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Walking on Arran

The best low level walks and challenging mountain routes, including the Arran Coastal Way

The 45 walking routes in this Isle of Arran guidebook range from easy 5km (3 miles) nature trails to long arduous mountain routes with scrambles (up to 22km), providing thorough coverage of Arran, including an ascent of Goatfell, and nearby Holy Isle. Also includes the 110km Arran Coastal Way, one of Scotland's Great Trails.


Arran is good for walking year-round: be aware that the island's population triples in the peak summer period, and deer stalking takes place mid-August to mid-October.


Brodick; Lamlash; Lochranza


This guide include a few easy, waymarked forest trails and low-level walks and a dozen or so moderate glen and hill walks. The rest of the routes require more effort, involving higher mountains, sometimes with hands-on scrambling. There are roads and forest tracks, hill tracks and paths, but many routes also cross pathless slopes and traverse rocky mountain ridges.

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Goatfell, Holy Isle, Beinn Nuis, Beinn Tarsuinn, the Sannox Horseshoe, Glen Rosa and the Cock of Arran
6 Jun 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.60cm

A guidebook to 44 walks on Scotland’s Isle of Arran (plus one on neighbouring Holy Isle) exploring the island’s stunning mountains and coast. Although there are a handful of easier routes, many of the walks involve pathless terrain and a few of the mountain traverses call for some exposed scrambling.

With many walks accessible by public transport, the routes range from 5 to 23km (3–14 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–7 hours. The final ten routes can be combined to form the 7-day Arran Coastal Way, with optional inland variants.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk 
  • Includes the Arran Coastal Way
  • Sized to easily fit in a jacket pocket
  • GPX files available to download
  • The region’s geology, history, plants, wildlife and local points of interest

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Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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