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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.
| 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
- 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
- Spare socks
- Blister plasters