Arran Coastal Way - Lowlands
Blackwaterfoot to Brodick in 3 Days Walking Reisecode: ACL4
A three day point to point walk around the southern ‘Lowlands’ section of Arran. Depending on the tides,the more adventurous can take the coastal path all the way. When the tides are high, or for easier underfoot conditions, follow the alternative routes on a combination of rocky shoreline, roads and forest paths visiting the impressive Glenashdale Falls along the way
|Tag 1||Nach Blackwaterfoot für die erste Übernachtung fahren|
|Tag 2||Blackwaterfoot - Lagg||8||13|
|Tag 3||Lagg - Whiting Bay||10||16|
|Tag 4||Whiting Bay - Brodick||14||23|
|Tag 5||Ab Brodick nach dem Frühstück abfahren|
Blackwaterfoot to Lagg
Leaving Blackwaterfoot the path heads south along the shore past the Preaching Cave. A stretch of road walking follows, returning to the shore for a brief section before reaching Lagg/ Kilmory
Avoids Cleat’s Shore – Scotland’s only naturist beach!
Lagg to Whiting Bay
You have various options to get from Lagg to Whiting Bay which are dependant on the tide and your ability.
From Lagg you continue along the beach until you reach a boulder field and then Black Cave at Bennan Head. This section is not passable at high tide and there is an alternate road route if the tide is high or you wish to avoid the boulder field. The route continues along the shore to Kildonan where you may be lucky enough to spot seals and otters.
For those who did not find the boulders at Black Cave challenging enough, and if the tide is in your favour, the route then proceeds through another boulder field around Dippen Head and Largybeg Point before an easier walk into Whiting Bay.
The first deviation is just before Black Cave, leaving the trail at Shannochie and walking along the road to Kildonan.
The second deviation turns inland at Kildonan and follows a farm and forest tracks to the Giants’ Grave to visit the chambered cairn.
Whiting Bay to Lamlash
The main trail heads inland at the southern end of Whiting Bay and heads towards Glenashdale Falls. The trail then leads past another Iron Age fort and then continues along the Kilmory-Lamlash cycle track.
The alternate route takes you through Whiting Bay and around Kingscross Point (passable at low tide) past an Iron Age Hill Fort and Viking Grave before it meets the main trail at Lamlash.
Lamlash – Brodick
After Lamlash you continue along the shore past Clauchlands Point and on to Corriegills Point where you head inland up one last climb before you join the road leading into Brodick
There are a few rocky sections along this route which should be easy enough to tackle for most reasonably fit people. The first day over Goat Fell has a sheer drop on one side on the descent and a river crossing via stepping stones, this can be avoided in bad weather or for people with vertigo by taking the low route. The paths along the shore are not always clear but as the route follows the coast it is hard to get lost.
Terrain: A coastal path with a mostly rocky shoreline, some road sections (not very busy) and forest tracks. Depending on the tide the route can be sandy or shingly with some boulder fields that are slow going.
What’s it like underfoot? Good paths and tracks, although the coastal paths can be rocky, a few sections can get muddy after heavy rain.
How Much Up & Down? Mostly flat, apart from the Goat Fell option which involves a climb of 874 meters (there is a get out at 630 meters). The alternative forest route between Lagg and Whiting Bay rises up to 250 meters.
Signposting: There is little signposting on the route.
Navigation: A compass is required if you do the Goat Fell section – the map is sufficient for the coastal paths.
Weather: You may be lucky enough to encounter warm, dry weather over the whole route and enjoy dry paths and tremendous views, but you must be prepared because the weather can change quickly. Good clothing and waterproofs are essential, but don't forget you sunhat, sunblock and shorts!
|Accommodation||Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs.Full English or Continental breakfast.|
|Guidebook||A detailed guidebook with route information, maps, photos and background information.|
|Information of Services Along the Route||A comprehensive Service Info sheet, including services such as cash points, banks, post offices, village shops, inns, cafes and taxis.|
|Maps||A Ordnance Survey Explorer (1:25000) map covering the whole route.|
|Personal Itinerary||A personal itinerary setting out each overnight stop, including large scale maps of each accommodation, to ensure you find it easily.|
|Emergency Telephone Support||If you get in to difficulties during your holiday, we are always available to help, even out of office hours.|
|15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors||We will issue you with a 15% Discount Card valid at all Cotswold Outdoor stores, and online, for the whole year on confirmation of your booking.|
|Luggage Transport||We will transfer your luggage between each overnight stop – if you leave your luggage at the accommodation when you set off in the morning, it will be moved on to your next B&B. You only need to carry a small day sack with the clothes and provisions you require during the day’s walk.|
| Packed Lunches
||Provided for each day’s walking and recommended on this holiday as there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route.|
|Off Road Parking||If you are travelling by car we can usually arrange off road parking for the duration of your trip. (There may be a small charge for this).|
What’s not Included
|Evening Meals||Your evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations for each evening meal in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant, or where there is good food available at the accommodation, we’ll book that for you. Allow about £20.00 per night.|
|Transport to the Start & Away from the Finish||Have a look at the „Travel Info“ tab above for suggestions. If you’re still struggling, get in touch and we’ll help you sort it out.|