Runach Arainn

UK Scotland Scottish Isles Isle Of Arran

  • Contactless check in
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A three-yurt luxury glamping site on the Isle of Arran, steps away from the beach

It’s difficult to understand how an island so small can offer so much. If you’re looking for a remote retreat, then Arran is unquestionably ideal – the salty wind slapping your cheeks as you ferry across the Firth of Clyde will remind you of that – but no matter how much the island may draw you in for its isolation, the character and friendliness of the place will quickly make it feel like home. By the end of the week you know the route to the beach as if it were the school run and The Lagg Inn’s landlady has a tab running in your name. It’s impossible to feel more welcome.

Right at the southern end of the 19-mile long island, where mountains give way to hills and rocks give way to long sandy beaches, Runach Arainn is found. It's a rather new enterprise for the island, somewhere more au fait with weather-beaten tent campers than the surprising comforts of a twenty foot yurt, but it certainly seems to be going down a storm. On the banks of Kilmory Water and within the grounds of an old rectory built in the 1600s, this brand new glamping site is the enviable starting point of the island's 21st-century charm offensive.

It has, in total, just three yurts, each accompanied by a private bathroom with an excellent shower and composting loo. They sleep up to six people, but work nicely as a romantic break for two, with a deep, double bed alongside two double futons that work as comfortable sofas, folding out as beds for larger parties. In harsher weather the likes of a toasty wood-burning stove and a hefty stack of logs allow you to create your own cosy cocoon, while the circular crown at the top of the yurt allows you to still peep out at the constellations above.

It’s Andrew and Pippa who really complete Runach Arainn though. Having moved to the island in 2013 from their office-job lives in middle England, their clear passion for the area has already made them more island-hardened and knowledgeable than an erstwhile billy goat. The romantic rural setting they have created – with ducks and hens wandering around the site and a forest garden in the early stages of growth – is enough to gnaw away at many of your hours, while, off site, farm tracks lead you quickly into Kilmory Parish with its homely pub and exceptional beach. When the tide is out the sands open up to a vast, flat pancake and across the water Aslia Craig pokes from the sea – a distant volcanic island mined for its rare type of blue granite that lays claim to two thirds of the entire world's curling stones.

Inland, the southern half of the island is home to the real history. Neolithic stones, like the Giants Graves in Whiting Bay and the circular standing stones of Machrie Moor hint at a time when the island wasn’t really an island at all, but an elongated, hilly outcrop before the sea levels rose, while Arran’s northern half is where today’s mountains climb, intriguing from the ferry but surprisingly formidable when standing at their feet! They’re symptomatic of the entire island. At first appearing small and uninhabited but in reality home to far more than you can ever conquer in just one stay. Just another excuse to catch a ferry back the next year!

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Yurts feature a double bed plus two double futons for additional guests. They're fully equipped with all you need, including a wood burning stove/oven for heat and cooking, plus all utensils and crockery. They are insulated for year round comfort and have a private bathroom with a shower and a composting toilet. High chairs and cots are available on request. Outside there is a firepit, more cooking wares and a picnic bench. It's all off-grid but there are plenty of solar powered lights and shared pot washing and laundry facilities (washing machine) a short walk away. Around and about you'll discover chickens, ducks, geese and bees, all kept on the land – so expect a very fresh supply of fresh eggs and honey!

Suitable For

Yurts sleep 2–6 people each, with all welcome, including disabled access. No dogs, however, due to animals onsite.


It's a 15 minute walk to Torrylinn Beach, a vast sandy space when the tide is out with excellent views across to Ailsa Craig in the distance, an almost perfectly conical shaped little island jutting out from the sea. From the yurts you can gain access directly onto forest farm tracks and footpaths, ideal for a casual stroll or some light mountain biking (or for something more serious try cycling the entire 60-mile circuit of the island). If you don't have your own you can hire bikes from Arran Adventure Company (01770 302244) who also offer a wide range of other outdoor activities – the gorge walking excursions are particularly thrilling. The island also boasts a staggering 7 different golf courses – so, if you bring your clubs, there's one for every day of the week!

Food & Drink

It is a 10 minute walk to the nearest restaurant, The Lagg Hotel (01770 870 255), where landlady Mary is accompanied by friendly staff and an excellent chef – great for an evening meal but also well worth an afternoon stop for their scones! The nearest shop is a local store in Blackwaterfoot, which is a 15 minute drive. Blackwaterfoot also contains a number of restaurants and shops.

Opening Times

Start of February to end of November

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The Owner Says

Coronavirus Update

Following the Scottish government advice given concerning travel, we are closing the site until the end of May when the situation will be reviewed. We apologise for any inconvenience but in this uncertain time we need to put everyone's safety first and whilst our site has private facilities we understand that travel poses risks which are best minimised at this time to stop the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe.

For any existing bookings affected we are offering a credit so the booking can be rearranged anytime within the next 12 months. (Guests with bookings have been contacted directly about this).

For future bookings which may be affected going forward, we will again offer a rearrangement facility and are signed up to the Cool Camping guest protection scheme - so if you want to book a summer / autumn holiday you can do that with confidence.

If there are any queries please contact us.

Stay safe and we hope to see you soon x

Tucked away at the southern end of the stunning Scottish island of Arran, sits exclusive new glamping site Runach Arainn ('Secret or Beloved Arran' in Gaelic). We have three 20ft diameter yurts that sleep up to 6 and an 18ft diameter yurt that sleeps up to 4. Each yurt is luxuriously furnished with bedding, a dining table, cooking facilities a wood burning stove and private bathroom in the nearby block. An ideal destination for a romantic weekend break or as a base for a family holiday enjoying the hills, forests and beaches of Arran.

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Social Distancing Measures

Individual, well spaced yurts with private bathrooms and private garden areas / out door fire pits (along with indoor cooking facilities in the yurts) provide self catering accommodation and easy social distancing on our small rural site.
There is a communal dish washing utility room but dish washing facilities are also provided in the private bathrooms as well (if guests prefer this option so that facilities can be entirely private). In addition the communal kitchen has a 'one household at a time' rule along with hand and surface washing provisions to ensure cleanliness between uses.
We only have three yurts set in an orchard so there is plenty of open space on site for kids to play and everyone to relax in. Locally guests can walk to the beach and woods which are all very quiet so if you want a relaxed peaceful retreat our glamping can offer that self catering break for you and your family.
If you have any queries please just email us.

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Three 20ft diameter yurts that sleep up to 6 and one 18ft diameter yurt that sleeps up to 4.

Monamore Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
Luxury Yurt located at the lower end of our orchard. Contains a log burning stove/oven, solar powered lighting and smart phone charger. Everything you need for your stay is included.

Rosa Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
Luxury Yurt located at the upper end of our orchard. Set on a decking platform with views across Lagg wood.

Scorrodale Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Luxury Yurt located with our small orchard. Contains a log burning stove/oven, solar powered lighting and smart phone charger. Everything you need for your stay is included.

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Contact Runach Arainn, The Old Manse, Kilmory, Isle of Arran, Scotland KA27 8PH

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Getting There

The ferry berths in the port of Brodick (where you can pick up supplies in the local Co-op). The campsite is then 18 miles (35 minutes) from the port. Follow the coast road south around the island and as you enter the village of Kilmory you'll see the Creamery on your left. Take the next right turn and follow the road to the Church – Runach Arainn is just beyond the Church. There is a bus service from Brodick Ferry that runs all the way around the island stopping in Kilmory – 5 minutes walk from the site.


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