Glenisle Hotel

Isle of Arran, Ayrshire

It’s a no-brainer - a stunning Scottish island and a dreamy small hotel – so come for sandy beaches, big hills and a lovely island base


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The Glenisle has a great tradition in hospitality – it was once the village jail! These days, it’s the best place to stay on Arran – stylish and friendly with views across Lamlash Bay to Holy Island. Outside, there’s a pretty terrace for lunch in the sun. Inside, you find stone walls, roaring fires, then books and games in a stylish sitting room. It’s quirky, too – part of the bar was rescued from an old paddle steamer, and the hotel holds a Christmas festival at the end of November. There are two restaurants – one overlooking the garden, the other with mirrors on one wall – and the food hits the spot nicely: perhaps fish chowder with home-smoked mussels, coffee-crusted haunch of Arran venison; dark chocolate delice with walnut ice cream. Smart, airy rooms have comfy beds, colourful throws and robes in cute bathrooms. Two at the front look out to sea, the suite has a claw-foot bath overlooking the bay. As for Arran, it’s a small-scale version of Scotland: mountains to the north, lush farmland to the south, then sandy beaches and the odd castle waiting on the coast. A perfect island base.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Lunch & dinner £6-£38.


Nightly price
from £129
5 Twin/doubles
From £145
2 Singles
From £95
3 Doubles
From £129
1 Suite for 2
From £208
2 Doubles
From £182


The hotel is really lovely, cosy, the people there really nice. The food really good. I have only good thing to say about it. It is a peaceful place. The terrace aside is very pleasant when sunny. Surroundings are lovely with the sea just on the other side of the roads. And from there you can do walks. A very lovely place for a weekend retreat of peace and comfort.

Sylvaine, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Anne Kennedy

  • Holy Isle. Beautiful to look at from our terrace and fascinating to visit. Now a Buddhist monastery, you are welcome to meander along the coast, see rare Western Island ponies, climb to the top (1,000 ft) and enjoy a cup of tea in the visitors' centre.
  • Arran is a walkers' paradise. There are hundreds of beautiful walks from an easy stroll to the magnificent standing stones or a challenging climb up Goatfell (874m). We can lend you walking bookings and binoculars to make your walks more enjoyable.
  • Arran features 7 golf courses ranging from beginners to seriously challenging, all set in stunning surroundings. Lamlash Golf Course is a five minute walk from the Glenisle and you may want to try the challenging and picturesque 12-hole range at Shiskine.
  • Arran's Machrie Moor is one of the best sites for standing stones in the UK. The site includes no less than seven ancient stone circles as well a several chambered cairns, individual standing stones and hut circles.