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.
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.
Tip van de auteur
Look out for seals around Sannox Bay - they can often be seen, hauled out, basking on the rocks.
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.
Points of interest
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.
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
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.