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Arran Coastal Way

Arran Coastal Way

A circular route exploring the full range of scenery found on the Isle of Arran.

5 to 9 nights
66 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £525 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

The full Arran Coastal Way walking holiday combines a mixture of rugged coastal paths, tranquil forest tracks, quiet roads and stretches of sandy beaches to encircle this enchanting island in its entirety.

Beginning and ending in Brodick, the main town on the island, the trail showcases a wide range of magnificent wildlife, interesting history, charming settlements and diverse scenery, offering plenty of sights to discover and enjoy during each stage of your walk.


© Contours Walking Holidays Arran Coastal Way map
Circular trail beginning at Brodick
66 miles (106 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the diverse scenery, from impressive caves and dramatic cliffs to forest trails and many charming villages such as Corrie and Sannox.

Reaching the summit of Goat Fell, the highest point on the Arran Coastal Way, and taking in the far-reaching views across to the mainland.

Spotting a variety of wildlife along the trail, including elusive red squirrels and handsome golden eagles.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ACW1 A circular trail beginning at Brodick 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding£525
ACW2 A circular trail beginning at Brodick 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£630
ACW3 A circular trail beginning at Brodick 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate£735
ACW4 A circular trail beginning at Brodick 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£840
ACW5 A circular trail beginning at Brodick 9 nights, 8 days walking Easy / Moderate£945

Arran Coastal Way 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

The Arran Mountain Festival takes places annually in the spring. During this time, the Isle of Arran is very busy with walkers and accommodation becomes limited. If you would like to book a holiday in the spring, please contact us to check the festival dates and whether they're likely to affect availability for your hike.


Travel to Brodick where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Brodick to Lochranza. 18 miles (28.5km) / 1460 ft (445 m) ascent

Day 2

Lochranza to Blackwaterfoot. 19.5 miles (31km) / 1299 ft (396 m) ascent

Day 3

Blackwaterfoot to Kildonan(T). 12 miles (19.5km) / 794 ft (242 m) ascent

Day 4

Kildonan(T) to Brodick. 17 miles (27km) / 1624 ft (495 m) ascent


Depart from Brodick after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night can be the perfect way to extend your holiday and give you more time to explore the many interesting locations along the trail.

If you would like to spend some time exploring at the beginning or end of your walk, Brodick is a good choice, with Brodick Castle and Gardens providing an interesting stop to while away the hours.

There is also plenty to see and do in Lochranza, from spotting seals on the shores of the loch, exploring the ruin of Lochranza Castle, visiting the Arran whisky distillery or playing golf.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 66 miles (106 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 19.5 miles (31 km)
Code: ACW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Brodick
End of holiday: Brodick

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Ferry - The Isle of Arran is a short ferry journey from the port of Ardrossan. Ferry Services operate between Ardrossan and Brodick daily. Please note that the latest check-in time is 10 minutes for foot passengers and 30 minutes for vehicles prior to departure. (If taking your car across to the island, you are strongly recommended to make a ferry reservation.)

By Rail - There is no station at Brodick. However, trains runs regularly from Glasgow Central station & Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Ardrossan Harbour, from where you will need to catch a ferry to Brodick.

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Ardrossan.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Ardrossan Harbour. From Ardrossan, take the ferry to Brodick.

Return To The Start - The Arran Coastal Way is a circular tour beginning and ending in Brodick on the Isle of Arran.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Customer reviews from the Arran Coastal Way

“This is a great walk with wonderful scenery and wildlife. We had perfect weather and visibility for most of the walk, as you will see when we manage to select some of our almost 2000 pictures to send in! Outstanding!”
Dr Maltby, UK
“Arran Coastal Way is a beautiful walk. It was good to be there in early May when the weather was dry and sunny almost the whole time.”
Mr Patey, UK
“We loved every minute of our walk, and hope to return to Arran again sometime. Too bad it is so far from Canada!”
Ms Lashuk, Canada
“Absolutely fantastic! The Isle of Arran was a superb location for a walking holiday and the coastal path was a real gem… Everything went as planned with all accommodations of a good or high standard and our bags were always picked up and dropped off without a problem.”
Mr Lieberman, UK
“The Contour arrangements were good, the baggage was always there to meet us, and in general the accommodation was easy to find. We have found that the accommodation provided on the Contour Walking holidays is generally of a high standard.”
Mr Humphrey, UK
“The good weather really helped but Arran is a lovely place. A good choice for beginners of dog friendly long-distance walking.”
Mr Twigg, UK
“The Island is beautiful with lots of wildlife.”
Mr Rogers, UK
“We were happy with the punctuality, organization and courtesy of all the players involved.”
Mrs Allio, Switzerland
"On Mount Goat Fell" by Esther Doorn (2019) "On Mount Goat Fell" by Esther Doorn (2019)
"Lamlash" by Colin Patey (2019) "Lamlash" by Colin Patey (2019)
"Descending to Catecol Bay" by Colin Patey (2019) "Descending to Catecol Bay" by Colin Patey (2019)