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Arran Coastal Way Short Break

Arran Coastal Way Short Break

A pleasant three-day walk around the northern half of the Isle of Arran's beautiful coastline.

4 nights
32 miles

From £440 per person

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About this route

Setting off from the trail's starting point in Brodick, this short walking holiday follows a mixture of forest tracks, footpaths and coastal tracks on its way to Machrie Moor, taking in far-reaching views along the way. Finally, you will be transferred back to Brodick for your final night's stay and an easy return home.

The walk enjoys sandy beaches and plenty of chances to spot coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins and basking sharks. The various settlements along the way are also very charming and steeped in history, and there are plenty of impressive landmarks to admire, including rugged rock formations, mysterious caves and castle ruins.

This holiday option is ideal for walkers in need of a quick getaway to explore this beautiful, lesser-known Scottish island.

© Contours Walking Holidays Arran Coastal Way Short Break map
Brodick to Machrie Moor
32 miles (52 km)
2nd January to 24th December

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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ACWSB A circular trail beginning at Brodick 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£440

Arran Coastal Way Short Break 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Brodick to Sannox/Corrie. 8 miles (12.5km) / 791 ft (241 m) ascent

Day 2

Sannox/Corrie to Lochranza. 10 miles (16km) / 764 ft (233 m) ascent

Day 3

Lochranza to Machrie(T). 14.5 miles (23km) / 745 ft (227 m) ascent
Transport is provided from Machrie(T) to your accommodation in Brodick


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?

  • 4 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: 32 miles (51.5 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8 miles (12.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: ACWSB Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Brodick
End of holiday: Machrie(T)

Route Profile

Arran Coastal Way Short Break Route Profile

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 International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

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 are regular trains from Glasgow Central Station and from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to the ferry terminal at Ardrossan Harbour.

By Bus - Various bus services run to & from Ardrossan. There is a bus service from Machrie Moor around the edge of the island to Brodick, but a taxi across the centre of the island would be much quicker.

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

Return to Start - Take a bus/taxi from Machrie Moor back to Brodick. The ferry terminal is located at Brodick and is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. There are regular departures back to Ardrossan.

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.

Routes on this trail

Arran Coastal Way
5 to 9 nights
66 miles
Easy / Moderate+
Dog friendly
From £525 per person
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