THE LOCAL AREA
Arran is often described as “Scotland in miniature”. The Highland Boundary Fault runs east-west through the island, dividing a mountainous, dramatic highland landscape on one side from lush, green lowland countryside on the other. Visitors can indulge in some of the many outdoor activities for which Arran is famous - serious climbing, hill-walking, golf on seven courses, river, loch and sea fishing, cycling, quad-biking, sailing, pony-trekking, bird-watching, star gazing, in fact most things that people like to do on holiday anywhere, you will find you can do here on Arran.
Sliddery is a tiny hamlet located on the south-west coast of Arran. Our local centre of activity is Blackwaterfoot, four miles north, for golf, one of the best sandy beaches around, horse riding and also the Kinloch Hotel with its indoor heated pool, bar meals, restaurant and other facilities.
There is a Post Office and well-stocked general store, an excellent butcher and baker, a garage selling petrol and diesel, and a small picturesque harbour plus slipway for launching boats. Our nearest eateries are the modern, striking Lagg Distillery and the historic, picturesque Lagg Hotel, two and a half miles to the south. The nearest golf course is Shiskine (at Blackwaterfoot). We are pretty well equi-distant from the golf courses at Whiting Bay, Lamlash and Brodick.
Closer to home, our own rocky shore offers great barbecue/picnic opportunities, with plenty of collectable driftwood. It's quite a steep and rough track down to the shore, (sturdy foorwear advised!) but the views from the top are stunning. And of course there's birdwatching, rockpooling and beachcombing - which can keep all ages happy for hours. If you don't feel like venturing down to the shore, you are welcome to have a barbecue on your cottage terrace - and a big bonus that, with the prevailing on- and off-shore breezes, this little corner of heaven is relatively midge-free...!