Arran Coastal Way - Highlands
Brodick to Blackwaterfoot in 3 Days Walking Reisecode: ACH4
A point to point walk over three days taking on the northern section of Arran, with the option of climbing Goat Fell, the highest peak on the island. Passing through some spectacular coastal scenery with a good chance of seeing deer and seals along the way.
|Tag 1||Nach Brodick für die erste Übernachtung fahren|
|Tag 2||Brodick - Lochranza||17||27|
|Tag 3||Lochranza - Pirnmill||7||11|
|Tag 4||Pirnmill - Blackwaterfoot||11||18|
|Tag 5||Ab Blackwaterfoot nach dem Frühstück abfahren|
Brodick to Corrie
After a brief walk along the main road in Brodick you then walk along the beach, cutting through the golf course, before picking up the road again at Strabane. Follow the main road north until you reach Cladach where the outdoor shop is located in case you need any last minute purchases before hitting the trail. After a short climb from Cladach you have the choice of continuing on up Goat Fell, or a more leisurely walk through the forest. The forest trail saves about 1.5 miles and 1600 feet of climbing and is therefore suitable for those wanting a less strenuous walk, or in bad weather (the path up Goat Fell is not signposted). We also recommend the forest trail for those walking from Brodick to Lochranza in one day. Both trails take you back to the coast road and into Corrie.
Corrie to Lochranza
Leaving Corrie it is a short walk to Sannox. From Sannox cross over the stepping stones at Sannox Burn and continue along the beach – looking out for dolphins and basking sharks! If the tide is out you can cross the stream at the north end of the beach to access the picnic site, or head up the bank of the stream to cross at the bridge if the burn is impassable on the beach. From the picnic site continue around the coast passing Fallen Rocks, Laggan Harbour, The Cock of Arran, and Scriodan Rock Fall. The Coastal Way Project has recently improved the path through Scriodan Rock Fall making it much easier to negotiate, especially in wet weather. The path then leads around to Lochranza passing Hutton’s Unconformity to the north of Newtown Point. There is also an escape route from Laggan Cottage just after Laggan Harbour.
Lochranza to Pirnmill
Upon leaving Lochranza on the coast road immediately head up the track leading to the cliff tops overlooking the north shore and follow the trail to Catacol. This section has recently been upgraded by the Arran Coastal Way team. From Catacol follow the road as it swings southwards towards Pirnmill.
Pirnmill to Blackwaterfoot
After Pirnmill follow the rocky shoreline to the south side of Imachar brae where you re-join the road heading south toward Machrie. As you head out of Machrie eventually pass King’s Cave where, it is believed, Robert the Bruce stayed en route to taking the Scottish crown in 1314. The path then continues south past Doon Fort, a 2000 year old Iron Age fort, before heading into Blackwaterfoot.
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.|