The Coastal Way of the Isle of Arran provides both low level walks and continuous walking around the coast of Arran. Walkers can now use a route around Arran's coastline in all weather conditions, that passes through most of the villages on the island.
For many years walkers have used the mountainous terrain in the north of Arran for upland walking and there are many well established routes into the hills. The Coastal Way, however, affords a combination of the many varied habitats that the island has to offer, including stretches of forest track, rugged and gentle coastlines plus more mountainous terrain, all of which follow a continuous 100 km route around the island. The paths are all well walked and should be easily completed by the average walker. However, it needs to be stressed that many parts of the Coastal Way are simple, basic paths that can be muddy or boulder strewn and which will, on occasion, require clambering over rocks. So read carefully the description of each section and if for any reason it is not suitable then simply follow the main highway for that part of the route.
Very Good News for Coastal Way Walkers
The Arran Access Trust has been successful in securing substantial grant funding to improve the four most difficult sections on the Way. The award has come from the Coastal Communities Fund (National Lottery) with additional valuable contributions from North Ayrshire Council, The Arran Trust and Forestry Commission (Scotland).
A cliff-top path will be constructed to bypass the boulder-strewn area around the Black Cave on the Lagg to Whiting Bay section and a path will be built around An Scriodan, the extensive rockfall south of Lochranza, so eliminating some difficult scrambling and tidal delays. The very boggy section of some 250m at the start of the path from Lochranza to Catacol (The Postman's Path) will be totally reconstructed (no more wellies required!) and a new section of path will be built from Corriegills down through the fields to Brodick Pier to bring the Coastal Way to an even more scenic and spectacular end.
These projects should be completed by May 2016 and further updates will follow once the improvements on each section come into use.
For ease of illustration, the Coastal Way has been divided into twelve sections, each of which may be walked independently. Click on any section below for a concise description and map.
- Brodick to Sannox via Goatfell Ridge
- Sannox Stepping Stones to North Sannox Stepping Stones
- North Sannox Picnic Site to Lochranza via Laggan
- Lochranza & Postman's Path to Catacol
- Pirnmill through Whitefarland, along the Beach to Imachar and on to Machrie
- Machrie to Blackwaterfoot via King's Cave
- Blackwaterfoot to Corriecravie
- Corriecravie to Lagg
- Lagg to Kildonan
- Kildonan to Whiting Bay via Dippen Head and Largybeg
- Whiting Bay to Lamlash
- Lamlash to Brodick via Clauchlands and Corriegills
This information is also published as a Printed Guide, available from the Tourist Information Centre in Brodick, or by post.