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About us

The Isle of Arran is Scotland’s most accessible island. Known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ you’ll find the most stunning landscape from majestic mountains to rolling lowlands and moorlands, 56 miles of coastline, beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs and fascinating caves. Not to mention nature in abundance and breath-taking sunsets.

It’s hard to believe this wonderful oasis off the west coast of Scotland is only a 50 minute ferry trip from the mainland port at Ardrossan. Come explore our wonderful island, its history and landscape and make your own magical memories whilst staying with us here at Balmichael Glamping.

Connect with nature and enjoy beautiful views of mountains, moor and sea from our well-positioned accommodation. Relax whilst overlooking Machrie Moor and the Kilbrannan Sound to the Kintyre Peninsula. Over open fields try to spot the infamous Machrie Moor Standing Stones and the Forestry Commission’s Kings Caves walk, which can be accessed from the forest towards the shoreline.

At Balmichael Glamping you may be lucky enough to be spoiled by the stunning sunsets the west coast of Scotland offers. On a clear night, the sky is a sea of stars with the Milky Way visible. Imagine that view from your outdoor living space or steamy wood-fired hot tub!! The scenery is ever-changing from misty to gloriously shining to snow-capped mountains. Even the surrounding working fields offer various crops and cattle; spring lambs are always a favourite.


Meet the owners

Emma and Tom

Hello! We are Tom and Emma Jessop, owners of Balmichael Glamping and Arran Alpacas. Our island dream became a reality when, at the end of 2019, we moved to this beautiful part of the world with our three young children, leaving behind our mainland careers as a Chartered Accountant and Primary Teacher. We are absolutely in love with the Isle of Arran and the wonderful community our family has been welcomed in to.

Inspired by amazing camping and glamping holidays with family and friends, we feel this type of holiday or short break is refreshing and fun. There is nothing better than outdoor adventures, connecting with nature, having time to re-charge and creating memories to cherish.

We bring our experience as parents, socialisers and outdoor-loving fitness-fanatics to cater for everyone, whilst ensuring a touch of luxury and facilities that add a little bit extra. Whether visiting as a large group, family or romantic getaway, there is something here for everyone!

Providing wonderful experiences for our guests is at the heart of our service. We can't wait to welcome you to Balmichael Glamping.


Our green promise

Arran's sustainability drive is inspiring. Our site has been designed with environmentally friendly initiatives from energy efficient ways to produce electricity and heat, compost toilets (you wouldn’t really know these aren’t normal toilets) to refillable hand-wash and eco-friendly cleaning products. We support other local businesses in many of our products, keeping our carbon cost low. We kindly request that all wastes are recycled using the bins provided.

Please see here for more about keeping our site green.

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