Lagg to Whiting Bay - via Bennan and Dippen Head

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This is the most challenging section of the Arran Coastal Way, involving difficult clambering over boulders to round the headlands of both Bennan Head and Dippen Head; do not underestimate the time these sections take to complete. Bennan Head is additionally not passable at high tide (the going at Dippen Head is also made even trickier at higher tide) so you need to check the times before setting off. Either or both of the two boulder headland sections can be avoided by taking the alternative inland route.


Boggy and rough shoreline paths; rounding each of the two headlands is over pathless, difficult boulder terrain.

Public Transport

Lagg, Kildonan and Whiting Bay are all well by bus.


Lagg Hotel, Kilmory . Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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