The Douglas Hotel
, Shore Road, Brodick, Isle of Arran.
Most country house hotels have spent the majority of their lives as a private residence, but The Douglas Hotel on the Isle of Arran is different. Built in 1782 on the site of an older house, it has been a hotel since 1852. Gradual evolution and enlargement, always using the local red sandstone, has created the very special hotel, bar and bistro we see today.
With panoramic views over Brodick Bay, The Douglas Hotel offers traditional home-cooked food and boutique bedrooms with free wifi. With a position quite literally a stones-throw from the Arran ferry, there is no need to bring your car. Super friendly and multi-award-winning, no expense has been spared in creating the unique feel of 'home away from home' whilst adding a touch of modern luxury.
The Douglas Bar offers a warm welcome and one of the best views on the island. The huge bay window looks straight out across the bay and the Firth of Clyde. There is a fine selection of malt whiskies and speciality gins, along with cocktails, wines and beers. Food is served all day from noon, with snacks sharing platters and everything from the bistro menu too. Inspired by the fantastic produce available on the doorstep, the Douglas Bistro offers a modern yet classic take on bistro-style dining. Classic dishes with surprising twists and established favourites are here with cosy décor and friendly service combining to ensure a memorable dining experience on Arran. Scottish salmon, sustainable local fish and shellfish from Creelers Arran Smokehouse, Arran and Ayrshire beef and local venison all feature strongly on the menu.
The selection of rooms and suites are individually decorated in a modern, stylish and luxurious manner, accented by specially chosen furniture of the highest standard. The Goatfell and Balcony suites offer uninterrupted sea-views and generously sized bathrooms, consisting of a large bath with shower. Each room is adorned with a local photographer’s work, inspired by the beautiful landscape all around Brodick. Some of the Executive rooms have sea-views too. Some of the rooms on the ground floor are 'pet-friendly' so bring your dog to enjoy the island walks with you. All rooms come with bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee making facilities, home-made shortbread, a safe, flatscreen TV and cosy chairs.
The Isle of Arran is Scotland’s most southerly and accessible island. It's only a 55 minute ferry crossing from Ardrossan and you land right in front of the hotel. The scenery is outstanding with rugged granite mountain peaks in the north, green rolling hills of the south, beautiful villages and dramatic, ever-changing coastal views around every corner. It's a is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts but arts are popular too – including painting, jewellery and photography on display and for sale. Music is celebrated by the island's own folk club and there are regular ceilidhs and concerts. Similarly, a wide range of sporting activities including golf, shooting and watersports are on offer.