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Blackwaterfoot to Lagg

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  • Blackwaterfoot harbour
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  • / Overgrown trail past Kilpatrick Point
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  • / Stepping stones over boggy ground
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  • / Distant views of Ailsa Craig
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A shorter section of the Way not to be underestimated - cross challenging terrain during the first part of thr route to continue into Lagg with some pleasant road walking.   

11 km
3:00 h
132 m
118 m

A short, but challenging route; the trail follows the shore to pass Preaching Cave over rocky and boggy ground before climbing up to the road and from here on it's undulating tarmac road walking with good views to Ailsa Craig, then pass the Lagg Distillery (opening at the end of 2018) before arriving at the Lagg Hotel, one of the oldest on the island.


Author’s recommendation

The Velo Cafe is a very welcoming place to arrive for lunch or a snack. All their cakes are homemade and the coffee is delicious. 

Highest point
90 m
Lowest point
0 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Just over half of this walk follows the main road into Lagg - some sections are winding and undulating so take care to be visible to oncoming traffic. As with the other road section on the Arran Coastal Way the road is largely quiet but do take care and walk on the right-hand side (where possible) into oncoming vehicles, taking to the verge to give way if necessary. 

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Points of interest

Ailsa Craig

Steeped in history this volcanic island isn't hard to miss as it looms out of the Firth of Clyde. Quarried for it's rare blue hone granite to make curling stones the uninhabited island is home to Europe's largest gannet colony along with an increasing number of puffins.

Lagg Whisky Distillery

Still under construction the new Isle of Arran Distillers visitor centre and distillery will be opening towards the end of 2018. They are currently offering people the chance to join their Cask Society membership of which means ownership of one of the first casks to be filled.


Food & Drink

There is a shop and bakery in Blackwaterfoot where you can stock up on food and water for the day's walk.  The Velo Cafe is a great stop once you reach Lagg - they serve delicious coffee and cake! You will also find the Lagg Hotel there for dinner and drinks.  


Blackwaterfoot Bridge (6 m)
55.501849, -5.332985
55°30'06.7"N 5°19'58.7"W
30U 352645 6153112


Lagg Hotel

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Begin facing the Kinloch Bar with your back to the bridge,and TURN RIGHT to follow the minor road passed the bus stop.

0.20 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON to the wide gravel track.

0.50 km - Cotninue STRAIGHT ON with a mix of grassy track and rocky beach walking as you head towards the headland, Kilpatrick Point.

1.60 km - Continue following the windy, grassy trail. Look out to your left as you pass three caves in the cliff face. The middle one is called 'Preaching Cave'. It was used in the early 1800s instead of the parish church as the congregation didn't like the minister at the time. Continue STRAIGHT ON along the trail. 

2.10 km - If the tide is low then the rocky beach can be followed with care, if not there is a windy but often overgrown in the summer months trail closer to the cliff face.

3.60 km - If on the high tide track BEAR LEFT at the yellow trail marker.

4.20 km - At the wooden trail marker, on a large open green area, BEAR LEFT to follow the steep track leading up the hillside towards the main road.

4.40 km - TURN RIGHT onto the road, which continues for 5 km into Lagg. There are soon great views across the water of Ailsa Craig (an ancient volcanic plug) in the distance. Take care on the road a walk on the right-hand side taking to the verge to give way to motorists if necessary. 

9.40 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the junction, and follow the sign for 'The Lagg Hotel.

11.00 km - Finish your walk at the front door of The Lagg Hotel and Velo Cafe.



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55.501849, -5.332985
55°30'06.7"N 5°19'58.7"W
30U 352645 6153112
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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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