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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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Where we are

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


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.

3 ½ miles / 5.6 km

2½ hours

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

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

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.

Using SatNav?

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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