Our Arran Holiday Cottage Guest Books

The following some are extracts from our guest books which we leave in the cottages and allow our guests add their comments. We are always keen to read what our guests have thought of both their holiday in Arran and of course our cottages.

We have never had an adverse comment and I think the following speak for themselves:

Now in our fifth year, a large number of our bookings are repeat business and meeting our families who return regularly is always a real pleasure for us.

Rosa Cottage:

“We had a wonderful week. The cottage has been a joy - so many thoughtful design touches, tasteful and gleaming fresh and clean.”

Jayne & David , Cumbria

“We had an excellent week. This is by far the nicest cottage we have stayed in, and Arran is such a beautiful place”

Mike & Angela, Cumbria

“Thanks so much for a fantastic stay. The cottage is wonderful and has absolutely everything you could need, an ideal base to see the island.

The Richards, North Ayrshire.

Kate and Jim - you should have been featured on “Grand designs” This cottage has is such a tasteful and beautiful conversion.

Barbara and John, Cheshire

“A lovely cottage, beautifully furnished and decorated. Splendid situation, utterly peaceful.”

Richard & Ailsa, London

Wonderful week in this lovely island. Loved the cottage Absolutely eveything thought of. Would definitely come back.

The Elliott’s East Lothian

Had a great weeks walking in this lovely island. We have been very impressed with Rosa Cottage=-fantastic! Comfortable and excellent attention to detail

Rodgers Edinburgh

Tastefully decorated and well equipped cottage in a lovely setting, obviously a lot of thought has gone into this project.


Beautiful cottage, everything you need, a real home from home, we don’t want to leave - want to move in! Fantastic scenery, 1st time in Arran but not the last- we will be back. Love this place, everything you could want in life right here.

Brackley Northants

Brilliant cottage, excellent location. We have had a ball this week. Cottage catered for our needs and was absolutely immaculate.


This was our fifth trip to Arran, our longest, our first self catering, our first with Luke (2) and our best! What a wonderful cottage and an excellent base to explore  the island. Luke was very settled here, which is always a strong indicator of the warmth and comfort of a palce. We will be back!

M,M &L East Malling Kent

“The cottage was well presented and comfortable. Arran was wonderful as usual.”

The Carruthers family, Glasgow

“Very impressed with the Island and the cottage, perfect for our needs.”

The McDonalds, East Lothian

“Lovely cottage, smashing holiday. Beautiful island for walking. We will be back!”

The Sutton family, Norfolk

“Had a great week. Enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the “ bogels” of Brodick Castle were the kids favourite bits. Lovely comfortable cottage, will recommend.”

The Sime family, nr Cheltenham

“A wonderful holiday - loved the cottage & Arran. Enjoyed cycling & walks –along the coast to kings caves, Goatfell (stunning) & trails around Brodick Castle. We all enjoyed the gorge walks and mountain boarding, Pony trekking up at North Sannox was lovely. Many thanks- we hope to return.”

Kevan, Sally, Laura & Joe Hampshire

“Wonderful holiday, lovely weather, beautiful cottage, so snug and comfy what more could we ask?”

Margaret and Frazer, Renfrew

Arran was beautiful, scenery, wildlife, rhododendrons at Brodick Castle. The cottage was a pefect base, spacious, warm and very well equipped. Thank you.

Ann and Walter, Hert

Shurig Cottage:

“Fantastic cottage – spent a great week in the mountains and cycling- memories of the view from Goatfell will last a long time.”

Gill Martin Dom & Luke, West Sussex

The photos on the web site don’t do Shurig Justice - by far the best holiday cottage we have stayed in. The location on the edge of the field is idyllic  and what a beautiful garden!

The Fergusons Edinburgh

Thank you so much Jim and Kate for a wonderful holiday cottage. So well equipped with everything We have been coming to Arran for years now- we love it s much! This place has topped the lot,. Thanks again.

The lundy Fam Glasgow

“Jim & Kate have created a home from home in these well equipped and comfortable cottages. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Arran, It’s been lovely to see the spectacular views. We hope to visit again soon.”

Linda and Allan, Terry and Tricia and families, London

“Heineken don’t do self catering but if they did they would probably do it to the standard of Hamilton Cottages! As friendly and well appointed as usual …. Look forward to our next visit.”

Margaret& Frazer,Kathleen&Maurice,Elizabeth&Ken, Erskine

The cottage was great- clean & contemporary yet comfy and cosy too. Fantastic smelling linen deserves a mention- we  all slept so well! Loved Arran. We will be back-Thanks Jim & Kate

The Bottomleys Glasgow

Ideal Accommodation for our family gathering. Cottages very well equipped and the setting was beautiful.”

Liz Pilkington, Oswaldtwistle

“Lovely cottage and very comfortable. We had a wonderful week. Geogina had a brilliant time travelling around the island, filling in her passport and collecting badges. David & Stella enjoyed the folk evenings at the various pubs!! Once again a fantastic time on this beautiful island.”

Dave,Kirston&Georgina W.Sussex

“Had a great holiday in this spotless and well equipped cottage. Arran and the weather were lovely.”

Helen,Phil,Rachel&Tom, Sheffield

“Wonderfully equipped and decorated cottage. Love the location.

The Rees ,Telford

A  wonderful Christmas on Arran. Accommodation was spotless. Thank you.

Mid Wales and York

Lovely cottage, lovely location added excitement of power cut over New Year. Many thanks Jim and Kate for kindness and warm welcome.

Newcastle upon Tyne

Fabulous Cottage , beautifully done. Lovely views in quite location, warm welcome from hosts.

