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Stage 5: Kildonan to Brodick — Arran Coastal Way

Stage 5: Kildonan to Brodick — Arran Coastal Way

Difficult
06:58
15.7 mi
2.3 mph
1,375 ft
1,350 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
3.51 mi
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Giants' Graves

Hiking Highlight

4.62 mi
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Glenashdale Falls

Hiking Highlight

5.98 mi
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View of Holy Island

Hiking Highlight

8.05 mi
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Meallach's Grave

Hiking Highlight

15.7 mi
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Brodick

Hiking Highlight

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 5.09 mi
Path: 6.07 mi
Street: 1.42 mi
Road: 1.94 mi
State Road: 1.21 mi

Surfaces

Natural: 0.57 mi
Unpaved: 2.66 mi
Gravel: 3.75 mi
Paved: 2.45 mi
Asphalt: 1.43 mi
Unknown: 4.88 mi

Weather Forecast

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Dan Hobson planned a hike.

September 1, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    Expect crashing waterfalls, ancient burial sites, and spellbinding views on the final stage.

    A challenging conclusion to the Coastal Way, Stage 5 is 15.7 miles (25.3 km) long with 1,375 feet (419 m) of uphill and 1,350 feet (411 m) of downhill.

    From Kildonan, you ascend steeply through farmland into woodland and rugged upland terrain. The trail then heads along forestry tracks to Giants' Graves, two chambered Neolithic tombs in a forest-clearing with fine views over Whiting Bay.

    You keep on the forestry track to the dramatic Glenashdale Falls. There is a viewing platform here so you can admire the 140-foot (45-m) high double waterfall in all its glory. You continue north along the track, where you are afforded fine views over Holy Island and beyond.

    On this section, it is worth a brief detour to see Meallach’s Grave, a Neolithic chambered cairn hidden in rugged scenery. Upon returning to the trail, you begin the long descent to Lamlash on forestry tracks.

    It is a fairly lengthy section on the road through Lamlash, which has a few places for food and drink if you fancy a pit-stop, before you peel off along footpaths around Clauchlands Point. The final section takes you north along the coastline before rising inland and dropping to finish in Brodick village, which has accommodation, places to eat and drink, shops, and the ferry terminal.

    • September 3, 2020

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Stage 5: Kildonan to Brodick — Arran Coastal Way

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