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Claire’s Favourite Island Escape

1st August 2019

Whenever anyone asks me where my favourite place in Scotland is, there is no hesitation before I answer: “The beautiful Isle of Arran”.


“There is something very special about an island vacation. Perhaps it is the fresh sea air or the feeling of stepping on board a ferry and leaving every day life at home. Arran is by far my favourite island in Scotland. It has been the location for our annual family holidays forever and more recently the backdrop for my wedding.

Described as Scotland in miniature, Arran is an island that ticks all the boxes – from mountains to lochs, castles to distilleries, festivals to highland games. The possibilities are endless come rain or shine, whether you are feeling active, cultural, competitive or relaxed.

Favourite on my list is exploring the mountains, from the highest peak of Goatfell to the lesser walked paths of Cir Mhor and Casiteal Abhail. A relaxed evening with an Arran malt whisky always goes down well after a day in the hills.

The island is home to seven golf courses and many visitors come to tick off all the boxes but I’m more at home at the crazy golf in the main village of Brodick.

At 56 miles in circumference, cycling around the island is hugely popular and with recently being gifted a tandem, perhaps this will soon be on the list for my husband and I! With some of the hills on the island, it would be putting teamwork to the test!”


Claire is our Managing Director. She joined Dream Escape in 2012 and since then has worked across a wide range of disciplines. Claire’s career began in law where she gained a commercial background before taking time out to work in the health and well-being industry in Australia. Claire has travelled extensively throughout the world over the years and has experienced many different cultures both as a visitor and as a volunteer but the mountains of the west coast of Scotland still come out on top. Life outside work is a world of contrasts from the practice of creating traditional hand-crafted kilts to a keen interest in running and outdoor activities.





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