Arran Coastal Way - Southern part
Blackwaterfoot to Brodick in 4 Days Walking Code: ACL5
Start in the seaside village of Blackwaterfoot and follow the rocky shoreline and forestry paths round the south of Arran, before visiting the seaside towns of Whiting Bay and Lamlash. Look out for the dramatic island of Ailsa Craig, further down the Firth of Clyde, and enjoy views over Kintyre. There are 3 options on the southern part of the walk depending on the number of miles you wish to walk each day.
A four 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.
|Day 1||Travel to Blackwaterfoot for your first nights accommodation|
|Day 2||Blackwaterfoot to Lagg||8||13|
|Day 3||Lagg to Whiting Bay||10||16|
|Day 4||Whiting Bay to Lamlash||7||11|
|Day 5||Lamlash to Brodick||7||11|
|Day 6||Depart from Brodick after breakfast|
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 several rocky sections along this route which should be easy enough to tackle for most reasonably fit people. 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. As some sections are impassable at high tide it is important to check the tides before setting off. If in doubt use the alternative routes.
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 and can be tiring. Consider an itinerary with shorter days than you would normally choose to allow for this.
What’s it like underfoot? A mixture of road, rocky shoreline (which can be slippery after high tide or in wet weather) forest tracks and some constructed paths. A few sections may be 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 your 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.|
We have a variety of accommodation on Arran, including small country house hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and farm house accommodation. In selecting the accommodation we look for helpful, friendly hosts with good quality, characterful accommodation close to the trail. We always try to arrange en suite accommodation, i.e. rooms with their own bathrooms for each night of your stay. However, in some of the more remote locations accommodation is limited and occasionally we may have to book rooms with shared bathrooms for one or two nights of your holiday, (especially if the booking is made at short notice), but we will always let you know if this is likely to be the case.
Air travel via Prestwick Airport (PIK) is another option and here you take a train from the airport to Kilwinning (KWN) railway station. Then change at Kilwinning and catch the train to Ardrossan ferry terminal.
By Public Transport: Head to Glasgow Central (GLC) via the West Coast Maine Line then onto Ardrossan Harbour (ADS) to get the ferry.
By Car: M6 northbound – at Gretna A74(M) to Abingdon, M74 to Glasgow – M8 until Glasgow Airport then A737 then follow signs to Ardrossan. Then ferry to Arran, if you are leaving your car at Ardrossan parking charges apply.
Ferry: Ardrossan – Caledonian MacBrayne ferries – crossing take 1 hour. If you are bringing your car to Arran then you need to book ahead. Call CalMac on 0800 066 5000 or book tickets via this link: calmac
Bus: Bus to Blackwaterfoot, a bus timetable will also be included in your holiday pack.
Ferry: Brodick- Ardrossan – Caledonian MacBrayne ferries – crossing take 1 hour.
Brodick is the capital of Arran, centered round the ferry port and beach. Visit the castle and gardens, have a tour of the brewery, or visit the Isle of Arran Heritage museum. If the weather's good, have a well earned day off on the beach, or have a round of golf! There is a great walk up Goat Fell, the highest mountain on the island, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and across the sea, from the summit.