I am one of the founder members of the Arran Coastal Way committee, and although this group has now been disbanded and merged with the Arran Access Trust, I can speak for the Way. The original route from Dunan followed the shoreline until just north of the old Brodick rubbish dump and used a clearly defined path from the shoreline through a vacant commercial plot on to the tarmac service road, leading straight to Brodick pier past the timber loading operations.
Three problems now make the original route impossible:
a) The landowner leased the last vacant plot to a plant hire firm and they (reasonably enough) fenced off their plot to stop members of the public from wandering through their yard. This closed off the route from the shore to the service road.
b) If walkers try to continue along the shore they would have to walk under and around the loading operations of the timber barges - definitely dangerous when heavy machinery is loading barges with huge lengths of cut timber.
c) When we approached the local council to get permission for a route through the rubbish dump, they cited all sorts of health and safety reasons why this was impossible, from excavators working on the site to a problem with methane gas.
Every town has an industrial area and this is where Brodick's one has grown up. It is now well screened by trees and not easily seen from the approaching ferry. Fortunately, there is an attractive alternative, it being much better to walk up the path from the Dunan through Corriegills with a fabulous view of all the Arran hills before the short descent to the pier. When the guidebook
goes to its next edition, this will be shown as the main and only route back into Brodick.
I very much hope you have enjoyed your holiday on Arran and that you will continue to enjoy our (almost) unspoilt island.