The Perfect Family Holiday Location
Submitted: August 17, 2009
Stayed: August 2009
My own and two other families of 4 had a fantastic week at Banlicken in July. It is, indeed, on a remote part of the island (with very limited grocery stores outside of Brodick 30 mins away) but with a garden the children loved exploring, a perfect games room/den, a beach just down a (step slippery) track and beautiful views it is the perfect base. The house and cottage are well laid out with plenty of space, comfort and facilities. The track up to the cottage is slightly longer than we had anticipated and after heavy rain a torrent across the track meant we left the cars and walked up - but it isnt far. The house and cottage have one bathroom each, which should have been enough except for the fact that we struggled to use the bath-tap showers so everyone was luxuriating in long, deep baths.
The owners were extremely helpful before and during our stay, as was everyone on the island! How refreshing!!
Arran is a big playground. On dry days there were endless walks, beaches to explore (and light fires on), pony trekking, speed boat riding, biking.....and I recommend a trip to Holy Island and a walk over the top - kids loved it.
Be warned - the nearest restaurant - the Lighthouse is BYO - they don't sell alcohol and they don't take credit cards (but there is a cash point nearby). I believe the nearest pub is 6 miles away - but once you're ensconsed in Banlicken for the evening with all your supplies you actually don't need to go anywhere.
For anyone in a group of 12 or less, Banlicken is ideal.
I hope we can return one day.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 14/14
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