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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 backā€¦

Forests to visit

Two people walking up a hill path overlooking a large bayBrodick Castle

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

Brodick Castle


Two small standing stonesDyemill

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



Sun shining through trees and illuminating grassGlenrickard

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



Wide rocky bayKing'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


Rocky foreshoreNorth Sannox

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

North Sannox


A heathery hilltop overlooking a bay with a large hilly island in itSouth End

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

South End