Lochranza Caravan and Campsite occupies a stunning natural setting at the remote northern end of the Isle of Arran. We aim to offer all guests a restorative break in nature, but a location like this also brings with it certain challenges. Here are our top pointers to help you make the most of your camping holiday.
Book the ferry first. We cannot refund your deposit if you book your pitch and then can’t book onto the CalMac crossing you wanted. BUT, please don't let the bad press about CalMac put you off visiting: if they change or cancel your booking, we can also be flexible about moving your dates with us (your deposit is transferrable in cases such as this).
Bring a torch. There is gloriously little artificial light pollution in Lochranza, and apart from the long daylight hours of high summer or during the full moon, nights can be velvety dark.
We share the site with the local red deer, who like to graze here at night. While this is wonderful, it does create some mess. Our wardens go out every day to clear up the deer droppings, but don’t expect a pristine and polished site with flower beds and boxes (the deer eat everything!).
Bring all the supplies you need. We have a small campsite shop (stocking The Arran Butcher sausages and bacon, UHT milk, bread, chocolate bars, and organic canned soups and chilli) but the nearest grocery store is in Pirnmill (5 miles) and the nearest supermarket is in Brodick (10 miles).
The road into Lochranza from Brodick is potholed and narrow in places. Drive slowly and carefully, and pull over where possible to let faster vehicles pass. It’s sometimes easier to arrive via the Claonaig ferry crossing, as we are just five minutes’ drive from Lochranza Ferry Terminal.
The weather on Arran can be fickle. Pack for all seasons in a day and plan for cold nights, even following warm, sunny days.
Lochranza Caravan and Campsite is a quiet site where you can hear birds singing and watch wildlife foraging, and we hope all our guests can enjoy a restorative break here. For that reason, we can’t allow any music to be played that may be heard by a neighbouring van or tent.
Campfires are cosy, but for safety reasons we are not allowed to have them on site. Charcoal fire pits are permitted so long as they are raised off the ground, and please check with the on-duty warden first.