The Arran Access Trust are pleased to announce the Arran Coastal Way project has now started.

The Arran Access Trust, who inherited management of the Arran Coastal Way in 2012, have spent several years trying to secure funding to upgrade the path and create new sections. The project aims to make the trail a real asset for residents and to attract more people from further afield to boost tourism and spend with local businesses.

After the 2 year project is complete we hope to gain a reputation for being the finest circular long distance footpath in Scotland and to be a recognised part of ‘Scotland’s Great Trails’.

The Coastal Communities Fund grant is paying for 4 local jobs – a part-time Project Co-rdinator, Footpath Team Leader and two Footpath Trainees. It is also funding much of the project running costs, along with generous contributions from the Arran Access Trust, the Arran Trust, North Ayrshire Council and the Forestry Commission.

Footpath Trainee Stu Mahony of Brodick says, “I’m delighted to have the privilege of working with Arran Access Trust on the Coastal Way. We will be making some great improvements that will benefit the local communities and the island as a whole. On a personal level its something I will be proud to say I was part of in years to come.”