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Detailed Itinerary for
Walking holiday in Scotland on
The Arran Coastal Way
6 days 7 nights

Arran Coastal Way
On this walking holiday around the coastal path of the Scottish Island of Arran, see castles, caves, standing stones and a variety of wildlife. Situated in the sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran is the most southerly and the most accessible of all the Scottish islands. Just a short ferry ride across the Firth of Clyde it is a favourite destination for hikers throughout the year. The Arran Coastal Way is a continuous 61 mile circular walking trail around this beautiful Scottish island, often described as "Scotland in Miniature". The north of Arran is ruggedly mountainous with granite peaks and deep glens resembling the best Scottish Highland scenery, whereas the south of Arran is gentler with low lying farmland, woodland and moorland.

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Suggested Tour Duration:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
61 miles
Min/max daily distance:
8/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles

The Arran Coastal Way walking holiday

This magnificent self guided walking holiday combines many varied habitats, a fascinating mixture of seaside paths, forest hiking trails, tidal beaches and rolling hills. Although mostly at low level, it includes some occasional rock scrambling and an optional hike over the Arran's highest mountain, Goat Fell. All around there are spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde to the east and the Kintyre Peninsula in the west.

Day 1: Arrive Brodick, Isle of Arran     
To start your walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way walking trail you make your own way to Ardrossan, Scotland to catch the ferry to Brodick for your first night's accommodation. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way. The ferry sails approximately six times per day with a journey time of one hour.
Ardrossan to Arran ferry on self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way in Scotland
Day 2: Walk Brodick to Sannox     8 miles
Walking on from Brodick perhaps take time to visit Brodick Castle, a rare example of a medieval defensive castle later converted into a comfortable family country house. The hiking trail then leads to within 244m of the summit of the highest mountain on Arran, Goat Fell (874m) with wonderful views if you climb to the top. Descend to the village of Corrie and walk the short distance by road to Sannox. There is an easier low-level route available from Brodick to Sannox.
Brodick Castle on self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way in Scotland
Day 3: Walk Sannox to Lochranza       9 miles    
A day of coastal walking passing the Fallen Rocks, a massive fall of large rocks which fell from the cliffs. Hiking on there are beautiful views over the Firth of Clyde to the Scottish islands of Bute and Cumbrae and the walking trail continues to the most northerly point of the Arran, a huge rock called the "Cock of Arran". Hiking over Scriodan Rock Fall may involve some rock scrambling at high tide and it is now only a short walk to Lochranza.
Sannox on self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way in Scotland
Lochranza Castle on self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way in Scotland Day 4: Lochranza to Machrie         14 miles
Perhaps visit Lochranza Scotch whisky Distillery and ruined Lochranza Castle before hiking out of the village on the hill walking path. It descends to the road at Catacol Bay and from here there is 7.5km of road walking beside the sea to the village of Pirmill. Walking along beach to Imachar and then hiking on the lane to Machrie. You then catch the local bus to the village of Blackwaterfoot for your overnight accommodation.
Machrie Moor Stones on self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way in Scotland
Day 5: Machrie to Lagg        12 miles     
You return by the local bus to Machrie to start today's walking. There are several interesting sea caves and an iron-age fort on the Arran Coastal Way from Machrie to Blackwaterfoot. From Blackwaterfoot the walking trail stays close to the water. The Arran Coastal Way joins the main road at Sliddery and from there it is 3km hike to the Lagg Hotel.
Whiting Bay on self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way in Scotland Day 6: Lagg to Whiting Bay         10 miles
A strenuous walking day with some agility and stamina required to hike across two boulder fields, only passable at low tide. It is an interesting walk always close to the sea: pass the large rock outside Black Cave and watch the basking seals on the way to ruined Kildonan Castle.
Glenashdale Falls on self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way in Scotland
Day 7: Whiting Bay to Brodick         8 miles    
Walking on from Whiting Bay the Arran Coastal Way goes inland on forest trails to Glenashdale Falls. It continues north through the forest to reach Monamore Glen and from there enjoy lovely views over Lamlash Bay to Holy Isle. From Lamlash the walk returns to the coast for the final scenic 8km hike to Brodick.
Arran on self-guided walking holiday on Arran Coastal Way in Scotland
Day 8: Depart after Breakfast or extend your holiday walking and spend some time exploring more of The Island of Arran. You return to the Scottish mainland by the Brodick to Ardrossan ferry.
This walking holiday on the Arran Coastal Way in Scotland operates between April and September and can be combined with any of our other hiking tours.

Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the path you want to walk.

The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.

What's included
in your Walking Holiday in Scotland
on the Arran Coastal Way:

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • OS 1:25,000 map
  • guide to Arran Coastal Way
Arran Coastal Way guide book

Optional Extras
for your Walking Holiday in Scotland
on the Arran Coastal Way:

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Arran Coastal Way 8 day itinerary:
6 days walking and 7 nights accommodation
single occ
solo traveller
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Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability                  Supplement per person per night
Brodick Double/Twin Single
Douglas Hotel £54.58 £109.00
Douglas Hotel half board £77.84 £129.00
Lochranza Double/Twin Single
Lochranza Hotel £14.68 £20.00
Lagg Double/Twin Single
Lagg Hotel £9.78 £60.00
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