Height gain 360M
Road, paths and coastal track. Muddy in places. Rocks can be slippery
The Laggan cottage walk goes around the north coast of Arran passing The Cock of Arran to the very remote Laggan cottage, before climbing a 263m pass which then descends to Lochranza village
The walk goes along the shores of Loch ranza where 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.
The Cock of Arran
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 Fairy Dell cottage and then the Laggan Cottage walk continues along the shore for another 3 miles. The route has a number of rocks and boulders along the shoreline which you will need to navigate your way through. Please take care as these can be slippery when wet.
You will also pass the Cock of Arran rock and the ruins of some old industrial buildings which were used for mining and saltpans.
The cottage at Laggan appears suddenly from behind some rocks and makes an excellent place for a lunch break.
It's then up the hill and over the pass looking out for red deer on the hillsides and golden eagles floating overhead. From the top of the pass you will soon see Lochranza in the distance and it's an easy walk back to the village
Rocky shoreline near the Cock of Arran