Stage 4: Blackwaterfoot to Kildonan — Arran Coastal Way
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
September 1, 2020
The penultimate stage takes you to the beautiful Kildonan Beach via some interesting caves, a Neolithic chambered cairn, and one of the toughest sections of the Coastal Way.
With 12.8 miles (20.6 km) of distance, 375 feet (114 m) of uphill and 400 feet (122 m) of downhill, this hike might appear relatively leisurely. However, there is some rugged terrain to contend with and you need to be aware of the tide times (more on this later).
You leave Blackwater along the coastline and soon reach the Preaching Cave, which has been used as a school and church over the centuries. The path becomes more challenging at this point as it climbs over stones and through overgrown areas.
You eventually leave the shoreline and climb to the road, which you follow to Lagg. Here, you find one of the oldest hotels on Arran, the Lagg Hotel, which is a good place for a pit-stop. You continue east on the road for a short while before descending to the coastline past Torrylin Chambered Cairn.
Up next is challenging and boggy boulder-scramble to Bennan Head. This section can only be walked at low tide and might take longer than you think. (To check tide times, visit: tideschart.com/United-Kingdom/Scotland/North-Ayrshire/Isle-of-Arran). As you approach the cliffs of Bennan Head, the terrain becomes very rocky. You pass a waterfall before the massive opening of the Black Cave is reached.
After the cave, the shore is completely impassable at high tide and is a challenging boulder climb at the best of times. However, you eventually return to grass and the walking becomes easier all the way to Kildonan. There are a number of places to stay in the village and options for food and drink.
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