Arran Coastal Way + GPX

Distance: 109 km Grade: 4 (Hard)

Arran Coastal Way below Torran Riabhach
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Arran Coastal Way
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A great 7-stage circular tough walk around beautiful Arran. Although this trail is sometimes described as being suitable for walkers of average fitness, you should be aware that this walk does include pathless sections calling for careful navigation and there may also be scree and minor scrambling. Some experience with maps and navigating is also a must! This is one of Scotland’s ‘Great Trails’. It is a circular route and starts and finishes at Brodick. The “ACW” offers a wonderful, sometimes very challenging experience and takes you around the coastal fringe of Arran’s mountainous north (Lochranza), south to Lagg (Kilmory) and ‘up’ again back to Brodick. Explore the seaside paths, forest trails, tidal beaches, rolling hills and the spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde to the east and the Kintyre peninsula in the west.

The Arran Coastal Way provides an opportunity to experience the abundant archaeology, history and wildlife of this magical island, which dates back as far as the Stone Age. This trail is a “must-do”! Highly recommended!

Stages (on the map):

  1. Brodick - Sannox 11,75 km (Easy) Goat Fell
  2. Sannox - Lochranza 15,75 km (Moderate) Laggan
  3. Lochranza - Imachar 14,5 km (Slightly harder) Catacol
  4. Imachar - Blackwaterfoot 16,25 km (Easy) Just north of Blackwaterfoot
  5. Blackwaterfoot - Lagg/Kilmory 12,25 km (Slightly harder) Sliddery Water
  6. Lagg/Kilmory - Whiting Bay 15,25 km (Hard) Kildonan
  7. Whiting Bay - Brodick 18,5 km (Slightly harder) Kingscross