Sannox Bay and Goatfell on the Arran Coastal Way

Arran Coastal Way

Overview

Beach near Laggan Cottage, Arran Coastal Way

Introduction to the Arran Coastal Way

The Arran Coastal Way is a stunning circular route around the beautiful Isle of Arran. It is a challenging 65 mile trek, packed with magnificent scenery and amazing wildlife. Enjoy fabulous coastal walking around the entire island and complete the journey by reaching the summit of it’s highest mountain, Goatfell. Arran is often referred to as “Scotland in miniature” and this trek certainly has a little bit of everything that makes trekking in Scotland so fantastic.

Seal resting on a rock on Arran

Highlights of the Arran Coastal Way

  • Complete a full circuit of one of Scotland’s most beautiful Islands.
  • Amazing coastal wildlife; you may see seals, otters and a variety of sea birds.
  • Caves and rock formations, including King’s Cave, Black Cave and Preachers Cave.
  • Reaching the summit of Goatfell, the highest mountain on the island.

path through boulders on the arran coastal way

What's Included with this Holiday

Accommodation for 7 nights
6 Days walking
A Qualified Mountain Leader
A Full Information Pack
Maximum group size of 10
Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
Free pick up and drop off to Brodick Ferry Port

Is the Arran Coastal Way Right For Me?

We have had a great variety of people successfully enjoy treks of this difficulty and we get a mix of age ranges and abilities.

We rate this trek 3.5/5 on our difficulty scale – similar to the West Highland Way. This is a coastal trail with some rougher ground underfoot. Although the daily distances are less than something like the WHW this is offset by tricky pathless sections, where good balance when walking/hopping over coastal boulders and rocks is required. There is also the ascent of Goat Fell to keep in mind; from sea level to just below Munro height on the summit, and down again, it is very much a hill day. There is an option for a lower-level alternative on the final day and your guides will give you all the options throughout the trek.

You will require a reasonable level of fitness, but it is an achievable trek for someone new to long-distance walking.

Arran Coastal Way Gallery

Arran Coastal Way Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

Each night you will be staying in Brodick, the main town on the Isle of Arran. Despite this the transfers to the start and from the end of each day of walking are still short. Therefore, you will be able to relax in just one base for the entire holiday while getting to explore the island to the full. Every day you will be guided by your qualified and friendly walking guide while all the logistics of your trek are taken care of by your trek manager.

The Mountains of Arran

Day 1: Arrive in Brodick

This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to Brodick on The Isle of Arran. Travelling to Arran is surprisingly simple, there are fantastic transport links. From Glasgow Central Train Station you can get a train straight to Ardrossan, where you can get the ferry over to Arran. For those travelling by air, the nearest airport is Glasgow International, from which you can get a shuttle bus into Glasgow city centre whereby the train station is easy to access. Once you have arrived in Brodick if you would like a lift to your accommodation this can usually be arranged, just let us know. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.

Accommodation Brodick

Day 2: Walking to Lochranza

Today is the first day of our journey around the Isle of Arran and we begin at Sannox Bay. This beautiful beach is the perfect start to our adventure and will also mark the end in 6 days time. We will head away from the beach on excellent paths giving beautiful views over the sea towards mainland of Scotland. After following the River Sannox through a pretty woodland the path turns into a wider land rover track offering easy walking through Leac Gharbh. This path takes us to the interesting rock formations of Fallen Rocks whereby the path becomes more narrow and softer underfoot to Millstone Point and caves. After a magnificent lunch stop near Laggan we will continue on rougher ground. While the path is still obvious it twists and winds it way through rockier terrain and provides a great contrast to this morning’s walking. As we reach the end of the day the path becomes gentle and wide once again. We will soon be greeted by views of the small coastal village, Lochranza. Distance: 9 miles/14.5 km; Ascent: 300m.

Accommodation Brodick

Day 3: Walking to Machrie

Today we will begin by passing Lochranza Castle. This interesting hall house extends into Loch Ranza on a small peninsula, giving the impression that it is actually in the loch itself. From here a small ascent takes us on to the hillside, which we will contour round to gain magnificent views of Catacol Bay. Once we drop down to sea level we have a section of road walking to complete before joining the coast again at Rubha Airigh Bheirg. A further section of road walking will bring us to Whitefarland Point. This is perhaps the highlight of the day, a beautiful coastal section with glorious views. However, do be aware that the walking here is awkward underfoot. We will take our time as we negotiate a section of boulder-hopping. One further section of road walking takes us in to Machrie, where we will finish for the day. While today does include significant sections of road walking, it is well worth it to access the beautiful coastal path in between. Distance: 14 miles/22.5 km; Ascent: 370m.

