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Arran Coastal Way

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  • Duration: 6 or 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily 1st April to 30th September
  • Location: Brodick, Isle of Arran
Tour Details

The Arran Coastal Way is a fascinating 65 mile/105km coastal walking holiday around one of Scotland’s most famous islands which is often described as Scotland in miniature. The Arran Coastal Way combines coastal paths, forest tracks, roads and stretches of beach to encircle the island. You will walk along beautiful coastal stretches, have the option to climb Goat Fell for a spectacular view of the Island. There are lots to see on the island including the Machrie Moor Stone Circle which are Bronze Age standing stones. You will also get to see some amazing wildlife such as wild deer, seals and possibly porpoises.

Arran is only one hour by ferry from the mainland of Scotland and after your ferry journey, you will check into your accommodation in Brodick for 2 nights. After your second night in Brodick, you will then walk from Sannox to Lochranza where you will see fantastic views, here we have ourselves seen porpoises basking in the shallow waters.. You will then continue along the Arran Coastal Way making your way south down the west side of the island to Lagg via Blackwaterfoot. This is a wonderful stretch opposite the Mull of Kintyre. Finally, you will start to make your way North again via Whiting Bay and back to Brodick. Here you have the option to stay in Brodick (7-night tour) or depart straight after your walk (6 nights)

Hooked on Walking offers 2 itineraries for you to choose from. You can choose to do our 7-night tour or our 6-night tour. We have made sure that your overnight stopovers are not in front of you which means you are never seeing the views and walks before you have walked them yourself. We think that this is very important.

If you want to explore other islands in this area why not check out our Island Hopping Holiday which is also 7 nights.

Starting Location

Brodick, Isle of Arran

Price Includes

  • 6 or 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 star graded hotels, guest houses and country inns
  • Information Pack
  • Route Instructions and Maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Ferries
  • Lunchs, Dinner and Snacks
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info


The Arran Coastal Way is way-marked throughout and is easy to follow with our PHOTO instructions and maps. No official guide book is needed as this official guide was last updated in 2011.


Ranges from tarmac road, forestry tracks, beaches and coastal paths.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival

Arrival into either Glasgow or Glasgow Prestwick airport where you can take the train to Ardrossan. Here you then take the ferry to Arran. Ferries cross several times a day to Arran and the trip lasts around 1 hour.

Day 2Brodick to Sannox via Goatfell – 16km/10 Miles

You will walk up Glen Rosa with the option of going to the top of Goatfell (874m) You will get to see some superb views from the top. From High Corrie to Sannox the route follows the coastal road where you will have a chance to see lots of wildlife.  (Optional low-level route available for those wishing not to do the Goatfell walk)

Day 3Sannox to Lochranza – 16km/10 Miles

First take the bus to Sannox where today’s walk takes you on one of the best sections of the Coastal Way, here you will walk along the rugged coastline from Sannox to Lochranza. Mostly right on the edge of the sea. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and basking sharks. Lochranza is a remote hamlet of a few houses and a tiny ferry port where you catch the ferry to the mainland.

Day 4Lochranza to Machrie  – 23km/14 miles

Today you will follow the coastal road for most of the day. Don’t worry though the roads are very quiet and the scenery is amazing. You will start with a hilltop route called Posties Path which is between Lochranza and Catacol. You will then pass through the lovely village of Pirnmill before heading towards Imachar on the shoreline, you will then continue further along the route until Machrie. After your walk takes the bus back to Lochranza for your second night here.

Day 5Machrie to Lagg – 19km/12 miles

Take the bus from Lochranza to Machrie to begin your walk. You can take a small detour to see the Machrie Moor stone circle before heading towards Lagg. From Blackwaterfoot to Lagg is a fairly tough section of walking however you are rewarded with stunning views.

Day 6 Lagg to Whiting Bay (19km/12 miles)

Again some parts of this route will be challenging however as some of the route is impassable at high tide we have taken our route along the optional Arran Coastal Way route which goes along the road for a short distance so that you don’t have to worry about tidal times. At Kildonan, you then head inland and onto forestry tracks to Giants Grave and Glenashdale Falls. You will then arrive into Whiting Bay which is one of the larger settlements on the island. It has a good choice of pubs and restaurants for dinner.

Day 7Whiting Bay to Brodick (23km/14 miles) (option to take the ferry to Holy Island if time permits)

Today you will go back past Glenashdale Falls before continuing on the path to Lamlash.  From Lamlash this final section of the Coastal Way continues round the coast with beautiful views of the Arran Hills and views of Holy Isle.

Day 8Departure

Today you depart after breakfast and catch the ferry back to the mainland

NOTE:  6 night/7 day option does not have the last night in Brodick. You will do your walk from Whiting Bay and then catch the ferry back to the mainland.


How to get there

Arran is easily accessible from Glasgow. From Glasgow, you catch the train and then ferry to reach Arran within a few hours.

By Air:
Glasgow is served by two international airports. Prestwick airport is the most convenient for Arran and is only a 20-minute taxi journey to the ferry terminal at Ardrossan. Glasgow airport is 8 miles south of the city centre and approximately one hour by taxi to Ardrossan.

By Road:
Ardrossan is one hour south of Glasgow and there is a large secure car park where you can leave your car during your time on Arran.

By Rail:
There are regular services from Glasgow Central Station to Ardrossan which connect with the ferry to Arran.

Should you be arriving at Prestwick airport you can take the train from the airport and change at Kilwinning to get to Ardrossan

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