We have been transforming Balmichael back to a small farm holding with animals and glamping accommodation.
We live on site with our three children and aim to provide a relaxing, happy site. The alpacas and farm animals (meet our growing gang below) make all our guests smile
Please park first at the sign-posted car park, follow the path to The Courtyard to check in.
We keep cars off the main site for the safety of our own and visiting children.
The Courtyard is steeped in history and hosts a collection of farm buildings including an old mill (now a large games room) and some traditional farm machinery. There are also two WCs (in addition to compost toilets at al accommodations).
Check in at our home (Old Byre Cottage) in the far left corner as you enter the courtyard from the car park. We do ask for an approximate arrival time so we can be around to welcome you and check you in.
Our animals have become a much-loved part of stays at Balmichael. Alpacas are gorgeous, quiet animals and in drier weather can be found in the big middle paddock. If you'd like to learn more about alpacas and take them for a little walk we advise pre-booking via our Arran Alpacas website. In summer alpaca treks book out weeks in advance.
Our Valais Blacknose Sheep have been with us since they were lambs, they are totally petted and it's easy to see why they are known as "the cutest sheep in the world!"
Say hello to the ducks by the pond (or sometimes having a waddle about). Two wild ducks lived in the pond originally but we have since added (and bred) more ducks who are all proving to be quite the cute little characters. We even have ducks randomly turning up who like the idea of a pampered life here! All made welcome of course!!
The Hens love a bit of attention! They roam free and although many are past egg-laying, they live their best life (and know it)!
The Nook is our honesty shop which we will show you on arrival. Here you can collect & exchange cool packs, make some purchases of Arran ice cream, Arran Cheese, oatcakes and chutneys, treats, refreshments, small boxes of cereal and wood bags for the BBQ fire pits. This is also where you will collect your pizza doughs and all you will need if you are hiring the pizza oven. The Nook keeps growing - we are always happy to add to it if you have any suggestions!
The play area with its wooden trim trail and slide will keep the kids entertained for hours. It is positioned on a grass area next to a duck pond. There is a small football area with goals - you might even get our own kids joining in a game or two. All we ask is that you please supervise your children for their safety, especially by the pond and animals.
Balmichael boasts many charming barns and outbuildings that are one by one getting the attention and much needed re-vamp they deserve.
The Old Mill Games Room is open from morning to night. Once the old farm mill, we have set it up as a giant games room with pool table, table tennis, family games & sofas. Perfect for all ages! We also have an information centre here where you can find out about local walks and things to see and do on Arran!
The Ben is where our alpaca visitors can enjoy refreshments after their experiences and treks. There is also a small alpaca-themed shop should you wish to return home with a token memory.