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.
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.