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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Your first view of Arran from the ferry is of craggy Goatfell towering above the island and the green softness of low-lying forests all around.

A quarter of the land is forested and many of the island's animals and birds live in the woods. Arran is a red squirrel stronghold and you won't be able to miss their busy forest activities at dawn or dusk.

The Giants' Graves at South End

Peaceful walks and gorgeous views are guaranteed. With ever-changing birdlife and plenty of archaeology to seek out too, you might just have to come back…

Guide map to the forests of Arran (PDF 2.8MB)

Forests to visit

Two smiling childrenBrodick Castle

Miles of woodland trails around a perfect Scottish castle and the start of the hillpath to Goatfell.

Brodick Castle


A man and woman cross a wooden bridge in a woodlandDyemill

Follow a rushing stream through fresh, green, native woodland and find evidence of past peoples wherever you go.



View over forest and hillside towards a distant mountainGlenrickard

Walk here from the ferry for scampering red squirrels, ancient standing stones and superb views of Goatfell.



Two women and a man walk alongside a pondKing's Cave

Enjoy scenic views, sheltered forest paths and an unusual raised beach on your way to the legendary King's Cave.

King's Cave


Two men walking along a woodland pathNorth Sannox

Choose between an easy walk by the sea or a rewarding climb through the forest - the views from both are breathtaking.

North Sannox


Family of four cycling along a woodland pathSouth End

Hang out over Glenashdale Falls, think big at the Giants' Graves and then cycle for miles through gorgeous native woodland.

South End

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