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Arran Coastal Way

N Ayrshire

100 km / 62 miles
The Arran Coastal Way encircles the island, running mainly at or near sea-level with two excursions inland, one rising to 630 m/2050 ft over the shoulder of Goat Fell, the island's highest mountain (874m/2867 ft). Despite its modest length (105 km/65 miles), the Way will take the average walker 6-8 days to complete, because some of the terrain is challenging and in a few places the route can be impassable at high tide.

Although all difficulties can be avoided by taking to the road, part of the route's appeal is its challenge and variety, ranging from easy footpath to scrambling over tidal boulderfields, with some cycle track and, on the west coast, sections of road-walking.

Starting from Brodick, it is recommended that the route be walked anti-clockwise however it is waymarked in both directions. It visits the villages of Sannox, Lochranza, Pirnmill, Blackwaterfoot, Lagg and Whiting Bay, from where an inland loop takes in Glenashdale Falls and Iron Age Fort, dropping to Lamlash and returning at sea-level via Corriegills Point to Brodick. Accommodation is available in most of these villages.

The Arran Coastal Way Project started in May 2014. A major award from Coastal Communities Fund and further valuable contributions from North Ayrshire Council, Visit Arran (Arran Trust) and Forestry Commission Scotland has meant the appointment of a project co-ordinator and 3-strong footpath team to undertake work over 2 years. Contractors will also be engaged in improving sections of the Way and signage and interpretation will be updated.

Re-routing of the Coastal Way around the seaward side of Drumadoon Point: this section of beautiful rugged coastline was previously missed out as the path swung inland after King's Cave and came to Blackwaterfoot across the Shiskine Golf Course. It is now possible to walk along the shore the whole way and come into Blackwaterfoot on one of the island's most stunning beach.


Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
Average Gradients
Start and Finish: NS021359 - Ferry Terminal, Brodick, N Ayrshire View on StreetMap
User Group: Arran Coastal Way Support Group Arran Coastal Way Support Group
Web Sites: Isle of Arran Coastal Way Arran Coastal Way - Brodick to Catacol Bay [YouTube video] Arran Coastal Way - Catacol Bay to Kilmory [YouTube video] Arran Coastal Way -Kilmory to Brodick [YouTube video] Camino Adventures - Guide to the Arran Coastal Way [blog] Walk Highlands - Arran Coastal Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Arran Coastal Way  (Rucksack Readers  - 2021 )
Guidebook Walking on Arran : the best low level walks and challenging mountain routes  (Cicerone Press  - 2016 )


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Bunk House

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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 62, 63, 68, 69
OS Landranger Active 62, 63, 68, 69
OS Explorer 357, 361, 362
OS Explorer Active 357, 361, 362
Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Superwalker map

Walking Support Providers:

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Baggage Handling (Arran Coastal Way Baggage Co)
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Baggage Handling and Self Guided Walks (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Absolute Escapes Ltd)
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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Mickledore Travel Ltd)

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Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Bunk House
< 1 km
9 km

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Route Profile:

105.3 km (65.4 miles)
2,093 m (6,867 ft) ascent
217 m (712 ft)  maximum height

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