At 2 km longer than the low route and with 200 m more ascent/descent this route is slightly more challenging but takes in Glenashdale Falls and some forest trail before descending to the coast to rejoin the low route into Brodick.
On this final stage on the Arran Coastal Way between Whiting Bay and Brodick you can choose to hug the coast following the low route (see - Whiting Bay to Brodick (Low Route)), or take this higher route. The high route takes you up passed Glenashadale Falls and through shady forest on higher ground with great views towards Lamlash where you join the lower route to follow shoreline around Clauchlands Point to reach Brodick and the end of the Way.
If you have time you can take a short ferry ride out to the Holy Isle with it's monastery and herd of wild goats (see tips, hints & links for more details).
There is some road walking involved on this section, but only on small lanes and when on main roads there are good pavements. If the weather is bad you will find more shelter on this day's waking as you'll be in the forest for a good portion of the day.
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
Home to the Bhuddist Centre for World Peace and Health there are a range of courses and meditation retreats offered on the island. There are also some lovely walks to be had even though the island measures only 3km by 1km. A ferry runs from Lamlash Pier three times daily between Easter and October, the journey takes 10 minutes and no bookings are needed.
Food & Drink
In Whiting Bay, Lamlash and Brodick you'll find a selection of shops, delis, restaurants and bars. Make sire to bring a packed lunch or be prepared to stop in Lamlash for refreshment enroute and bring plenty of water for the day.