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Walk From Lamlash to Brodick

By Ian Tupman   

on August 25, 2018    5/5 (1)

Posted as a walk in – Europe, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Walk From Lamlash to Brodick

Further Details

Route Summary:

A low level, linear walk using coastal and forest paths.

Route Start Location: Lamlash village/Brodick seafront

11.12 km 319 m 3-4hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


The usual facilities are to be found in both Lamlash and Brodick but none on the route.


Some steep, grassy ground on the Clauchland hills.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : Not applicable

Free public parking is available on the seafronts at Lamlash and Brodick

Public Transport:

Ferries to the Isle of Arran are operated all year (subject to weather) by Calmac

The bus timetable on Arran (Mar 2018) revolves around the ferries and if making a day visit from the mainland, be sure not to miss the last boat!

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Walk From Lamlash to Brodick Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Walk From Lamlash to Brodick

A low level walk on the Isle of Arran, passing through coastal and forest scenery with some excellent viewpoints en route.

Walk From Lamlash to Brodick Route Description

1 From the seafront at Lamlash, head north-east with Lamlash Bay on your right. When the main road swings left, go straight ahead on the tarmac road.

Go straight ahead here keeping the sea on your right

2 Lamlash Bay is home to a community Marine Conservation Area which has been successful in restoring numerous species of marine life that had become extinct in the area due to over-fishing.

Look out for seals lying on rocks in the bay.

3 Continue on the road passing the Arran Outdoor Education Centre until you arrive at the parking area. Pass through the gate and join the track signposted ‘Clauchlands Point’. After approximately one kilometre,  take the path to the left and then turn right at the red marker.

Keep left here and then right after ten metres

4 Upon reaching the war time look out post, keep right and continue on the path which climbs steadily along the top of the cliffs and offers fine views back over Lamlash Bay to Holy Isle. Climb over the stile at a steel gate and climb to the white trig point.

Holy Isle and Lamlash Bay

5 Descend steeply from the trig point to a crossroad of paths. Ignore the paths to left and right and go straight ahead. Follow this track uphill to the large turning area at the end of the forest road where there is a wooden signpost.

Forest road

At the time of writing the path straight ahead was closed for forestry operations but when the works are completed and the path has been cleared, it will provide excellent views down over Brodick Bay and the northern mountains. For the time being, turn left and join the forest road which descends gently as it passes around the south side of the Clauchland hills.

6 Stay on the forest road until it opens out into a large parking area and continue to the main Lamlash-Brodick road.

[NB. If you have taken the higher level path from the turning area it will bring you down to rejoin the forest road approximately 300m from the parking area]

Cross the main road and take the path on the right signposted ‘Viewpoint Car Park’ and ‘ ‘Brodick’ The car park has an orientation table identifying the northern mountains which are spread out in front of you.

Panorama of Arran’s northern mountains

7 Leave the car park on the left, signed ‘Brodick’. The route now passes through mixed woodland as it gradually descends towards Brodick.

Passing through the Roots of Arran Community Woodland

8 Pass through a metal gate and upon reaching the surfaced road, go straight ahead. At the T junction turn left downhill to reach the seafront at Brodick.




Ian lives In Ardrossan and being only a fifty five minutes ferry crossing to Brodick, the Isle of Arran is his 'back yard'. He knows the mountains of the north of the island well and has walked every permutation of routes over the various summits. He is now spending more time further north exploring the Cairngorms, the far north-west and the mountains of the west of Scotland.
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