Lochranza and the Pirnmill Hills

Lochranza and the Pirnmill Hills

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.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Fairy Dell, Lochranza grade5km 1.5 -2 hours
Glen Iorsa, from Dougarie grade7.25km 2.5 - 3 hours
Coire Fhionn Lochan gradegrade5.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch Tanna, from Catacol gradegrade13.5km 4.5 - 5 hours
Lochan a' Mhill, Catacol gradegradegrade3.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Sail Chalmadale, from Dougarie gradegradegrade10.5km 5 - 5.5 hours
Laggan circuit, from Lochranza gradegradegrade11.5km 3.5 - 4 hours
Sannox to Lochranza: Cock of Arran gradegradegrade15.75km 4.5 - 6 hours
Loch na Davie circuit, Lochranza gradegradegrade16.5km 5 - 5.5 hours
Pirnmill Hills: Mullach Buidhe of Beinn Bharrain gradegradegradegrade14km 6 - 7 hours
The Arran Coastal Way 109km 7 days

FEATURE: Scotland in Miniature

FEATURE: Scotland in Miniature

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..."

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Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. Information is provided free of charge; it is each walker's responsibility to check it and navigate using a map and compass.