Leave the bustle of Brodick behind following the coastline and pass Brodick Castle to reach the charming village of Sannox.
This low route avoids the long ascent up Goatfell, Arran's highest hill, a good option if the weather isn't favourable or if you'd prefer an easier day to begin the walk. The low route passes a sandy beach at the north end of Brodick Bay, skirts Brodick castle, before following forest tracks to reach the village of Corrie. The final section of the trail follows a quiet coastal road to Sannox.
Look out for seals around Sannox Bay, they can often be seen basking on the rocks.
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.
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!
Points of interest
The highest peak on the Arran and one of the four Corbetts on the island, standing at 874m (2866ft). Corbetts are list of mountains around Scotland compiled by John Rooke Corbett, ranging in height from 2500 - 3000 ft.
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.
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