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Arran Coastal Way – 7 Nights

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The Arran Coastal Way takes you on a 65-mile (105km) loop around the beautiful Scottish island of Arran, which is only 12-miles off the mainland (a 55-minute ferry crossing).  Often referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran is renowned for it’s rugged mountains, majestic glens and iconic coastal scenery – there is an abundance of wildlife across the island, with a week-long walking trail being the best way to experience what this little island has to offer!

Quick Facts

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 24hr on call assistance during your walk if necessary
  • 65 Miles (105km) and minimal ascent
  • Road, woodland footpaths and boulder beaches.

About & Details

The Arran Coastal Way takes you around the island, starting at the ferry terminal in Brodick, walking mainly at sea level but with options to climb higher to enjoy the magnificent views over the island and out towards the mainland. It is quite well way marked with a yellow disc along roads and tidal beaches.

You have the opportunity to learn about the history, the whisky making and the wildlife both inland and coastal – you might catch a glimpse of a Golden Eagle or a basking shark! Arran is a favoured destination for geologists from around the world. This is a walk to be enjoyed with lots of extra gems to be explored.

There is also a 10 minute ferry crossing to Holy Isle if time allows, where Eriskay ponies and Saanen goats roam freely. The Isle is owned by a group of Tibetan Buddhists who live there. Please be aware of restrictions, such as no dogs allowed and keeping to the footpaths especially on the east side, which is closed to the public.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a small day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a youth hostel (private room), B&B or hotel with en-suite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Taxi transfer on Day 4 return
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation

Exclusions

  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £90 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £175 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £175 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road: M74, A71, A78 into Ardrossan. Ferry from Ardrossan.

By public transport: Glasgow Central Station to Ardrossan Habour. Ferry from Adrossan.

By air: The nearest airport is Glasgow.

Getting Away

By road: Ferry from Ardrossan. A78, A71, M74, from Ardrossan.

By public transport: Ferry from Adrossan. Ardrossan Habour to Glasgow Central Station. Ferry from Adrossan.

By air: The nearest airport is Glasgow.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with your itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is youth hostel (private en-suite room), B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at the end of the trail, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it.  You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Brodick

    Arrive at your overnight accommodation in Brodick.

  • Day 2 – Brodick to Sannox

    The ferry terminal is the start of your walk.  You follow the coastline for a short way before heading inland over a golf course. Having navigated stray golf balls, you will head back towards the coast. Don’t forget to look back to enjoy the views over Brodick Bay. You will see Goat Fell ahead of you and if you look closely, Brodick Castle hides in the trees too. The walk gives you a choice of climbing to the summit of Goat Fell (2870ft/874m) or to stay low, following the forest road to Corrie and then main road to Sannox.

    8 miles (13km) and 590ft (180m) of ascent (low level)

  • Day 3 – Sannox to Lochranza

    Today’s walk will hug the coast along paths and through boulder fields, which can be slow going, especially after rain. You will pass Fallen Rocks, the result of huge boulders falling from the cliff in a landslide, the ruins of Duchess Anne’s Salt Pan, with a story to tell, and Picture Cave with ship carvings and dates. Your first serious boulder field to cross is An Scriodan Rock Fall with its rock staircase to help with the crossing. Passing Fairy Dell, the going becomes easier under foot and an opportunity for a detour to view Unconformity!  It’s mainly road into Lochranza, the most northerly village on Arran.

    9 miles (16km) and minimal ascent

  • Day 4 – Lochranza to Imachar

    Your walk today will start and finish along grassy paths but the main of the walk will be along roads benefitting from amazing views as a distraction. The paths in places can be boggy, with streams to cross. At Catacol, look out for Catacol Row, 12 white house’s known as ‘The Apostles’. There is another detour if you have time, to enjoy the vista over Coire Lochan, a small oval lochan surrounded by hills. There is a graveyard where Captain John McMillan is buried having died in 1884. From here, you can choose the beach or path to take you into Imachar. We will transfer you by taxi to your accommodation.