Accommodation Brodick

Day 4: Walking to Lagg

Today we will start with just a short section along the road before descending down the edge of a forest and back onto the coastal path. This is a fabulous section of the walk whereby the coastal path explores a famous area of caves. The highlight of which is King’s Cave. King’s Cave is vast and we can even go inside for a better look. From here the path continues along an awkward boulder field. However, the views up ahead of the basalt crags of The Doon make the walk well worth the effort. After walking along the sandy beach of Drumadoon Bay we will reach Blackfootwater, a likely lunch stop. From here, we will follow an awkward path along the beach round Kilpatrick Point and past a series of beautiful rock formations and caves. One of which, The Preaching Cave, was once used as a church after the clearances in 1843. As we continue further on the path becomes rockier and so we will take our time as we weave through the boulders until we reach a wide, flat grassy area. The path here can be boggy at times as we make our way to Sliddery Water. Sliddery Water is a rather notorious river crossing, wearing your sandals and rolling up your trousers is well recommended. There is an alternative route for anyone wishing to skip the river (or for when it’s in high water). From here a short and easy section takes us to Lagg where we will finish for the day. For some this may be the hardest day of the trek due to the nature of the trail, but with so much to see and explore it is also perhaps one of the best. Distance: 12 miles/19.5 km; Ascent: 280m.

Accommodation Brodick

Day 5: Walking to Whiting Bay

Today we will begin by making our way straight back onto the coast. The walking at first is very easy going along the beach itself before making use tracks which become a little less obvious the further we go. As we begin to approach the impressive Bennan Head the walking will weave through boulders once more. After passing an incredible waterfall we will reach the massive opening of Black Cave. Black Cave is the largest cave in Arran, it is 80ft high, 40ft wide and 100ft deep! Next, we have a tricky section of cliff to walk around, this is more difficult in higher tides and so we will structure the day to ensure we are not walking past during high tide itself. The awkward boulders continue, probably the most difficult section to negotiate, but it will not be long until we are on a flat grassy section once more. The walking here is easy as we pass yet another stunning waterfall and walking towards the beach. From here the peak of Ailsa Craig can be seen and for those who are very lucky a large seal colony can be spotted basking on the rocks! From Kildonan we are going to take the inland route of The Isle of Arran Coastal Way. This section gains a little height and so gives us spectacular views over to Holy Island. We will pass the Giant's Graves before heading down into the forest and to Whiting Bay itself. Distance: 9 miles/14.5 km; Ascent: 350m.

Accommodation Brodick

Day 6: Walking to Brodick

We will start the day by following the Glenashdale Burn as is winds its way through the forest to the impressive Glenashdale Falls. From here we be will on an excellent forest track all the way to Lamlash, whereby we will stop for lunch. From the forest track we will gain excellent views down to the coast and across to Holy Island. As we proceed, we will gain our first views of Goatfell from the Arran Coastal Way, this is a great landmark which we will continue to gain glimpses of throughout the day as we approach closer and closer. Once in Lamlash we will follow a short section of road along the coast which will soon turn into a good track. We will take this around Clauchlands Point whereby we will the begin to ascend the hillside to stay in the inland route. This route once again offers stunning views of the coastline below as we head up to the viewpoint and hill fort of Dun Fionn. From here we will descend excellent tracks and pass through easy fields until we reach Brodick itself. Distance: 12 miles/19.5 km; Ascent: 480m.

Accommodation Brodick

Day 7: Walking to Sannox Bay

The last day of our journey will take us to the summit of Goatfell. This 874m mountain is the highest point on the island and no trek to Arran would be complete without a walk to the top. We will start from Brodick and follow the road to the Arran Brewery. From here our ascent will begin. We will head up through the forest until the view opens up and we will see the spectacular mountain in front of us. Do not worry, we will take our time to walk to the summit and are well aware for many this may be their very first mountain. It is a popular walk and so for perhaps the first time this week you may be on a busier path as we make our way to the summit to enjoy great views of the island. Our path down is less popular, although still an excellent track, and so gives us chance once again to enjoy the peace of the Arran Coastal Way. Once we reach the road you have the option to celebrate the completion of your trek or for those who want to walk the full circumference of the island, we will walk the final miles along the road back to our start point in Sannox Bay. Distance: 9 miles/14.5 km; Ascent: 910m.

Accommodation Brodick

Arran Coastal Way Accommodation Options

For this trek you will stay in the same accommodation all week meaning you can get well settled in. We’ll transfer you to and from each day as needed.

Example of a B&B Room

Bed & Breakfast

The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.

Hotel (Brodick)

If you are looking for a little more luxury with your accommodation you can book hotel accommodation with this trip. You will be provided a spacious modern en-suite room in a seafront hotel. Breakfast is included in this package.

Facilities in Brodick

Brodick is a small Scottish town on the eastern side of the island and has a variety of shops including a Co-Op supermarket, pharmacy, outdoor shop. There is also a range of places you can eat from pubs and restaurants to takeaways.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2024 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Saturday 22nd June 2024 to Saturday 29th June 20244 spaces left
Saturday 7th September 2024 to Saturday 14th September 20244 spaces left
2025 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Sunday 1st June 2025 to Sunday 8th June 2025Spaces

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

Future Dates

Our trekking calendar is released a year in advance each spring. Keep an eye on the 'Year Planner' in the menu above, or send us a request for an email alert when the latest calendar is published. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you, do feel free to get in contact with us to suggest a date

Pricing

Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £1199 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £1199.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £40 per night single supplement (£280 in total).

Price for Hotel (Brodick):

The price of this trip is £1499 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £300 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £1499.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £80 per night single supplement (£560 in total).

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

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What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.