Arran offers you great opportunities to explore exciting and varied landscapes and to discover an island rich in wildlife and history. From a strenuous hill walk in the rugged mountains of the north to a solitary heathery moorland ramble or a leisurely stroll by the sea, whatever takes your fancy, Arran has it all.
Although the island has that special “wild” feeling, the land is all managed. Agriculture is an essential element of Arran’s economy. Sheep and cattle are reared on the higher grasslands and heather moorland, whilst dairy farming is found around the more fertile coastal belt. Deer stalking, as well as being an important income for the northern estate, helps maintain the ecological balance in the mountains.
With a quarter of the land on Arran being forested, its unsuprising that the Coastal Way passes through several forests – North Sannox, King’s Cave and Glenashdale Falls.
See Forestry Commission Scotland for more details.
National Trust for Scotland also manages large areas of spectacular scenery for nature conservation and public access, inlcuding Arran’s tallest peak, Goatfell.
The continuing goodwill of those who make a living from the land relies on everyone using the countryside for recreation acting responsibly and following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.