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Brodick to Sannox (High Route)

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  • The ridge path looking towards Goat Fell's summit.
    / The ridge path looking towards Goat Fell's summit.
    Photo: Sam Todd, Macs Adventure
  • / The rocky section of the path leading to the summit of Goat Fell.
    Photo: Sam Todd, Macs Adventure
  • / The view towards North Goat Fell from the summit of Goat Fell
    Photo: Sam Todd, Macs Adventure
  • / Descending towards Corrie from Goat Fell
    Photo: Sam Todd, Macs Adventure
  • / Cottages in Corrie village
    Photo: Sam Todd, Macs Adventure
  • / The view from Sannox
    Photo: Sam Todd, Macs Adventure
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A more challenging route than the low route option, but certianly worth it on a good day when you'll leave Brodick behind and climb the slopes of Goat Fell to be rewarded with wonderful views before descending through trees to reach Corrie village and following the coast road along to Sannox. 

moderate
15.9 km
6:00 h
853 m
854 m

On the first stage of the Arran Coastal Way there are two options; a low/coastal route and a high route which takes in Goat Fell the islands highest peak (874 m).  The low route (see Brodick to Sannox (Low Route)) option follows the coastal road north out of town while the inland route heads up the slopes of Goatfell. If you are feeling energetic we recommend the inland route as the views from the summit of Goatfell are superb in clear weather. Just remember not to underestimate the climb - you are beginning almost from sea level!  From the summit it's a relatively gentle descent through trees to reach the village of Corrie where the routes rejoin and you'll follow the quiet coast road for the final few kilometres into Sannox village.  

 

 

Author’s recommendation

Look out for seals around Sannox Bay - they can often be seen, hauled out, basking on the rocks.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Highest point
852 m
Lowest point
1 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Although Goat Fell isn't quite a Munro and there is a good path up and down the hill it can still be considered a serious undertaking especially if the weather turns bad.  You should be comfortable navigating with a map and compass and have the appropriate all weather clothing with you for this route.  Take care on the section ofpath near the summit - this can be rocky in places. 

Part of this route involves walking on a main road with no pavement. Although it's very quiet make sure you walk on the right hand side so you're facing any on coming traffic and take to grass verge, giving way to motorists when necessary.

Equipment

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 full set of waterproof and windproof layers along with a hat, gloves and neck scarf (e.g. a Buff) in case the weather closes in, suncream and midge repellant spray! You may also find walking poles useful on this route - they will help take the pressure off your knees during the ascents and descents.

Tips, hints and links

 

Points of interest

Goat Fell

The highest peak on the Arran and one of the four Corbetts on the island, standing at 874 m (2866ft). Corbetts are list of mountains around Scotland compiled by John Rooke Corbett, ranging in height from 2500 - 3000 ft.  From the summit you can see the hills of Arran's north including; North Goat Fell, the Sannox Horseshoe Ridge, views of the rolling landscape on the island's south, and out over the Isle of Cumbrae and across to the mainland.  

Brodick Castle

Teeming with history and surrounded by mountains, Brodick is every inch the quintessential island castle. The present building was fashioned in 1844, but the seat dates back centuries to when its strategic position overlooking the Firth of Clyde made Brodick a fortress to be reckoned with. The castle was the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and contains a fabulous collection of valuable artefacts.

https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/brodick-castle-garden-country-park

 

Food & Drink

There are a few food stores in Brodick to stock up on supplies, otherwise there is also a restaurant at Cladach Visitor Centre, a hotel/bar in Corrie and a tea room just past Sannox so you'll have plenty of choice

Start

Brodick (8 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
55.576025, -5.139855
UTM
30U 365095 6160972

Destination

Sannox

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Starting with your back to the water, at the ferry terminal, TURN RIGHT. Follow the road along the coast for 1 km.

1.00 km – TURN RIGHT, away from the main road, following the blue sign for “Fisherman Walk & Arran Coastal Way”. Follow this path across bridges and wooden walkways with views of Goat Fell and Brodick Castle ahead.

1.70 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON taking care of golf balls and give way to players as you cross the gold course. In ~50 m TURN RIGHT to cross the bridge then TURN RIGHT again to continue following the track.

2.50 km – BEAR RIGHT to walk directly on the beach for 300 m.

2.80 km – Near the end of the beach TURN LEFT away from the water to cross the wooden bridge.

2.90 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON to cross the carpark of the Arran Mountain Rescue Station then cross the main road to pass Cladach Visitor Centre on your left-hand side.

3.00 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON through the carpark and past the footpath to Brodick Castle, then follow the wide gravel track uphill.  If you have time Brodick Castle is certainly worth a visit.

3.40 km – Cross the small tarmac lane and continue STRAIGHT ON as you follow the trail through the forest – follow the path for 1.8 km.

5.20 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON ascending on the forest path as another path joins from the right then cross a stream and follow the path uphill keeping the stream on your left-hand side.  Continue on the good path out onto open ground, you’ll see the peak up your left. 

7.40 km – As a path joins from the right TURN LEFT to continue ascending on the ridge towards the summit of Goat Fell. 

8.15 km – You have now reached the summit of Goat Fell!  On a good day there are excellent views over the surrounding hills and across to the Isle of Cumbrae and the mainland.  Take your time soaking in the views before descending the ridge the same way you came for 750 m.

8.90 km – On descending the ridge path where a paths goes off to the right (the path you ascended on) ignore this and BEAR LEFT to continue your descent into the valley below. 

10.10 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON the path to cross a stream then TURN RIGHT shortly at a T-junction with another path.  Follow this path into the trees ahead – enter the forest in ~800 m.  

11.50 km – After leaving the trees TURN LEFT to join a track and follow the track keeping the river on your right-hand side.  Follow the river down towards the sea. 

12.00 km – As a road joins from the left continue STRAIGHT ON the tarmac road until you reach the main road.

12.30 km – At the T-junction with the main road with the sea ahead TURN LEFT and walk on the right-hand side of the road into the village of Corrie.  Beware of traffic and take to the grass verge to give way to vehicles if necessary.  Follow this quiet coastal road for the remaining 3.60 km. 

15.90 km – Finish this stage of the Arran Coastal Way in Sannox village in the gravel car park with the bus stop on the right-hand side of the road.  It’s time for some well-earned refreshment!

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.9 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
853 m
Descent
854 m

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