The 10 Walks

 

1. Giant’s Trail – Brodick

  • Start – Brodick castle – visitor centre
  • Distance – 2 miles / 3.2 km (return trip)
  • Time – 1 hr 20 minutes

A quirky, faerie land type walk in Merkland Wood near Brodick Castle. Both the natural sculpture of the rock shelf within the wood and the man-made sculptures of Tim Pomeroy which punctuate the route, make it an excellent walk for children.

2. Cnocan Gorge – Brodick

  • Start – Behind Wineport Inn – Goatfell track
  • Distance – 1.6 miles / 2.6 km (round trip)
  • Time – 1 hour

A woodland walk that takes in different types of scenery; the cultivated woodland of Brodick Castle the rugged beauty of the gorge and the panoramic views of Glen Rosa. A varied and interesting walk.

3. The Fisherman’s walk – Brodick

  • Start – Brodick beach – gift shop
  • Distance – 2 miles / 3.2 km (return trip)
  • Time – 1 hr 10 minutes

An easy and scenic walk skirting the shoreline of Brodick beach, taking you towards Cladach. Probably the best view of Goatfell on the island and definitely the best shopping with the iconic brands of Arran Cheeses, Arran Aromatics and the Arran Brewery if you choose to stop off halfway at Cladach beach.

4. Glen Dubh – Brodick – Auchrannie

  • Start – 1 Auchrannie Road shops area
  • Distance – 3 miles / 4.8 km (return trip). **Short option – Distance – 2 miles / 3.2 km (return trip)
  • Time – 2 hours. ***Short option – Time – 1 hr 30 mins

A walk through some of the older and less cultivated woodland in Arran. The walk takes in the Cloy/Dubh ford, multicoloured mosses and lichens abound and it finally opens out onto a stunning view of Glen Dubh . The short option of the walk takes you to the Ford – ideal for the less fit and also suitable for children.

5. Glen Rosa – Brodick

  • Start – Entrance to Glen Rosa campsite
  • Distance – 3 miles / 4.8 km (return trip)
  • Time – 1 hr 30 mins

If you had only one day in which to see Arran, this would be the walk to do. From the soft green hills at the start, to the rocks and cataracts of Rosa Water in the middle and the stark mountain scenery by the Blue Pool at the end; this gives a taste of everything Arran has to offer.

6. Glenashdale Falls – Whiting Bay

  • Start – Near Ashdale bridge, Whiting Bay – walk is signposted
  • Distance – 3 miles / 4.8 km (round trip)
  • Time – 1 hour 30 mins

This is an opportunity to see some of the native woodland of Arran, as well as the stepped waterfall of Glenashdale. Watch out for the red squirrels and there’s the remains of an Iron Age fort for good measure.

7. Kingscross Point – Whiting Bay

  • Start – Whiting Bay Church, Sandbraes
  • Distance – 3 miles / 4.8 km (round trip)
  • Time – 2 hours

A walk along a mixture of back roads, footpaths and farmtracks to what is both a historic site and a beauty spot. It is named for Robert the Bruce and has both the remains of a Viking fort and the imprints of the burning of a Viking chief in his boat here. There’s a wonderful view of the Holy Island from the rock promontory and a scattering of gems of wee beaches along the headland. What more could you ask for?

8. King’s Cave – Blackwaterfoot

  • Start – Torr Righ Forest – Forestry Commission car park for King’s cave.
  • Distance – 3 miles / 4.8 km (round trip)
  • Time – 2 hours

A round trip walk of three parts. The first part is an ascending track skirting the edge of the Torr Righ forest, with magnificent views over the Kilbrannan Sound; the second part is a walk along the coast to the King’s Cave, where Robert the Bruce met the famous spider; and the final part cuts through the forest past a lochan to loop back to the start.

9. Drumadoon Cliff – Blackwaterfoot

  • Start – Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club
  • Distance – 2 miles / 3.2 km (return trip)
  • Time – 2 hours

A walk that combines the sublime and ridiculous. It takes you to Drumadoon Cliff, a rock face of towering basalt columns, then down to the shore, which has become populated with hundreds of columns of pebbles balanced on top of each other. Drumadoon Shore is very interesting and has several sheltered coves to sit in and explore. An easy walk with just one steep bit down the cliff path.

10. Machrie Moor – Machrie

  • Start – 1 mile from Machrie – signposted farm track
  • Distance – 3 miles / 4.8 km (return trip)
  • Time – 2 hours

An evocative (and eerie) walk. Machrie Moor has not one, but several rings of stones, including a ring of standing stones, chambered cairns and hut circles. One of the richest historical sites on the island and a link with the civilisation that lived and died here in the shadow of Goatfell.