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Isle of Arran Guided Walking

Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 5
from £1,199pp

Often described as ‘Scotland in miniature’, the Isle of Arran is an enchanting landscape of majestic mountains and incredible coastline scattered with relics and ruins from its rich past. Our walks cover the full range of scenery and take in plenty of landmarks along the way. This includes the 13th century Brodick Castle, Machrie Moor’s ancient standing stones, the Neolithic tombs known as the Giant's Graves, plus the chance to conquer Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak. You’ll also stay at the Kinloch Hotel, a cosy sea-facing spot for savouring delicious local cuisine, sampling beer and whisky from Arran’s very own brewery and distilleries and relaxing in the hotel’s spa.

What you’ll love

  • Climbing some of Arran’s spectacular mountains
  • Spotting Scotland’s Big 5 - golden eagle, red deer, seals, otter and red squirrel
  • Visiting the 4000-year-old Machrie Moor standing stones
  • Conquering Goatfell, the highest point on the island
  • Making use of the hotel’s excellent spa facilities
  • The choice of two walks a day – one easier and one more challenging

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s) 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee  
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You’re welcome to check in at the Kinloch Hotel from 2pm on the day of arrival. Your HF Holidays Leaders will be on hand from 6:30pm to give you a warm welcome and quick introduction to the days ahead before dinner. 

Option 1 - Machrie Moor and King’s Cave

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

This is a fabulous walk on the west coast, visiting the 4000-year-old Machrie Moor standing stones with its Bronze Age burial cairn and Robert the Bruce’s famous King’s Cave – the spot where the Scottish hero was supposedly inspired to continue his struggle for independence after an encounter with a spider. We’ll return via the spectacular basalt cliffs of Drumadoon and along the shore to Blackwaterfoot.

Option 2 - Cnoc Breac and Beinn A' Chliabhain from Glen Rosa

Distance: 8.5 miles (14km) 

Ascent: 2300 feet (700m) 

After a gentle ascent into the delightful Glen Rosa, we’ll climb steeply beside the Garbh Allt burn on a well-built path and then on open hillside towards Cnoc Breac. Continuing north there’ll be some easy scrambling onto the rocky summit of Beinn A' Chliabhain where, in fine weather, we are rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. We’ll return via our outward route. 

Option 1 - Glen Rosa and Brodick Castle

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (210m) 

This wonderful walk in Glen Rosa takes us into the heart of Arran’s mountains and peaks, providing a good chance of spotting red deer herds. We’ll continue to the impressive Brodick Castle where there’s free time to explore its beautiful gardens before making our way back to Brodick to catch the bus.  

Option 2 - Mullach Buidh Circuit from Pirnmill

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 3100 feet (955m) 

Our longer option offers the opportunity to climb the little visited west coast mountains of Beinn Bharrain, Mullach Buidhe and Beinn Bhreac. We’ll start at Pirnmill, climbing gently through birch and oak woodland before making our way across an area of rough moorland, boggy in places, to ascend the northwest ridge of Beinn Bharrain. We’ll be rewarded with spectacular views as we traverse the high tops before making our descent over some rough ground to Coire Fhionn Lochan and down to Thundergay and Pirnmill. 

Option 1 - Whiting Bay to Kildonan via Glenashdale Falls

Option 1 – Whiting Bay to Kildonan via Glenashdale Falls 

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

Departing from Whiting Bay, we’ll head inland and ascend to the impressive Glenashdale Falls and on to the two Neolithic chambered tombs known as the Giants’ Graves. Continuing south along the inland route of the Arran Coastal Way, we’ll enjoy extensive views over southwest Scotland. Finally, we’ll descend to Kildonan for the final part of our walk along the coast which, hopefully, will offer some good views of seals.


Option 2 - Glen Sannox and Glen Rosa

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1600 feet (490m) 

The walk through the glaciated valleys of Glen Sannox and Glen Rosa cuts through the heart of the Arran mountains and passes below their impressive cliffs. We’ll pass the old Barytes mine in Glen Sannox and continue on a good path through the glen to scramble steeply up to The Saddle, the col between the glens. The descent, which tends to be rough and boggy at first, picks up Glenrosa Water almost at its source and then follows the river down the lovely Glen Rosa. 

Option 1 - Lamlash to Brodick via the Clauchland Hills and Fairy Glen

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (270m) 

Starting in Lamlash at the Highland Clearances Memorial, we’ll walk along the coast to Clauchlands Point before turning inland to climb to the Iron Age hill fort of Dun Fionn and on over the Clauchland Hills. We’ll descend towards Brodick down the delightful Fairy Glen before finishing off on the Fisherman’s Walk to the grounds of Brodick Castle. 

Option 2 - Goatfell from Corrie

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 2920 feet (890m) 

For our final day, this walk allows us to tackle Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak. We’ll start at Corrieburn Bridge and ascend via Coire Lan on a good path towards North Goatfell. A final scramble will put us on the summit of Goatfell itself for superb views across the island and to the neighbouring Inner Hebrides. We’ll descend south on a well-built path, eventually finishing in the woodland near Brodick Castle. 

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. Check-out is at 10am. 

Kinloch Hotel

Located in Blackwaterfoot on Arran's tranquil western side, the 3-star Kinloch Hotel has been run by the Crawford family since 1954. With an enviable seafront setting, it puts some of the island’s best beaches and coastal paths within walking distance. Rooms all come with en-suite bathrooms, hairdryer, free tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and local Arran Aromatics toiletries. When it’s time to refuel, the restaurant features local produce, including Kilbrannan Sound seafood and Arran Dairies ice cream. Guests can also make use of an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, and snooker room. Public bus stops are located outside the hotel, and free onsite car parking is also available, with access to electric car charging points.  


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Essential information

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   


  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  


  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

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