    9 miles (16km) and 230ft (70m) of ascent

  • Day 5 – Imachar to Blackwaterfoot

    The terrain today will be easy going along roads with a beach path to finish. The coast will be your companion with options to walk on the road or beach when available. There is also a detour to Auchagallon Stone Circle and Machrie Moor Stone Circles, if you have time. Just after the Machrie Moor Stone Circles, you will take the path through the woods towards King’s Cave, allegedly used by Robert the Bruce in 1307! Look out for the footprints of the Isochirotherium herculis and the field decorated with stones. You will be treated to the impressive cliffs of Drumadoon Point which are about 60 million years old! Another boulder field to cross before a nice walk along a sandy beach to Blackwaterfoot and your overnight stay.

    10 miles (16.5km) and 230ft (70m) of ascent

  • Day 6 – Blackwaterfoot to Lagg

    Starting on a road, walking becomes a game of navigation as you ‘pick’ your way across streams as you follow the stoney path. Today, you will pass Preaching Cave, once used instead of the Parish Church. There will be challenging paths through overgrown vegetation which leads you around little headlands. Once again, you will have a choice to go inland or stay on the coast as you journey towards Sliddery before joining the road, passing Lagg Distillery and on into Lagg for your overnight stay.

    7 miles (11km) and minimal ascent

  • Day 7 – Lagg to Whiting Bay

    Be prepared today for more boulder fields and a couple of headlands which are impassible at high tide. You will have a choice of road or coast, but care needs to be taken if you choose the coast. The walk will start on a road before taking a track towards Torrylin Cairn, a Neolithic chambered tomb dated around 5300 years ago. Soon, you will be faced with broken, boggy ground but wonderful views out to sea. You will come across a way marker showing you where the escape route is to get back to the main road. It is important to check your progress and tide times at this point because you can get cut off really quickly as it is tidal all the way to just before Kildonan. Continue to monitor your progress as you tackle the very rocky ground and check that the sea is receding before heading over the big boulders. If you are in any doubt about the sea level or the weather, head back to the escape route. Whichever route you choose, you should still be able to see the lighthouse on Pladda as you approach Kildonan.

    From Kildonan, you will have another route choice, inland past the Giants’ Graves or along the coast around Dippin Head with its extensive boulder field, but no escape route. This route is not passible at high tide.

    If you stick to the main path, you will enjoy forest tracks leading to Glenashdale Falls, whilst keeping a look out for red squirrels and other animals and birds. In the summer months, you can enjoy the splendour of the heather and buddleia in bloom. Whiting Bay will soon be in sight and your accommodation for the night.

    12 miles (18km) and 750ft (230m) of ascent

  • Day 8 – Whiting Bay to Brodick

    There is a chance of wet feet today as you ‘pick’ your way along the coastal path or if you choose to go inland, you will have forest tracks all of the way to Lamlash! On the coastal path to Kingscross Point, there are the remains of a 2000-year-old fort and the way isn’t so clearly marked so be mindful of where you are. You will look out over Holy Isle and its lighthouse. It is mainly forestry track walking for the next section into Lamlash. While you are in Lamlash, take a moment to reflect at the Arran Clearances Memorial for the people who emigrated from Arran to Canada when they were driven out so that their land could be used for sheep.
    Lamlash Bay has a Marine Conservation Zone protecting all species whether they live in the sea or on the seabed. At Clauchlands Point, you can see Hamilton Isle covered in sea birds and 2 World War 2 look out shelters above to the left. As you round the Point, views of Goat Fell will greet you, letting you know that you are nearly back to where you started. Reaching the Brodick Pier indicates the end of the Arran Coastal Trail. Congratulations: you’ve made it!

    11 miles (17.5km) and 620ft (190m) of ascent

Notes

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

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