The Arran Coastal Way

12. The Arran Coastal Way

Een heerlijke wandelervaring rond het betoverende eiland Arran, dat ook Miniatuur Schotland genoemd wordt. De voormalige witte vissershuisjes in de kleine dorpjes liggen prachtig aan de kleine haventjes. Er zijn ook mooie zandstranden en grotten.  De kliffen met grillige pieken en diepe dalen doen denken aan de Schotse hooglanden terwijl de groene heuvels en weilanden lijken op de Schotse laaglanden. De route is 100 km. en gaat over kustpaden, bospaden en rustige weggetjes. Aan de kust ziet u vast zeehonden en in de heuvels leven veel arenden en buizerds. Er zitten stevige klimmen in deze route en delen gaan over keien en stenen langs het strand.

De aanbevolen optie is: 6 wandeldagen en 7 nachten

Day 1: Travel to Brodick and spend the evening at your first nights’ accommodation.

Day 2: Brodick to Sannox (8 miles / 13 km)  Leaving Brodick behind, the Arran Coastal Way begins by following the route to Goatfell, Arran’s highest and most popular peak. We recommend a climb to the top of this iconic mountain, which at just below 3000ft offers wonderful views over Arran, to Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre. An alternative path leads down to Corrie village and continues to Sannox.

Day 3: Sannox to Lochranza (9 miles / 14 km) From Sannox the route takes you along the beach; watch out for dolphins and basking sharks as you walk along the shore. Further on at Lagan Harbour is the site of the Centipede Trail and Salt Pans. The Way continues out to the Cock of Arran and to Newton Point before following the shore and the road into Lochranza, probably the most scenic of Arran’s villages. There are ferries from here to the Mull of Kintyre.

Day 4: Lochranza to Machrie (14 miles / 22 km) Leaving Lochranza the walk heads up the hill and follows the cliff tops, with wonderful views over Kilbrannan Sound and the Mull of Kintyre. Just south of Pirnmill it follows a rough path along the shore before rejoining the main road into Machrie. 

Day 5: Machrie to Kilmory (12 miles / 19 km) From Machrie continue south and follow a path until the King’s Cave comes into view. Robert the Bruce is believed to have used this path en-route to taking the Scottish crown in 1314.  The route follows the pebbled shore and the road past Doon Fort, an Iron Age Fort about 2,000 years old, before arriving at Blackwaterfoot, the largest settlement on the west coast. A rough path around Drumadoon Bay makes for tricky walking but the terrain becomes easier to Kilmory, a tiny village on the south coast. 

Day 6: Kilmory to Whiting Bay (8.5 miles / 13.5 km) The Coastal Way continues along the shore before reaching a boulder field and soon after, the Black Cave. The sea here comes right to the cave at high tide which will determine which route you follow from here. Eventually it continues along a path along the shore – this is a very pleasant walk and seals can invariably be seen on the rocks. An adventurous route follows the coastline around Dippen Head and on to Whiting Bay.

Day 7: Whiting Bay to Brodick (12 miles / 19 km) On the final day of your Arran Coastal Way walk, the route makes a steep climb out of Whiting Bay and reaches an airy platform with superb views of Glenashdale Falls. It follows a reconstructed path and then a cycle track to reach Lamlash. A path along the shore around Clauchlands Point and then Corriegills Point will eventually reach Brodick Pier and the end of the Coastal Way.

Day 8: Onward Travel