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Laggan coastal heritage walk

Explore Arran's fascinating cultural and natural history along the north coast of the island. Run in conjunction with the Arran Geopark.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
263m – Bearradh Tom a’ Muidhem

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough hill and coastal paths. One steep ascent and a short very steep descent along a grassy path. Circa 250m long section of clambering over sometimes slippery boulders – sure-footedness and good balance required.

Technical Rating
Easy scrambling, elements of exposure, some rough terrain.

Endurance Rating
Long distance, some steep ascent and descent, moderate amount of stamina needed in bursts, suitable for reasonably fit walkers. Have had recent experience of walking for 5-7 hours? Have you recently walked up (and down) hills without physical too much distress? If your answer is "No", we'd guess you'd be happier doing a walk rated a level lower than the one you’ve just read! As noted previously, we're into FUN so we don't want you to miss out by overdoing it.


Monday 16 May 2022

Meeting Time

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 | Walk description

This circular walk passes some of Arran’s iconic geological sites and takes in stunning mountain and coastal views with good chances of spotting wildlife. Clues to the area’s rich history can be found in its Gaelic place names and traces of human lives long gone abound.

Starting in Lochranza bay, the route leaves the village via the Narachan track, which soon turns into a rough hill path climbing high above the Boguillie road with spectacular views opening up south to the mountains. The path winds its way up to the highest point of the walk, a small pass from which follows a steep descent towards the coast at Laggan cottage. There are brilliant views of the Clyde, with the atmospheric ruins of the abandoned Cock farm adding to the interest of this stretch.

Heading west along the Arran Coastal Way from lonely Laggan cottage, crumbling traces of Arran’s industrial past are encountered. A fascinating highlight of the route is a fossilised trackway of the largest invertebrate to have ever lived on land.

Next there is Ossian’s cave to explore, before back on the Coastal Way, a clamber across An Scriodan rockfall brings the walker ever closer to Lochranza.

The final geological highlight of the day is Hutton’s Unconformity, a famous rock outcrop which helped shape the understanding of the immense age of our planet, and the revolutionary concept of “deep time”. Having pondered this, the picturesque Newton Shore road is reached and followed back around the edge of the bay to the starting point of the walk.

Route Profile

 | Advised Kit List

Essential hill gear

  • NO jeans – anyone wearing jeans will not be allowed to start the walk, and no refund will be possible
  • Stout hill walking boots
  • Appropriate walking trousers, top layers and fleece – preferably no cotton layers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) trousers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) jacket
  • Spare layers
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Packed lunch and drink - please consider the use of re-useable water bottles and food wrapping.
  • Any personal medicines

Other recommended kit

  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Spare socks
  • Blister plasters

The 2022 Festival is now over. Many thanks to everyone who took part and enabled it to happen. Hope to see you all next year!