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Sannox to Lochranza

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  • Lochranza Castle
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  • / Stepping Stones
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  • / Cliffside trail
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  • / Fallen Rocks
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  • / Laggan Cottage
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  • / Duchess Anne's Salt Pan
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  • / Coastal geology
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  • / Wild Red Deer
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From the little village of Sannox hug the coastline on a rocky and occassionally boggy route to reach the sheltered natural harbour of Lochranza with it's distillery and castle.  
Distance 16.3 km
4:30 h
22 m
29 m
16 m
-3 m
This route follows a remote section of Arran's coast, with views across the water to the Isle of Bute. After passing Fallen Rocks and the abandonded white cottage at Laggan the route becomes rocky and boggy in places. Finally, leading to an easier section of path and road as you approach Lochranza with views across the water to the castle.

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Wild red deer are often seen grazing around the Lochranza area, seemingly taking no notice of you as you walk by.
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Robbie Thurley
Update: August 06, 2018
Highest point
16 m
Lowest point
-3 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The majority of this route follows coastal path and rocky beaches. Take care on the boulders, especially during or after wet weather, as they could be very slippery.  Take note of the high tide times so you can avoid being down by the coast then.  

Tips and hints


Points of interest

Lochranza Castle

This 13th century castle enjoys a superb location on a spit of land projecting out into Loch Ranza. As a result it provides a focal point for much of the village of Lochranza as it wraps around the loch, and features in many views of different parts of the village.

Free to visit and open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm, April to September.

Arran Whisky Distillery

Located on the outskirts of Lochranza, Arran Whisky Distillery is the only working distillery on the island and has been here since 1995. You can take a tour and tasting experience at this award winning producer of proper scotch whisky. The distillery also has a cafe and gift shop - couple of hours here is a good way to spend some time at the end of your walk if you have time.

Open daily from 10am to 5:15pm.


Food & Drink

There's a cosy tearoom in Sannox, but then nothing along the route until you reach Lochranza which has a hotel and sandwich bar just opposite the ferry terminal. There's also a cafe in the Lochranza distillery.  Make sure to bring a packed lunch a plenty of water on your walk.  


Sannox (0 m)
OS Grid
NS 01578 45463
55.662029, -5.156046
55°39'43.3"N 5°09'21.8"W
30U 364372 6170572


Lochranza Castle

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Facing the wooden sign for ‘North Sannox 2 km’ TURN RIGHT and follow the trail crossing a small stream via the stepping stones then BEAR RIGHT.

0.17 km – Just before your reach the beach TURN LEFT to follow the sandy trail parallel to the coast.

0.65 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON following the main track as it passes a large cliff face on your left.

1.30 km – BEAR LEFT as the path heads inland alongside North Sannox Burn (river).

1.70 km – TURN RIGHT to cross the bridge then TURN RIGHT to follow the green signpost for ‘North Sannox’.

2.10 km – At the end of the small carpark BEAR RIGHT to continue on the trail, then follow a signpost for ‘Fallen Rocks’, and pass through the wooden gate.

4.20 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON to pass through another wooden gate as you pass by Fallen Rocks.

7.90 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON passed abandoned Laggan Cottage, and follow the trail through the rocks keeping to the waterside.

8.50 km – BEAR LEFT slightly to go around some large boulders, then carefully pick your way across the now rocky trail (take care if the rocks are slippery here). 

8.80 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON to pass by the ruins of Duchess Anne’s Salt Pan on your right hand side, built in 1710.

9.50 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON carefully picking your way across the boulders for the next 100 m. Be careful here especially during or after wet weather as the rocks may be slippery.

11.10 km –  Continue STRAIGHT ON here where the trail crosses another boulder field, An Scriodan Rock Fall, for approximately 500 m. Be careful here especially during or after wet weather as the rocks may be slippery.

11.60 km – At the end of the boulder field you reach a pebbly beach, continue STRAIGHT ON for 500 m.

12.10 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON as you pass Fairy Dell cottage on your left-hand side.

12.90 km – BEAR LEFT to follow the rocky trail towards Newtons Point.

13.60 km – The trail continues to BEAR LEFT as you approach Lochranza.

13.90 km – Join the small tarmac lane and continue STRAIGHT ON.  You'll have views of the ruined Lochranza Castle on your right-hand side.

15.00 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction on the opposite side of the golf course. Keep a look out for red deer that are often seen grazing here.

15.40 km – At the T-junction TURN RIGHT to join the main road, passing the church on your left-hand side.

16.30 km – Finish your walk in Lochranza village, opposite the lane to Lochranza Castle.


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OS Grid
NS 01578 45463
55.662029, -5.156046
55°39'43.3"N 5°09'21.8"W
30U 364372 6170572
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A sturdy pair of walking trainers are adequate for this route if you don't wish to wear hiking boots. Along with your usual kit for a day walking in the elements make sure you pack an extra layer, a wind/waterproof jacket in case the weather closes in, suncream and midge repellant spray!

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16.3 km
4:30 h
22 m
29 m
Highest point
16 m


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