Rockview Cottage is located in the charming and historic harbour village of Corrie on Arran’s East coast, just six miles from the ferry terminal and the island’s main town of Brodick.
Small white cottages are strung out along the shoreline under Arran’s spectacular mountains, looking across a dramatic rocky coastline and two harbours to the wide, blue horizon of the Firth of Clyde and the Ayrshire coast. Inspiration for many artists and photographers, Corrie has been described as “the prettiest village in Europe”* and is a haven for lovers of wildlife, as frequent visitors include deer, red squirrels, otters, basking sharks, dolphins, seals, and a wide variety of sea birds.
Corrie has long been a popular holiday destination and was frequently visited by the Clyde steamers as they circumnavigated the island. Rockview Cottage is in the the oldest part of the village, which is now a conservation area, and the cottage is named for the lovely views along the coast to the “Ferry Rock” where the steamer passengers would embark and disembark by rowing boat.
The name “Corrie” is derived from the Gaelic “an coire”, meaning a curved hollow, and the history of the village is closely linked with its geology. A distinctive red sandstone, used to construct many fine buildings in Scotland, was quarried here and the larger of the two harbours is still known as the “Sandstone Harbour”. Lime was also extracted and processed in cliff caves and the limekilns can still be seen behind the wood carver’s workshop. The undulating coastline is now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and groups of geology students can often be seen studying the shoreline.
The Corrie Hotel which is a short (and very pretty) walk along the coast from Rockview, has a public bar where you will often find live music, a breezy beer garden overlooking the sea and lunches and evening meals are served. The village also enjoys a take-away seafood bar/deli, but for general shopping the busy town of Brodick is a short drive or bus ride away. Corrie has a church and a village hall where there are communal activities including a film club, fetes and exhibitions.
Corrie and the adjoining village of Sannox offer plenty of activities including hill walking and rock climbing, pony trekking, fishing and a scenic 9-hole golf course. The seashore offers great rock-pools, including a eccentric man-made bath cut into the coastal rock formation by an 18th century resident doctor. Rockview Cottage is just a short walk from the historic clachan of High Corrie and the path to Arran’s highest peak Goatfell, and is within easy access of the lovely sandy Sannox beach.
*according to H.H.Asquith