The Arran Coastal Way

Printed book £10.99

Jacquetta Megarry

The Arran Coastal Way is perhaps Scotland's finest circular long-distance trail, running 65 miles (104 km) around the Isle of Arran in a memorable week-long hike from Brodick. It's accessible from near Glasgow by the Ardrossan ferry. Famous as`Scotland in miniature', Arran is rich in scenery, castles, caves and standing stones. The walking is varied, from mountain paths to deserted beaches, from minor road-walking to boulder-hopping, and in places it is refreshingly rugged. Arran's wildlife is uniquely approachable, and its residents welcoming. Our first edition was thoroughly updated for 2011 with route changes.

Between 2014 and 2016, a project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund created 3.5 miles of re-routed path and has upgraded a further 17 miles of path. The whole route has also been waymarked afresh and new interpretation materials installed. The rerouted sections are short, well signed and can easily be followed from the existing guidebook. For more information, download this sheet.

This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your Arran Coastal Way walk, including a Foreword by wilderness walker Cameron McNeish:

  • detailed description of the route walked anticlockwise, updated for 2011
  • background on geology, pre-history and history
  • whisky-making, wildlife and habitats
  • boat trip to the Holy Isle
  • map of the entire route in 4 drop-down panels (1:85,000)
  • information about public transport and travel
  • lavishly illustrated, with 75 colour photographs
  • on waterproof paper.

For more, please use the buttons at far right: click to Look inside the book, view a Gallery or read its Reviews. View its Route map or follow our Arran Coastal Way links to other websites.

Click for details of Arran Coastal Way walking holiday providers. For more general links, including bodies that care for castles, churches and ancient monuments, visit Outdoors in Scotland.

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Book data

  • The Arran Coastal Way
  • Jacquetta Megarry
  • 10 April 2008
  • UK price £10.99
  • 64pp+4pp map flap
  • 145x210 mm
  • ISBN: 978-1-898481-28-7

Companion maps

Our guidebooks include small-scale maps as a dropdown flap. On some itineraries a good map may be vital for safety, and some walkers prefer always to carry detailed maps. Here is our list of recommended maps:

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Roly Smith, President of the OWPG

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