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Arran Coastal Way

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  • Duration: 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, and 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. 

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

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 star graded hotels, guest houses and country inns
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App
  • 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 your Smart Phone App


The Island of Arran has an excellent coastal bus service. Depending on accommodation availability we often stay 2 nights at different parts of the Island and you use the coastal bus service to reach start of walks or travel to your accommodation from the end of a walk.


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 2Goat fell – Brodick to Sannox 8 miles 12.8 km, 726m up (option of a low level walk – Brodick to Sannox 5.7 miles/9.1km, up 159m).

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) – Overnight in Brodick 

Day 3Sannox to Lochranza Coastal Route 9.6 miles 15.4 km 132m up (option of shorter walk – 8.2 miles 13km 293m up)

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. Overnight in Brodick or Lochranza

Day 4Lochranza to Machrie 14 miles 22.4 km 170m up.

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. Overnight in Lochranza or Blackwaterfoot 

Day 5Machrie to Lagg 13.1 miles 21km 37m up.

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. Overnight in Blackwaterfoot, Lagg or Whiting Bay

Day 6 Lagg to Whiting Bay 12.3-12.8 miles 19.7-20.5km 342m up.

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. Overnight in Lagg or Whiting Bay

Day 7Whiting Bay to Brodick Coastal Route 11.4 miles 18.3 km 213m up (Inland route option 12 miles 19.2 km 346m up)

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. Overnight in Whiting Bay or Brodick 

Day 8Departure

Today you depart after breakfast and 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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