Fairy Dell Cottage
Height gain 75M
Road, paths and coastal track. Muddy in places.
The Fairy Dell walk goes along the North shore of Loch Ranza which can be excellent for birdlife. Curlews, oystercatchers and redshanks are plentiful and depending upon time of year red breasted mergansers may also be seen. Arran is a site of national importance for this bird.
If it is low tide, seals may often be seen basking on the rocks at the end of the loch. For the fortunate a sight of an otter is a possibility.
After the road ends the walk continues as a path which can be muddy in places.
Look out for a couple of posts and a small stone circle (it's a recent creation). Close to this on the sea rocks is 'Hutton's Unconformity' where 2 different types of rocks are layered. The lower vertical layer is schist and the upper horizontal layer is sandstone. From this discovery the 18th century geologist James Hutton realised that the earth was much older than had previously been thought. This discovery was regarded as the geological equivalent of Darwins 'origin of species'
Eventually you will reach the remote Fairy Dell cottage where the path climbs the hill and returns around the hill. En route you will pass The Whins Cottage the home of Arran Stonemen. Why not call in and buy a souvenir of your visit.