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Glenrickard

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Start exploring Arran, with cairns, standing stones and lots of red squirrels

Start exploring Arran here – it’s the closest woodland to the Brodick ferry and easily accessible by foot. Like the rest of the island, the forest is rich in archaeological remains with several chambered cairns, standing stones and an Iron Age hill fort. There are superb views of Goatfell and a healthy population of red squirrels – you might see them scampering up a tree or foraging on the forest floor.

Walking trails

Walking

Clauchland Hills Trail

Climb up to the rugged crest of Clauchland Hills for stunning panoramic views of Holy Isle and Brodick Bay. Return via the chambered cairns of Dunan Mor and Dunan Beag. 

Long steep slopes for up to half a mile. Uneven grassy and earthy surface for long stretches, with narrow and potentially muddy sections. Includes a road crossing from car park.

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3 ½ miles / 5.6 km

Allow
2½ hours

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Ancient monument
Ancient monument

The nearest public toilets and eating places are in Brodick and Lamlash.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

Travel by ferry from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire to Brodick and then follow the A841 south for 1¾ miles (2.8 km). Cnoc na Dail car park is on the right, at grid reference NS 018 333.

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Nearest postcode: KA27 8BJ, about a mile from Brodick.

Public transport

Buses stop in Brodick and Lamlash. See Traveline Scotland for timetables.

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0300 067 6900 (option 2)
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Nearby forests

A small waterfall over a rock ledge in a lusk broadleaf forest with grass and native vegetaion on the banks

Burnside trails, gentle waterfalls, and a climb to lonely Urie Loch

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'Glenrickard': 2.18 miles
Close up of yellow oak leaf

Explore the castle grounds and forests with views over Brodick Bay

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Glenrickard': 2.66 miles
Cliffs stretching out into the ocean with a small beach at low tide and ferns along the edges

A mixture of forest and coast, with open views and the famous King's Cave

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Glenrickard': 4.81 miles