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welcome to arran

Arran is an island of discovery; each day brings a new adventure!

We invite you to come explore our wonderful island and make magical memories whilst staying here at Balmichael Glamping.

Our central island location is perfect for connecting with nature and relaxing whilst overlooking mountains, Machrie Moor and the Kilbrannan Sound to the Kintyre Peninsula.

Eagle eye view of our site in 2020
Relax under the milky way and shooting stars
A little corner of paradise
Crisp autumnal morning
Accommodation is positioned so you can relax whilst watching the sun set
Exploring the mountains
Drumadoon Point at Blackwaterfoot Beach - one of the best sandy beaches on the island!

At Balmichael Glamping you may be spoiled with stunning sunsets, skies full of stars and (if you are very lucky) the Northern Lights and Milky Way. Our resident Barn Owl often glides by on his evening rounds. We love the ever-changing scenery from rolling atmospheric mist and clouds to glorious sunshine or snow-capped mountains. 

Imagine that view from your outdoor living space or steamy wood-fired tub!


Meet the owners

Emma and Tom

Hello! We are Tom and Emma Jessop, owners of Balmichael Glamping and Arran Alpacas. At the end of 2019 we set off on our island adventure with our three children, leaving behind our mainland careers as a Chartered Accountant and Primary Teacher (although we still keep our toes in the water). 

Despite a bit of rough timing pandemic-wise, we have poured our heart and soul into creating Balmichael Glamping and restoring the site. We love that we were welcomed into a wonderful island community where our children thrive.

Holidays and outdoor adventures are our favourite thing, we love creating memories with our kids and this is why glamping on Arran is now our life - along with a menagerie of animals!

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



The Isle of Arran is Scotland’s most accessible island and is known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ for its varied landscape. The String road which connects east and west is actually the Highland Boundary Fault line! 

We are always happy to recommend an ideal day out for your group where it be hiking up mountains, a family amble, sandy beaches, shops, cafes and restaurants perfect for your group!

Alpaca Trek with us here at Balmichael Glamping for an unforgettable experience!

Welcome to the Isle of Arran; our magnificent island welcomes you!
Goatfell greets your arrival in Brodick
Brodick Bay where the main ferry port is
Glen Rosa is a famous, majestic glen that is perfect for all walkers
Moody skies in Glen Rosa's ever-changing landscape
The Blue Pool at Glen Rosa
Lochranza castle, where the ferry from Claonaig arrives
A walk up to Coire Fionn Lochan has clear view over Kintyre to the paps of Jura
Take an amble up Glen Iorsa on the western coast at Dougarie to find a serene loch
The Kings Caves can be reached via a forestry or beach trail, a favourite site to explore where legend tells of King Robert the Bruce and the spider.
Walk along Blackwaterfoot Beach to The Doon
Views over to Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde
Take a trip to the Southend of the island to discover beaches and trails
The Holy Isle dominates the landscape at Lamlash - get a ferry over and peacefully explore this island of retreat

In the Games Room, we have a map of our favourite Arran walks and you will find leaflets and a notice board with what's on offer around the island. Visit Arran website provides lots of information on places to go, see and do!


Our green promise

Arran's sustainability drive is inspiring! Our site has been designed with environmentally friendly initiatives to reduce waste energy and water wastage on our site. From compost toilets (just like caravan toilets without the chemicals) to refillable hand-wash and eco-friendly cleaning products, we make small decisions which contribute to our commitment to green tourism.

Please see here for more about keeping our site green.

Thank you for visiting our website, if you have any queries or requests do not hesitate to get in contact.