Probably the most peaceful area of Arran, the villages of Kildonan and Kilmory share some fantastic beaches — either huge sandy bays or interesting rock pools. Kildonan is unusual in that it lies a short distance off the main road overlooking the small island of Pladda. Down south one can spot Ailsa Craig Island, a bird sanctuary with a characteristic form. Quite a number of new holiday houses have been erected in this preferential part during the last few years and more are still built (this stretch will soon have to be renamed into «Mégève d'Arran»).
Both villages have small village stores and post offices. Sliddery is apeaceful Village with a few self-caterings and one hardware and farmers supply shop with an incredible stock. There are many good walks in the area, particularly near the coasts where there are opportunities to watch large colonies of grey seal and a wheelchair accessible route up to a wonderful waterfall built purely by a private family. A craft and woodwork shop is in a rather unusual place high up on a hill over Kilmory. According to rumour and Wikipedia's Travel Site, there is also the only officially designated nudist beach in Scotland at Cleats Shore near Lagg.

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  • Kildonan Hotel, Kildonan, 01770 820 207, open all year
  • Lagg Hotel, Lagg, Kilmory, 01770 820 375, open all year

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  • Auchenhew Holiday Cottages, Main Road, above Kildonan, sleeps 4/8, 01770 302 303, open all year
  • Burnside Cottage, Sliddery, 01728 723 629, open Mar to Oct
  • Craigdhu Farm Cottages, East Bennan, Kildonan, 01770 820 225, open all year
  • Craigend, Kildonan, sleeps 5, 017784 787 069, open Mar to Oct
  • Creagenroin Cottage, Kilmory, sleeps 4, 01770 870 263, open all year
  • Drumla Farm, Kildonan, sleeps 2 to 6, 01770 820 256, open all year
  • Far Horizons Cottages, Sliddery, sleeps 4, 01770 870 295, open Mar to Oct
  • Grianan House and Cottage, Kildonan, sleeps 6 / 8, 01770 820236, open all year
  • Island Properties, Kildonan, sleeps 6 8, 01770 820 624, open all year
  • Kildonan Schoolhouses, Kildonan, sleeps 6 / 8, 01436 820 956, open all year
  • Kirk Kildonan, Kildonan, sleeps 8, 01770 820 682, open all year
  • Kilbride Cottage, Kilmory, sleeps 4 to 6, 01770 820 291, open all year
  • Kilbride Farmhouse, Kilmory, sleeps 10, 01770 302 813, open all year
  • Kilmory Lodge Bunkhouse, Kilmory, 22 bunks, 01770 270 345, open all year
  • Kirk Kildonan, Kildonan, sleeps 2 to 8, 01770 870 370, open all year
  • Laggwood Cottage, Kilmory, sleeps 6, 0141 416 4164, open all year
  • No 2 Coastguard Cottages, Kildonan,, 01770 820 292, open: April to September
  • Seacrest, Kildonan, sleeps 4, 01506 883 093, open all year
  • Shannochie Cottages, Shannochie, sleeps 3 6, 01770 820 291, open all year
  • Seal Shore Camping, Kildonan, 01770 820 320, open all year
  • Streamlet, Kildonan, sleeps 10, 020 8763 0054, open all year
  • The Keys, sleeps 6, 0141 637 2265, open all year
  • Torrlinn Beach House, Kilmory, sleeps 8, 01770 312 813, open all year
  • Whin Cottage, Sliddery, sleeps 6, 01434 604 673, open all year
  • Woodlea Cottage, Dippen, sleeps 4 5, 01770 820 298, open all year

