Lochranza is Arran's most northerly settlement, and site of the summer ferry link to the Kintyre peninsula. Lochranza has a ruined castle, resident seals at low tide and is the starting point of some enjoyable coastal walks; though much of Arran's coast is closely followed by the island's circular road, the area east of Lochranza is one which can only be discovered on foot.
Heading anti-clockwise from Lochranza is Catacol Bay and its Inn, and then the tiny village of Pirnmill. Inland rise the Pirnmill Hills - less spectacular than their eastern neighbours but offering enjoyable walking with solitude and some superb views.
|Fairy Dell, Lochranza||5km||1.5 -2 hours|
|Glen Iorsa, from Dougarie||7.25km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Coire Fhionn Lochan||5.25km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Loch Tanna, from Catacol||13.5km||4.5 - 5 hours|
|Lochan a' Mhill, Catacol||3.75km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Sail Chalmadale, from Dougarie||10.5km||5 - 5.5 hours|
|Laggan circuit, from Lochranza||11.5km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Sannox to Lochranza: Cock of Arran||15.75km||4.5 - 6 hours|
|Loch na Davie circuit, Lochranza||16.5km||5 - 5.5 hours|
|Pirnmill Hills: Mullach Buidhe of Beinn Bharrain||14km||6 - 7 hours|
|The Arran Coastal Way||109km||7 days|
Karen Thorburn writes of her childhood memories and more recent visits to Arran.
"With its rugged mountains, lush glens and windswept islands, Scotland is a utopia for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Despite my background in geography, I have little desire to venture overseas as my constant thirst for landscape photography, coastal walking, island hopping, cycling and camping is quenched within these shores..."