We brought our family to the Isle of Arran in Easter 2013 - just as the biggest snow storms in a generation hit the island leaving us without power for a week! Luckily we were moving into a semi-derilict house - so we weren't expecting much in the way of facilities. Having got the renovations to the former manse (rectory) well under way we have turned our attention to the adjoining paddocks and the creation of the Runach Arrain glamping site.
We have located the site on former glebe lands that used to belong to the parish of Kilmory. The site is adjacent to the former manse which dates from the mid 1600s and is reputed to be the oldest inhabited manse in Scotland.
Development of the Yurt glamping site started in the Spring of 2015 and the site opened in November 2015. We currently provide three Yurts and hope to grow the site over time to encompass up to five Yurts. The Yurts are built for us by Paul at Highland Yurts.
We have also developed some of the land into a food forest garden and we are now an accredited demonstration site for regenerative agriculture and permaculture (ScotLAND Site - Permaculture Association).
The site is very peaceful with views over Kilmory woods. Buzzards, swallows and bats are regular visitors along with our own chickens, ducks, geese and honey bees.