Jillian & James Lanarkshire

Truly wonderful cottage, we loved it and want to come back soon. Many thanks for home from home.

M,D G A &L Dumfries

Thank You! What lovely cottages and what spot on hosts. Great holiday.

The Gemmells. Lochwinnoch

Fantastic Accommodation with top equipment we will be back soon.

The Croassants and Vernnes, Cognac, France

Great accommodation and so comfortable. The small “shop” for forgotten items is great idea. Loved the birds in the garden.

Thompsons Edinburgh

A Lovely cottage , beautifully maintained to a very high standard. First visit to Arran and very impressed hope to come back soon.

The Davis, Surrey

Excellent cottage- very high standard. Made to feel very welcome and had a wonderful family holiday. Will certainly recommend.

The Hawksworths, Yorkshire

Congratulations on a very comfortable and beautifully furnished cottage  Ideal for  our family.

Alexanders, Nottingham

Cottage was lovely , very clean and beautiful view from window. Arran is a lovely place and we have had a  wonderful holiday.

The Sellers and the Thomsons, Selkirkand and Kirriemuir

Had a super week. The cottage has been perfect and so comfortable and warm, spotlessly clean. We will be back.

The Trowell fam ,Harrogate

Cottage absolutely beautiful and so well equipped. Kids loved the garden. We Loved Arran and will definitely be back

Joyce and Michael, Saltcoats

There  is nothing else you could wish for in a holiday cottage.

Sticklands and Maxwells ,Surrey

A wonderful week spent golfing, walking, sight seeing. The cottage was everything we could have wished for and more, Spotlessly clean, comfortable with lots of additional touches that make it a real home from home.

The Mastertons Fife & Cumbernauld

The cottage has been an absolute delight. A pleasure to be in. The view was so peacful . Ten out of ten.

North  Yorkshire

Superbly well equipped cottage, very clean and spacious.

Cunnif Family, York

This is such a wonderful cottage to chill out in. Thank you Jim and Kate I’m sure we will be back again to enjoy your wonderful facilities and warm welcome.

D,M.G A&L Dumfries

We had a lovely week in Arran. Shurig Cottage is fantastic and has been a very comfortable home for the week . We will be back again!

The Evans Family, Coventry

We had a fabulous week in Arran. The cottage was very comfortable and so well equipped. Kate and Jim have thought of everything. We will be back!

B,S,C.J&P Middlesfield

Shepherd’s Cottage:

First visitors with cousins from Glasgow. Beautifully renovated cottage. I very much hope to come back in the next few years with my husband. Well done to Jim & Kate!

Sanderson-Sanita  Ontario, Canada.

Beautiful cottage. -one of the best we have ever stayed in -so  well converted, presented and well equipped.  Arran magical as ever- enjoyed  the walks, trip on the Waverly. Even the midges can’t spoil a good holiday. Hope to be back again.

Alison & Craig, Stockport.

A truly stunning cottage , a real holiday home.  J&K your attention to detail is brilliant.  Ella’s first visit to Arran, may she grow as fond of the island as we have.

The MacDonald’s, Perthshire.

Well equipped and laid out cottage was a pleasure to stay in for a fortnight. J&K you made us truly welcome and we felt very at home. Would not hesitate to recommend Hamilton Cottages who wants a good relaxing holiday. Thanks and well done!

Bob & Dorothea, South Lanarkshire

Great time, Cottage lovely. We’ll be back. Thanks for everything.

Docherty and Carver families, Dundee

Although regular visitors to Arran over many years, this was our first stay at this side of the island. The cottage is beautiful and has every comfort you could wish for. It has indeed been a pleasure to stay here. We will hopefully be back next year and for many more to come. The weather for the whole week matched the cottage-truly stunning! Many thanks

The Farrance and Kerr families,  North Lanarkshire

Beautiful cottage -very comfortable. Appreciated all the extras (e.g. Stereo, wifi, towels provided).  J&K very helpful.

Thank you.

Spence family, East Yorkshire

Everything we had hoped for. Convenient location for all that Arran has to offer. We would certainly recommend Shepherd’s Cottage.

Jon, Lindsay, Adara and Rhys

Fab stay, cottage a real home. Our first time on Arran and adored the place.

Bob, Keith and Charlie. Cheshire

Had a wonderful holiday. Cottage was fabulous- best we’ve ever stayed in on Arran. Golf at Shiskine great as ever. Hope to be back soon. Thanks

Lisa & paul , Gill& Barry. Glasgow

Two words to describe our experience  “Absolutely fabulous”  We’ll be back! P.S. Games room a real bonus!

Gavin & Hazel,  Cheshire

Beautiful, perfect cottage. Kate you’ve got gorgeous taste!

Nicola & david, Freya & Logan. Nr Glasgow

Delighted with the fantastic holiday cottage. Will be back and will recommend to friends& fam.

The McLarens Glasgow

Lovely accommodation. The best on the island I’m sure. The house had everything we needed. Much appreciated.

Laundry facilities & games room a bonus! Will recommend.

Fraser, Elain, Molly, Sarah, Poppy & Maisy, Ayrshire

Another beautiful Hamilton Cottage with everything you could wish for. Had a great holiday. Many thanks.The McLellan Family, South Lanarkshire

Lovely cottage, so comfortable-will be back again. Thanks for thinking of everything needed for a perfect time at the cottage.

The MacDonald and MacRury Families. Western Isles

Castle Gardens

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Jim or Kate Mackintosh at

01770 860711

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Hamilton Cottages,

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Isle of Arran,

KA27 8EW

E-mail:- hamiltoncottages@gmail.com

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