Sunday, 07 October 2012
Auchrannie’s recent invitation to Olympic medallists has seen many of Team GB’s heroes book up for a relaxing break here on the isle of Arran.
Back in September, all 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze British medallist were contacted and invited to enjoy a complimentary break at Auchrannie Resort in celebration of their outstanding achievements in the Olympic arena.
The first of the Olympians have taken up the offer and others are booked in for visits in the coming weeks and months.
Scotland’s most accessible island, the isle of Arran is the perfect post-games getaway for those athletes wanting to wind down after two weeks of intense pressure and competition.
Often referred to as Scotland in Miniature, the isle of Arran, located in the Firth of Clyde, offers visitors stunning scenery and unique hospitality partnered with a wealth of attractions to make it the perfect destination for those wanting to escape the stresses of everyday life.
And, for those Olympians not quite ready to totally switch off, Auchrannie offers two leisure centres and a fully equipped games hall on site, plus seven golf courses and miles of walking, cycling, kayaking and riding trails right on the doorstep.
Richard Small, General Manager commenting on the Olympian invitation said “After watching two weeks of outstanding British success we wanted to do some small gesture to demonstrate how proud we are here at Auchrannie and on Arran of all our Olympic athletes; especially those who have put in world class performances to achieve medal success ".
Commenting further, Linda Johnston, Group Director added “Auchrannie and the Isle of Arran offer the perfect spot for some rest and relaxation and we wanted to offer all Team GB medallists the opportunity to do just that after the hard work and dedication they have put into their sport over many years to ensure Olympic success.”
Inspired by Olympic achievements, a team of 23 Auchrannie staff and a further 18 friends and supporters will take part in this year’s Great Scottish Run on September 2nd in aid of Chloe’s Chemoo Cows.
Auchrannie Resort offers visitors to the Isle of Arran a choice of two four star hotels as well as 30 luxury self-catering lodges, three distinct restaurants and bars, two leisure clubs, onsite adventure cabin, children’s play barn and a spa offering the latest ESPA therapies.
Non-Olympians can stay at Auchrannie from as little as £49.50 per night(see website for full details, rates, terms and conditions www.auchrannie.co.uk )
Recent accolades for the resort include:
• Hotel of the Year – winner (Scottish Entertainment Guide Awards)
• Tourism Entrepreneur Award Central South Scotland – winner (Thistle Awards)
• Top Relaxation & Spa Hotels in the UK - TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award
• Adventure Hotel of the Year –winner (Scottish Hotel Awards)
• Best Breakfast–winner (Laterooms Best Kept Secret Awards)
The Isle of Arran is located off the Ayrshire coast. Frequent ferry services link Arran with Ardrossan in Ayrshire and Cloanaig in Kintyre.
The ferry port of Ardrossan is less than forty minutes’ drive from both Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick airport, making Arran the perfect destination for a short break or longer holiday whether travelling from Scotland, the rest of the UK or indeed across Europe.
Whilst many tourists arrive on the island simply to kick back and relax, the island is packed with attractions and sights for visitors of all ages.
For those interested in taking in the beauty of their surroundings, Arran is full of woodland walks, coastal paths, glens and mountains all of which attract a diverse range of wildlife including red deer, golden eagles, red squirrels and even a basking shark or two!
Seven Golf Courses are dotted around the coast, each one featuring stunning views and a unique playing experience.
And, any trip to Arran would be incomplete without sampling some of the local produce, take in a tour of the islands very own distillery and brewery, enjoy the specialty cheeses and chocolates and of course pamper yourself with the world famous ‘Arran Aromatics’ luxury toiletries.