This beach bar on a stunning Scottish island will make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean


Uncertainty around traveling abroad has been a recurring theme over the past few years but thankfully, there’s one Caribbean-style beach bar you won’t have to fly to get to. In fact, you can just take a ferry.

Taking just a short 55-minute from Ardrossan, the Island of Arran is a top tourist destination and for good reason. Especially when you consider that not only is it home to two whiskey distilleries, a brewery, an award-winning seafood restaurant and even a cheese shop but that you’ll also find a ‘hidden gem’ beach bar ready to transport you to sunnier climes , no matter the weather.

The ideal day trip from Glasgow, or even for a weekend away, Arran is perfectly located for a memorable staycation this summer.

Recently named one of the UK’s most beautiful island escapes by luxury travel magazine Suitcase, Arran is also home Arran Botanical Drinks, reports Glasgow Live.

Located near to the base of Goatfell and close to the majestic Brodick Castle, this beach hut bar at Cladach Beach looks out over the Firth of Clyde and allows you to sip on some delicious cocktails with your feet in the sand.

And the owners hit the nail on the head when they describe the one-of-kind-drink spot, saying: “You’ll forget you’re even in Scotland when you visit our Beach Bar.” They continue: “We make gin, cassis, botanical beers and serve them up to you in our cocktail bar on the beach.

“Eat and enjoy cocktails on the beach or book a tasting session and learn about cocktail-making, the Arran Botanical way.”

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But it’s not just for the summer months either – you can coorie down with a cozy fire when it starts to cool, with owners adding: “Under clear blue summer skies, you could be in the Med…. or in an Alpine ski lodge in the winter.”

On the drinks menu at the beach hut, you’ll find the likes of the Shop Arran Martini, Purple Haze and Sex On Cladach Beach. But – unsurprisingly – those lucky enough to have taken a trip to the unique bar have had plenty to rave about besides the drinks.

One recent visitor said: “What a spot to have a bar! Very bright, sunny day too so I thought I was on some Caribbean island. “You can’t miss it if you go up to Brodick Castle.”

Another review added: “This place was one of the best local independent bars. The view was amazing along with drink choices. “Very well priced and would recommend to everyone visiting Arran.”

If you’re looking to go somewhere a little ‘exotic’ this summer, this might be the place for you.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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