Seal Shore campsite
+ what’s nearby
Isle of Arran
Tel: 01770 820320
A quiet family site personally run by owner Maurice Deighton and daughter Teresa. Winner AA small Campsite of the year.
Own private beach with views to Pladda island with its lighthouse, the volcanic plug of granite that is Ailsa Craig and beyond to the coast of Northern Ireland.
In 2015, the Campsite was voted in the top 100 (top 5 in Scotland) Campsites in Great Britain by both Practical Caravan Magazine and Practical Motorhome Magazine.
Tents, Motorhomes & Two Camping Pods
- 13 electricity hook-up pitches – 3 non electric pitches.
- Wi Fi
- Chemical disposal toilet facilities
- Day room with TV
- Undercover barbecue area
- Picnic area
- On-site shop
- 2 shower & toilet blocks which include Disabled facilities, Baby changer, Hand driers, Hair driers & Shaving points
- Laundry room with Washing machine & Tumble drier
- Bar & restaurant close by
- Phone charging (for a donation to charity)
- Fridge / Freezer Room
- Store your frozen goods safely.
- Microwave and kettle available.
- Ironing facilities available from reception.
- Private Beach
How to get to Arran + Campsite
There are three ferries from the mainland to Arran;
Ardrossan to Brodick (55 minutes) Summer and winter timetables apply. This Ferry Accommodates Vehicles and foot passengers. Booking ahead for vehicles is advisable. Space on the car deck for bicycles is limited.
Claonaig to Lochranza (30 minutes) No advance booking is necessary. This service runs from March – October. Please check timetable for exact dates. This ferry accommodates vehicles and foot passengers. No advanced bookings. Just turn up and wait. Space on the car deck for bicycles is limited.
Tarbert (Loch Fyne) to Lochranza (85 minutes) No advance booking is necessary. This service runs from October – March. Please check timetable for exact dates. This ferry accommodates vehicles and foot passengers. No advanced bookings. Just turn up and wait. Space on the car deck for bicycles is limited.
Seal Shore is situated to the south of the island along the A841, about 22 miles from Brodick. The road is a busy main route but easy to drive along. You will pass Lamlash Bay, which looks out to Holy Isle an ancient spiritual island dating back to the 6th century.
Just passed the village of Dippen, you will turn left onto a B road, taking you to the campsite. You will pass the ruins of Kildonan Castle, built in the 13th century, it stands on the cliffs and was built to defend against enemies attacking through the Firth.
Arran sits just off the west coast of Scotland and is the 7th largest Scottish island. It is inhabited by around 5000 people. It is a mountainous island with a rich geological history. Its highest peak is called Goat fell, at 874 metres, it is one of four Corbetts on the island. We didn’t get a chance to climb it in 2015, which was when we last visited Arran but we were determined to reach its summit this time. You can find out more in our ‘Read about our trip’ section below.
Arran has numerous prehistoric remains with settlers first arriving on Arran around 8,000 years ago. There are historical connections with Ireland from the 6th century. It was also claimed by Norway during the Viking era.
We would recommend that you check out The Chaotic Scot, a fellow blogger who has a lot of information about Scottish islands, including Arran.
Here are some local and slightly further away highlights: –
Seal Shore Campsite’s private beach. Is literally at the bottom of the campsite and although its not a vision of golden sands, it does has sandy area, intriguing rocks and incredible views.
Kildonan Hotel. A stone through away from the campsite. A great range of food and drink as well as live entertainment.
A short walk, further on from the campsites private beach is Silver Sands, Kildonan Beach. Described as the best beach is Arran.
A little further on from Silver Sands, about 0.5 miles from the campsite is Kildonan Castle. A ruined castle that’s name is derived from the name of a former resident, Saint Donan, who is said to be buried on the island. It was built in the 13th century by the MacDonalds, the Lords of the Isles. Wikipedia
If you are feeling adventurous, Flying Fever Paragliding flight school is also about 0.5 mile from the campsite.
Moving further afield, about 3.6 miles from the campsite is the Giants’ Graves. Overlooking Whiting Bay The Giants’ Graves are the remains of two Neolithic chambered tombs. Follow the coastal route until you reach Largymore, the follow a marked steep path until you reach the Graves. Nearby Whiting Bay the 3rd largest town on Arran, is a good stop for some refreshments.
Lamlash is about 9 miles from the campsite and is worth a stop. Here you will find: –
- Octopus Centre. Scotland’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA) visitor centre, providing a unique opportunity to connect to our local seas, through interactive displays, including picture books and videos. Taking centre stage is the catch and release marine tank, filled with creatures from Arran’s seas.
- A trip to The Holy Isle. A sacred site dedicated to peace and well being, there is a Centre for World Peace and Health at the north of the island where an ongoing course and retreat programme takes place. Overnight guests are welcome to stay at the centre, which has guest house facilities. There is a closed Buddhist retreat at the south of the island.
Brodick is the main town on the Isle of Arran and has a lot to offer. It was our ferry port when we arrived on Arran and will require a car or bus journey from the campsite. Here are some of Brodick’s highlights: –
- Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park. Gardens, woodland, waterfalls and a castle.
- Goat Fell. At 874m (2,867ft), Goat Fell is a favourite destination for hill walkers and climbers.
- Isle of Arran Heritage Museum. Archaeology, geology & anthropology exhibits at a vintage farm with gardens & a cafe.
- Arran Aromatics. In 1989, Janet and Iain Russell started handcrafting luxurious fragrant soaps. Keen to gift visitors to the island an unforgettable memento of their stay, the collection soon evolved into bath, body, home fragrance and perfumery products; each aromatic blend named after an island location.
- Crofters’ Music Bar Bistro. Previously known and established as Fiddlers’ by Arran local Dónal Boyle, Crofters’ has developed into a vibrant and friendly bistro which showcases the talent of local musicians and provides a platform for world class visiting artists from all over Scotland and internationally.
- Isle of Arran Brewery. Traditional beer-making with a guided tour available. This gives you the opportunity to see the way in which Arran Premium Ales are brewed, followed by the complimentary tasting.
- Arran Cheese Shop. Next to Arran Aromatics, with a nice selection of cheeses and friendly staff.