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.
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.
Wild red deer are often seen grazing around the Lochranza area, seemingly taking no notice of you as you walk by.
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.
Points of interest
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.
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!