Arran Coastal Way

Arran Coastal Way Map

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Situated in the sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran is the most southerly and most accessible of all the Scottish islands. Split in two by the Highland Boundary Fault, the island is often described as 'Scotland in Miniature': the jagged peaks, twisting airy ridges, rugged corries and deep glens in the north of the island have a grandeur reminiscent of the best of Highland scenery, while the rolling moorland, forested hills, pastures, wooded valleys and scattered farmsteads of the south are similar to the Lowlands. The coastline of rugged cliffs, spectacular caves, sandy beaches, landslips and boulder fields is also magnificent.

The Arran Coastal Way combines coastal paths, forest tracks, roads and stretches of beach to encircle this enchanting island. Along the way it passes through some very attractive villages including Lagg, Sannox, Kildonan and Corrie, where whitewashed fishermen's cottages overlook an exquisite little harbour. It also passes many reminders of Arran's rich history including Neolithic chambered cairns, Bronze Age stone circles, Iron Age hill forts, the mouldering ruin of Kildonan Castle, the gaunt keep of Lochranza Castle, the warm red sandstone pile of Brodick Castle, surrounded by magnificent gardens, salt pans, ruined crofts abandoned during the Clearances and King's Cave, where according to legend Robert the Bruce was inspired by the determination of a small spider.

Arran's rich and diverse wildlife is a special feature of the trail. Seals are often seen basking on the shores of the island. Red squirrels are common in forested areas and red deer thrive in the mountains of the north. Bird life in the hills is dominated by golden eagle, hen-harrier, buzzard, grouse, curlew, raven, and wheatear. The coastline supports a wide variety of birds including eider, gannet, cormorant, shelduck, oystercatcher, red-breasted merganser, redshank, red-throated diver and fulmar.

Holiday Highlights

  • Experiencing the diverse range of scenery, from impressive caves such as King’s Cave, dramatic cliffs, forest trails and charming villages such as Corrie and Sannox.
  • Reaching the summit of GoatFell, the highest point on the Arran Coastal Way.
  • Spotting the variety of wildlife along the trail, including Red Squirrels and Golden Eagles.

Arran Coastal Way

Total Distance 63 miles (100.5 km)
Start and Finish Circular trail beginning at Brodick
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Arran Coastal Way Lamlash from the shore
Arran Coastal Way Lochranza castle
Arran Coastal landscape
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ACW1 5 nights, 4 days walking £450 per person More Information Book Online
ACW6 6 nights, 5 days walking £535 per person More Information Book Online
ACW2 7 nights, 6 days walking £620 per person More Information Book Online
ACW3 8 nights, 7 days walking £700 per person More Information Book Online
ACW4 9 nights, 8 days walking £780 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Arran Coastal Way Taster Break

Northern Section
Arran Coastal Way Taster Breaks Map

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Total Distance 31 miles (50 km)
Start and Finish Brodick/Brodick
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

Setting off from the trail's starting point in Brodick, with its impressive castle, pretty bay and heritage museum, this taster break walk uses a mixture of forest tracks, footpaths and coastal tracks on its way to Sannox, taking in unmissable, far-reaching views along the way.

From Sannox, the walk continues along sandy beaches - offering the chance to spot coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins and basking sharks - before reaching the village of Lochranza, complete with ruined castle. Once through here, the Way enjoys more wonderful scenery, including rugged rock formations and caves, before passing through Imachar and completing the break in Machrie, surrounded by yet more stunning coastal views.

On completion of this walk in Machrie Moor, a taxi transfer will take you back to Brodick, where you will spend the final night of your holiday.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum and learning all about the history, people, culture and geology of the island.
  • Exploring Lochranza and its ancient castle, as well as spotting seals from the shore and visiting the Arran whiskey distillery.
  • Completing the walk in Machrie Moor and visiting the famous standing stones nearby.
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Arran Coastal Way Brodick Harbour
Arran Coastal Way Lochranza Castle
Arran Coastal Lochranza and Red Deer
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ACWT1 4 nights, 3 days walking £385 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.