Walking on Arran

There is a great range of walking on Arran. From short low level family walks to serious climbs needing ropes there is something for everyone. Fior many the ascent of the 874 metre Goatfell is the challenge they come for. On the following pages we give you routes and information to help you plan your trip

Country Walking Walking on Arran

This section is very much a work in progress as we go out and try the walks. The weather over the Winter has somewhat curtailed our plans, but hopefully we can start adding more pages soon.

At the Youth Hostel we stock the following maps and guides

  • 1:25,000 OS explorer map
  • 1:50,000 OS landranger map
  • Walking On The Isle of Arran Cicerone Guide by Paddy Dillon. Probably the best comprehensive guide of the island, with 45 routes to suit all levels
  • Walks Isle of Arran - Pocket walking guide. A great little book with 24 walks of varying grades

Lochranza makes a great base for walking. Many walks start in the village or you could jump on a bus to do a walk on another part of the island.

At the Youth Hostel we have a drying room so that you can dry off any wet walking gear overnight

Walking on Arran the hills may not seem big compared with some areas of Scotland, they still need treating with just as much respect. Some paths are little walked and in poor weather navigation can be challenging. There are areas with technical sections requiring climbing equipment and even low level walks on the coast can have slippery rocks to contend with.

The weather can play a decisive part when you are planning your day out. We display the MWIS mountain weather forecast as well as a general forecast and even have an electronic weather station to help you with your walking on Arran.


If you leave a route card please let us know if you alter your plans. We don't want to call out mountain rescue, only to find you decided to go to the pub after the walk.

We also stock a range of snacks and soft drinks and by Easter we will be able to offer a packed lunch for you to take with you.

If you are in need of any new walking equipment, Arran Active is located near the start of the Goatfell track close to Brodick Castle. They have an excellent range of gear and who can resist looking at new equipment even when you don't need anything !

There is also a good range of equipment at Bilslands on the main street in Brodick.

The Walks


Insider Tip.When walking on Arran there are many linear walks can be done by using the buses to get you back to the start. For example rather than doing Goatfell as a there and back route at Brodick, why not start at Corrie and finish at Brodick and then catch the 324 bus back to Corrie.

Walking Signs Walk signs


Fairy Dell from Lochranza

An excellent low level family walk of 4 miles with some excellent opportunities to see seals, red squirrel, red deer as well as lots of birds and if you are very lucky an otter.

The route follows the north shore of the Loch to Fairy Dell cottage and then returns on a rough track skirting the edge of the hill.
Muddy in places so boots should be worn.
A shorter walk avoiding the muddy area is also described.

Cock of Arran and Laggan Cottage from Lochranza

Probably the best low level walk on the island. The walk is 8 miles long and follows the coast from Lochranza past the Cock of Arran to the remote Laggan Cottage. Fantastic scenery all the way with views of Bute and the Cumbraes. The walk then climbs a pass to 263m where red deer can usually be seen, before descending to Lochranza.


Kings Cave

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

Machrie Moor Stone Circles

The Machrie Moor Stone circles walk is a 3 mile there and back walk starting near Blackwaterfoot. The six sets of stone circles date from neolithic times and are a must see.

Coming Soon

  • From Sannox to Laggan Cottage and Lochranza
  • Glen Easan Biorach and Glen Catacol from Lochranza
  • Coire Fhion Lochain
  • Goatfell
  • Glenashdale Falls


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