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welcome to arran

Arran is an island of discovery; each day brings a new adventure! And that is what we love about our home.

We invite you to come explore our wonderful natural and historical island and make magical memories whilst staying with us 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 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 rolling mist to gloriously sunshine 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. At the end of 2019 we set off on our island adventure with hour three young children, leaving behind our mainland careers as a Chartered Accountant and Primary Teacher. Little did we know Covid-19 was round the corner! Despite this, we have poured our heart and soul into making our dream come true. We are absolutely in love with the Isle of Arran and the wonderful community our family has been welcomed in to.

Glamping holidays are refreshing and fun, especially with family and friends. There is nothing better than outdoor adventures, connecting with nature, having time to re-charge and creating memories to cherish.

Providing wonderful experiences for guests is at the heart of our service. ever the perfectionists, we keep adapting and adding to our site to provide our guests with the best experience possible. We can't wait to welcome you to Balmichael Glamping.



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.

Our gallery is the tip of the iceberg of what to see and do here. 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

Until we can safely open communal areas, we have leaflets and information on display in our little barn windows (opposite The Ben). Alternatively pop to the 'Visit Arran' hub on the ferry to find out lots about what our island has to offer. The Coig app is a fantastic tool as Arran is one of five Ayrshire & Clyde islands routes for driving, walking and cycling. The Banner, our very informative local paper, is a very useful buy to keep you updated on what is happening.

Foodies and shoppers will also love the range of artisan products Arran has to offer. Around the island there is something for everyone.

Located in the Shiskine Valley, 3 miles from Blackwaterfoot, there are plenty of local options if you plan on staying nearby.

Nearby Food and Drink

Nearby Activities

Nearby Shopping

You will find you are spoilt for activities on Arran, so much so it is hard to fit everything into one trip. Whether you want advice on family walks, play areas, boutique shopping, dining experiences, beaches or something more specific please just ask and we will give any help we can!

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.