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Stage 3: Pirnmill to Blackwaterfoot — Arran Coastal Way

Stage 3: Pirnmill to Blackwaterfoot — Arran Coastal Way

Difficult
06:39
15.8 mi
2.4 mph
600 ft
625 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
6.94 mi
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Auchagallon Cairn

Hiking Highlight

9.51 mi
9.73 mi
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Moss Farm

Hiking Highlight

12.4 mi
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Machrie Bay View

Hiking Highlight

13.4 mi
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King’s Cave

Hiking Highlight

15.8 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 4.83 mi
Path: 2.89 mi
Street: 0.87 mi
Road: 7.21 mi

Surfaces

Natural: 0.38 mi
Unpaved: 4.45 mi
Gravel: 2.18 mi
Paved: 0.38 mi
Asphalt: 6.84 mi
Unknown: 1.58 mi

Weather Forecast

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Dan Hobson planned a hike.

September 1, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    Ancient stone circles, legendary caves, and wonderful views combine on this stage.

    With 15.8 miles (25.4 km) of distance, 600 feet (183 m) of uphill and 625 feet (191 m) of downhill, this is another hearty hike. Although, compared to the last two stages, it should feel pretty leisurely.

    You leave Pirnmil along the road before a rugged trek along the coastline to Imachar. It is then a fairly long stretch of walking on the road by the western coastline. Keep a look-out for seals along this section.

    A little while before you reach Machrie village, it is worth a detour to see Auchagallon Cairn, an ancient burial site with fine views over Machrie Bay. You return to the road and continue south until Machrie Moor Standing Stones car park.

    Here, you are presented with a simply-unmissable detour to a breathtaking collection of ancient stone circles, cairns, standing stones, and field systems on Machrie Moor. This Neolithic centre of ritual and domestic activity, built roughly 4,000 years ago, is a magical place to explore.

    You return to the road and continue on it until the King's Cave forestry car park. Turn off here and take the footpath right into the trees. The trail soon emerges from the woodland and descends around the boundary where great views await.

    Once you reach the coastline, caves start to appear in the cliffs and a path leads to the King’s Cave. According to legend, Robert the Bruce sheltered here before the Battle of Bannockburn.

    The final stretch takes you along the coastline before rising inland and dropping to Blackwaterfoot village, where you find a good choice of accommodation, places to eat and drink, shops, and other attractions.

    • September 3, 2020

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Stage 3: Pirnmill to Blackwaterfoot — Arran Coastal Way

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