Walk­ing week­end: Ar­ran

Sail across the Firth of Clyde to ‘Scot­land in minia­ture’, for two spec­tac­u­lar walks: one up a moun­tain and an­other by the sea.

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The per­fect week­end on the ac­ces­si­ble is­land that’s got it all.

WITH HIGH­LANDS IN the north and low­lands down south, Ar­ran is an is­land with ge­og­ra­phy sur­pass­ing its 167 square miles. The High­land Bound­ary Fault slices across it from coast to coast, sep­a­rat­ing sprawled moors from the grace­ful, gran­ite ridges and lush glens of North Ar­ran. A string of vil­lages scat­tered along its crim­pled shores. Most vis­i­tors with hills on their mind make a bee­line for the 874m sum­mit of Goat­fell, but our week­end plan doesn’t slav­ishly fol­low the crowds. Day one sam­ples a wild and rugged sec­tion of the 65-mile Ar­ran Coastal Way, from San­nox to Lochranza. Seals and sea ot­ters will keep you com­pany along this scram­bly path past Os­sian’s Cave and on to New­ton’s Point. The next day hails a gear change, as you ex­plore the is­land’s moun­tain­ous core. Trails into Glen Rosa lead you up the jagged pin­na­cle of Cìr Mhòr, aptly dubbed ‘Ar­ran’s Mat­ter­horn’. A week­end isn’t re­ally enough to do the is­land jus­tice; you’ll leave want­ing to come back for more.

MOUN­TAIN IS­LAND Our sec­ond day on Ar­ran takes you deep into Glen Rosa and up Cìr Mhòr for this jaw-drop­ping view of Beinn Tar­suinn.

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