Arran coastal way challenge

As part of My Peak Challenge 2017 I’m walking the Arran Coastal Way (65 miles) round the Isle of Arran with my fiancé and friends. I’m so excited!

Some new peaker friends have also expressed an interest in this walk, so I list below our draft walking plan. You’re more than welcome to join us, but you will need to arrange your own transport to the island and book your accommodation and luggage service.

Please remember the enjoyment of this challenge is totally dependent on our Scottish weather. If it’s blowing a gale and raining this can put a dampener on your experience. We can still do it though, no matter what the weather!

When

June 2017.

Timetables

If you’re taking your car across to Arran you will need to book your sailing in advance.

Car and  parking

If you’re travelling by car you can either park at Ardrossan ferry terminal on the mainland or Brodick  ferry terminal on the Isle of Arran

A new pier and ferry terminal is currently being built in Brodick on the Isle of Arran and scheduled to be finished around October 2017 or earlier.

Accommodation

Accommodation at the different villages is limited, so I’d recommend booking up as soon as possible. Talk to others who are taking part in the challenge to see if room sharing is an option for you. You can also check the Visit Arran and Arran Accommodation Guide websites for more places to stay. You can also check out other booking companies online.

Where I can, I’ve tried to list three or more options of places to stay. Alan and I will be camping at most villages to keep the cost down. I would really like to finalise my own bookings soon.

Remember you can tailor the walk to suit your needs. If you only want to walk some of the days that’s absolutely fine. Join us on those days. Each day’s walk usually offers the main route and an alternative low route. Check out the Arran Coastal Way website.

Luggage service

Luggage service is available from Explore Arran. It costs around £45-63 per bag, no heavier than 18kg. We might just be carrying our own luggage, as little as possible.

Seven day walking plan

Arrival date

Ferry times leaving Ardrossan

Ferry costs from Ardrossan (Return) Where to stay Estimated cost per night
(based on 2 adults sharing)
Friday Check timetable above. We can all arrive at any time and meet up. Car: £30.20
Passenger: £7.50
Glenartney Guesthouse £86 (B&B)
Auchrannie House Hotel £109 (B&B)
The Douglas Hotel £139 (B&B)
The Belvedere Guesthouse £80-95 (B&B)

WALKING DAYS

Day

Route

Distance

Where to stay

£

Saturday Brodick to Sannox 13km (8 miles)

Includes Goat Fell mountain hike depending on weather

Wild camp Free
Sannox Bay Hotel Contact the hotel direct
Darven Cottage £80 (B&B)
Sunday Sannox to Lochranza 14.5km (9 miles) Wild camp or Lochranza Campsite Own tent £18 (1.5 x 2.5m)
Small pod £30
Lochranza Youth Hostel £54
Lochranza Country Inn £110 (B&B)
Monday Lochranza to Imachar
No facilities at Imachar so either stay at Pirnmill or keep walking to Blackwaterfoot
14.5km (9 miles)

Optional 5km (3 mile) uphill return walk to the beautiful Coire Fhionn Lochan depending on weather

Wild camp Free
Clisham B&B, Pirnmill
(One double, one twin only)
£74
Tuesday Imachar to Blackwaterfoot 14.5km (9 miles)

Optional 4km (2.5 mile) flatish return walk to Machrie Standing Stones

Wild camp Free
Lochside B&B £70
Blackwaterfoot Lodge Contact direct
Kinloch Hotel £140 (B&B)
Wednesday Blackwaterfoot to Lagg 12km (7.5 miles) Wild camp Free
Lagg Hotel £70-95
Kilmory Haven Bunkhouse Contact direct
Thursday Lagg to Whiting Bay 16km (10 miles) Wild camp Free
Viewbank Guest House £80 (B&B)
The Burlington £80 (B&B)
Eden Lodge £35-80 (B&B)
Friday Whiting Bay to Brodick 19.5km (12 miles) Either travel home or stay overnight in Brodick to celebrate and relax You decide

Starting place and time

I recommend we should aim to meet at an agreed place in each village at around 9-9.30am each morning to start our day’s walk. This should allow time for everyone to have breakfast. If we can meet earlier, that’s even better.

Pick up your certificate

Completion certificates and pin badges for the full walk can be picked up at the Douglas Hotel in Brodick. I’ve still to find out how they know you’ve completed it though …

Arran webcams

Check out the weather on the Arran webcam.