran is like a condensed version of Scotland: it has mountains, lochs, rolling hills, meadows and is surrounded by a stunning coastline. We stop at Brodick Castle which is in a scenic setting by the sea, surrounded by gardens, hills and overlooked by the majestic mountain of Goatfell. Its history can be traced back as far as the Vikings. After free time for lunch in Brodick, we take a scenic drive around the island, making a stop at Arran Aromatics, Scotland's largest independent manufacturer of branded toiletries, soaps and candles, all of which are made on the island using natural ingredients. Have time to visit the shop here before we board the ferry back to the mainland, arriving at our hotel in time for dinner.
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & Culzean Castle & Country Park
After a leisurely Scottish breakfast, we make our way to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which offers a unique encounter with Scotland's favourite son. Set in 10-acres of the poet's cherished countryside, the museum includes the famous Burns Cottage, where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world's most important collection of his life and works. There is time for lunch before we continue to Culzean Castle, one of Scotland's best loved castles. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to explore the gardens, deer park and swan pond before returning to our hotel for dinner.
New Lanark World Heritage Site
This morning visit the award-winning New Lanark World Heritage Site and discover the fascinating history of the cotton mill village and the life and times of mill manager and social pioneer Robert Owen. As we explore the village it is easy to imagine how people lived and worked in Owen's time. There is time for lunch before returning to our hotel for free time to relax or enjoy a stroll into the charming town of Troon.
After breakfast we begin the journey home.Br