Shake off the winter blues with a relaxing holiday on a palm tree island in Scotland

From: Auchrannie Resort
Published: Mon Jan 11 2010

Auchrannie Resort is encouraging visitors to relax this winter with a visit to one of Scotlandís most accessible and unusual islands.

The Isle of Arran in the south west of Scotland is just 55 minutes by ferry from Ardrossan and less than two hours from Glasgow yet is almost another world away from the hustle and bustle of mainland Britain.

Basking in the current of the Gulf Stream the island enjoys its own peculiar microclimate which encourages palm trees to grow on its shores and at least three other species of trees unknown anywhere else in the world.

It is often described as Scotland in miniature due to its spectacular and varied landscapes yet is sheltered from the worst of the Atlantic weather by the Kintyre peninsula.

This winter, until March 25 the Auchrannie Resort, one of Scotlandís most prestigious holiday destinations, is offering free car ferry travel to the island for up to two guests looking to escape the winter blues.

Guests can enjoy all the leisure facilities of the resort from just £72.50 per person per night, including bed, breakfast and dinner allowance of £20 per adult per night in either the House Hotel or Spa Resort*.

Arran is the most southerly of Scotlandís islands, measuring just 20 miles by 10 miles, and is easily reached by ferry in under an hour from the port of Ardrossan in Ayrshire.

The island is teaming with red deer, otters, common seals, red squirrels, golden eagles and over 250 other species of birds while the surrounding seas are full of basking sharks, porpoises and minke whales.

"Arran is full of natural and man-made history," said Richard Small. "It is an ideal location for a romantic getaway for couples, a family adventure holiday or a relaxing break from everyday pressures. At the Auchrannie Resort we can cater for every requirement."


* The free ferry offer Ė at the Auchrannie Resort includes return ferry travel for car and up 2 passengers and is valid until 19th March 2010 based on two adults sharing. Subject to availablity at time of booking minimum of a 2 night stay. Excludes school and public holidays.
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