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  • Kildonan Hotel, Kildonan, Pub and Restaurant, 01770 820 207, bookings recommended. Mon Tue 16.00 20.00,, Wed Sun 12.00 14.00 and 18.00 20.00, Sunday Brunch 12.00 05.00
  • Lagg Hotel, Kilmory, Pub and Restaurant, 01770 270 255, bookings in Restaurant recommended. Bar meals: 12.00 15.00, 18.00 21.00, Restaurant 18.00 21.00
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  • Kildonan Stores, Inside Kildonan Hotel, general food supplies, Offsales, Newspapers and Magazines, 0pen 7 days, 01770 820 207
  • Southbank Workshop & Studio, Fine woodwork, turning and toys, Southbank Farm, halfway between Kildonan and Kilmory, 01770 820 373, open Tue – Fri 10.00 – 17.00h, Easter – Oct and by appointment
  • Torylinn Creamery, Kilmory, View the cheese making process and purchase these cheeses, 01770 870 240
  • Kilmory Workshop and Showroom above Kilmory, turn inland by creamery and follow signs. Woodturning, coffee tables, hand thrown stoneware pottery etc, made on the premises, 01770 870 310, Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 17.30, other days when the flag is flying
  • Sliddery Supplies, Overdale House, Sliddery, Hardware Shop, work clothes,gardening machines, tools, 01770 870 225
  • Braehead Beef & Lamb, Brahehead Farm, Sliddery, Arran reared Beef and Lamb, 01770 870 221
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various jewellery designed by Arran Gems
Arran Gems
The Corries, Corriecravie, KA27 8PD, Tel: 01770 870 558
Assja B. designs stylish contemporary jewellery. My inspiration are the sea, the shores, the steep hills and shady glens with their abundant flora and fauna. All pieces are unique and can be acquired in my webshop. I also sell my jewellery regularly at the village markets in Kilmory (Southend) and Whiting Bay (market days are listed here on the respective pages). Commissions for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and bridal jewellery including tiaras are always welcome. I do love to dream up design suggestions based on your wishes.
Website: Please visit my presentation with my regular blog
Webshop: You can order here directly
  • Arran Dog Centre, Robert Earle, Kilmory, Dog walking service, 01770, 870 371
  • Arran Gems, Corriecravie. Jewellery for everyday, all locally home made, unique pieces. Viewing by appointment only: 01770 870 558. See above for more info.
  • Kilmory Farmers & Crafts Market, Kilmory Village Hall, local farming produce, meat, cheese, Fairtade products, crafts (cards, jewellery, porcelain, knitware, etc) and refreshments. 2011 openings: 10.30h to 14.00h on Sat 24/4, Mon 27/6, Mon 4/7, Mon 11/7, Mon 18/7, Mon 25/7, Mon 8/8, Mon 15/8, Mon 22/8, Mon 29/8, Sat 17/9, Sat 29/10, Sat 26/11, Sat 17/12.
  • Ocean Breeze Rib Tours Kildonan, attractive adventure tours in a rib boat, 01770 820 275
  • Roslyn Gibson Studio, Kilmory, watercolours, acrylics, home spun, handknitted and woved textiles, by appointment only: 01770 870 224 and at the local markets.
  • Torylinn Creamery, Kilmory, see how the famous cheese is being made, 01770 870 240
  • The Wee Gallery, Castle Cottage, Kildonan, photography, art work, fused-glass jewellery, Haiku poetry, open Tue to Fri 10.00h to 21.00h, Sat to Mon 16.00h to 21.00h, 01770 820 625
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  • Eas Mor Waterfall and Loch Garbaid. Walk about half an hour to the waterfall, about 1 1/2 hours to this superb loch. The path is suitable for wheelchairs up top the waterfall. Parking off main road at crossing with road to Kildonan
  • Cycling and Walking Track to Lamlash, About 15km on well maintained track through Forestry Commision forest
  • Walk to the Shore and the Torlin Chambered Tomb, turn south next to the Kilmory Stores, ca. 1 1/2 hours return
  • Cleats Shore, turn left at Clachaig Farm west of Lagg down the track to the sheltered shore, Scotlands only official nudist beach
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Visitor Information for the Isle of Arran
Banks Royal Bank of Scotland, Brodick, tel: 01770 302 222
Bank of Scotland, Brodick, Tel: 01770 892 005
Mobile banking in Operation. In Brodick 24h ATM available
Post Office Mail collections daily (excl Sun). Most postal services available in many villages. In some branches Currency Exchange available
Tourist Information Tourist Information Centre: The Pier, Brodick Tel: 01770 303 774, Open Mon to Thu and Sat 9.00 to 17.00, Fri 9.00 to 19.30, Sun 10.00 to 17.00
Ferries Caledonian MacBrayne Scottish Ferries
Operating Brodick  <—> Ardrossan
and Lochranza  <—> Cloanaig
Tel: 01770 302 166, then option 2 for Brodick
Public Transport Busses from and to all Ferries.
Brodick  <—> Blackwaterfoot via Lochranza (line 324), via the Southend (line 323) and direct via the String Road (line 322), Brodick  <—> Corriegills (line 321). Day rover tickets available.