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The Isle of Arran can be accessed from two ferry routes, both operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. Ardrossan to Brodick is the main route with multiple sailings a day, especially during summer timetable but continues to operate all winter. This ferry takes 50 minutes. Claonaig to Lochranza also runs during the summer months (end of March till the end of October). Balmichael is 8 miles from Brodick and 17 miles from Lochranza.
Cars are advised to book in advance, especially over a busy summer season. Foot passengers do not need to book in advance.
From Brodick and Lochranza, there are buses which run past Balmichael Glamping on The String Road, connecting the east and west of the island. Tell the driver where you want off (Balmichael Glamping) and they will drop you at the end of our drive.
Taxis are also available for booking. We recommend you organise this in advance.
When you arrive at Balmichael Glamping, park at the car park which is sign posted from our drive. If you arrive in the evening it can be very dark so a torch is advised! Follow the signs down the path to The Courtyard of farm buildings. We ask upon booking that you provide a rough arrival time so we can be around to show you to your accommodation. Our owner’s accommodation, ‘Old Byre Cottage’ is accessed from far left corner of The Courtyard. Knock the door on arrival or we will leave a notice if we are elsewhere on site.
For safety of our guests, own children and animals, we do not permit cars in the courtyard or accommodation area. We provide a wagon which you can use to transport your belongings from the car. You will find the wagon located in the courtyard with hand sanitiser use requested. We kindly ask you return the wagon to the same location after use for other guests.
Check in is from 4pm on the day of your arrival. If you are coming over on the ferry please let us know the time you will be arriving. We ask that all guests check out of their accommodation by 10am on the day of departure, especially given the additional deep cleaning required in response to Covid-19.
During check in, we will safely see you to your accommodation. All welcome information will be sent in a pack via PDF to minimise paper contact.
Mattresses are provided for beds. Roll-out futon mattresses are provided for the single beds in the barrel pods. You are very welcome to bring your own bedding. We provided bedding bundles for a small charge of £10 per double and £10 per single set. This includes pillows, duvets, sheets and covers.
All bedding is cleaned and stored between guests to ensure Covid-19 self-catering guidance in followed.
Bath towels are not provided so please make sure you remember these. Hand towels are provided in toilet areas.
Barrel pods are equipped with a microwave, kettle, toaster and 40 litre cool box. We supply reusable cool packs which keep your fridge cold and can change these for you as required. Each barrel pod has a small outdoor kitchen for washing up. Eco-friendly washing up liquid, surface cleaner, cloths and tea towels are provided. Plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, crockery and other basic equipment is provided.
BBQ fire pits are also provided for cooking. We kindly ask that BBQ grills are washed after use.
For your own convenience and to add to your outdoor getaway, each barrel pod is provided with an wash hut complete with compost toilet, sink and shower. These are located right next to each accommodation for the sole use of your group. As these wash huts are for your group’s exclusive use, we ask that you only use the facility designated to your lodge or barrel. Arran Aromatic hand-wash, hand towels and biodegradable loo roll is provided.
All accommodations have electricity and electrical sockets, including USB points. Costs are included in your stay.
WiFi is provided during your stay. A password will be available upon arrival.
Barrel pods are equipped with electric fan heaters with thermostat which are quick to heat up the well-insulated pods.
We are planning on adding a wood-fired hot tub to our site now this has been clarified as safe for guest use. Our delivery has been delayed due to Covid-19. There will be one hot tub, positioned at the side of 'The Bodega' pod that can be booked for use for one group's use for a day of choosing. The hot tub will have a privacy screen around it but open to views to the west.
We will endeavour to help in any way we can. The local convenience store in Blackwaterfoot – 3 miles from Balmichael - stocks a vast array of products and local supplies.
We do not have a shop on site but you can bring supplies with you. Blackwaterfoot has an excellent convenience store, bakery and snack shop a mere 3 miles away.
Barrel pods are designed with little seats beside the door and are slightly sheltered, perfect to sit with a morning cuppa and enjoy the spectacular view. Each barrel pod also has a picnic table just outside to enjoy an alfresco dining experience.
Each accommodation is provided with a small BBQ fire pit. We kindly ask that you do not bring disposable BBQs with you but make use of the facilities provided. You are welcome to bring your own camping stoves as long as they are used outside and a safe distance from our pods.
There is a large fire pit next to the barrel pods - a lovely social spot to end the day! Alternatively, each barrel pod has a BBQ fire pit for use.
One of our barrel pods is dog-friendly (The Bodega) and we are delighted to welcome well-behaved dogs to our site at Balmichael Glamping. There is an additional charge of £5 per dog per night and we would allow a maximum of two dogs within The Bodega, but with all beds in use, the space inside the barrel pod is limited. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your dogs prior to booking.
We ask that all dogs are kept on a lead within the site in consideration of other guests and animals that share the area, as well as surrounding livestock. Please bear this in mind when walking near the site and follow rules of the countryside. We have stakes and long ropes for your dog to borrow when you are relaxing outside. Dogs are required to have bedding provided and are not allowed on sofas or beds for hygienic purposes.
Travel cots will not fit into a barrel pod. We have found that by moving the double mattress to the side of the cabin, a single mattress can be set up beside it.
Please note, on a safety aspect for younger children, our site has fire pits, a pond and animals. We want everyone to have a fabulous time at Balmichael Glamping and request children are supervised at all times for safety and enjoyment of all guests.
We do not allow hen, stag or same sex parties unless the party is taking out the full accommodation during their stay. All guests must abide by the rules of Balmichael, including keeping the noise levels respectful for our residents and neighbours.
Much of our site is on solid ground however all accommodation is accessed via a grassy path in a field. All accommodations have stairs for access.