Kings Cave Walk

The Kings Cave walk is a pleasant 3 mile walk starting near Blackwaterfoot. The cave has a number of carved symbols on the walls and has probably been used as a shelter since prehistoric times.

Kings Cave Walk Kings Cave

Distance 3 miles - Start and finish at the Forestry Commission car-park 2 miles north of Blackwaterfoot
Height gain 150M
Forestry path and pebbled beach


Kings Cave is located on the cliffs above a raised beach. It is claimed that this is where Robert the Bruce famously watched his spider, but most caves in Scotland seem to make this claim.

Beach at Kings Cave Beach at Kings Cave

What is certainly true is that in more recent times religious meetings were held here.

There are a number of ancient symbols carved on the walls including deer serpents and rings. Sadly more modern graffiti has obliterated much of what was there.

This walk can easily be done with the Machrie Moor Stones walk which starts nearby.

It is also possible to start this walk at Blackwaterfoot to make a longer route. The route is described in the book 'Walks Isle of Arran' which is stocked at the Youth Hostel and costs just £2.95.

Kings Cave Walk

  • Park at the Forestry Commission's Kings Cave car-park which is well signed and located about 2 miles north of Blackwaterfoot.
  • Kings Cave View on Kings Cave Walk

  • From the car-park head south (left) and follow the obvious path through the trees.
  • At the end of the trees pass through a gate and descend to join the Coastal Way footpath
  • Turn right here and you will pass a number of caves set in to the cliff
  • On the near side of a rocky outcrop a path leads up to Kings Cave which has a large gate. It should be unlocked
  • Once you have explored the cave follow the beach to a gate and clear path running along the left of a plantation
  • The path soon swings right and goes around the shoulder of the hill passing a hut circle before returning you to the car-park



Walking on Arran - details of a number of local walks

Machrie Moor walk - a visit to the neolithic stone circles

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