Articles by Noble Wordsmiths and associates
The beautiful Bluebell Hotel gardens were designed and landscaped by Andrew Downing Jackson, an American horticulturist, who when travelling Europe in 1850, was commissioned to create the spectacular grounds that are unchanged to this day.
He was a celebrity of his time and his book ‘Cottage Residences’ (1842) was widely read and influenced a lot of romantic architecture within the British countryside’s garden design.
Take a stroll beyond the gardens to the 110 acres of woodland and parkland that is great for the whole family (dogs included) and enjoy the fine Scottish air with rich fragrant aromas of Spear Thistle and the sweet tropical scent of Gorse.
Wildlife is abundant and you can expect to see iconic Scottish species such as red squirrels, otters, common seals, red deer and golden eagles. (Tours can be arranged through reception). While travelling around the island visitors can discover prehistoric remains, stone circles, mystical castles, large caves and sheltered harbours.
Glen Rosa (Scotland) is fairly low-lying and is great for trekkers, ramblers and strollers. There are flowing streams, deep pools and waterfalls that all add to the rugged but accessible locale.
The Island of Arran’s cherished landscape is only 20 miles long and 10 miles wide. The Hotel is only 6 minutes drive, or 30 minutes walk to the village of Brodick with its spectacular bay that is well worth a look. Brodick itself is situated under the magnificence of the towering Goat Fell.
Set against the backdrop of Goat Fell Mountain – Brodick Castle and its grounds that stretch from the shore to the highest peak on Arran, offer a fantastic day out with woodland trails, wildlife ponds and the Island Country Park. The castle itself offers its own riches including period furniture, silverware, porcelain and paintings that make for an interesting trip back in time.
Glen Rosa is only two miles from the main ferry port of Brodick. Tickets can be bought online in advance. There is also a ‘turn up and go’ service for last minute bookings.
Glen Rosa offers visitors’ peace and tranquillity, while being just a stone’s throw away from the village of Brodick.