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.
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.
Allow 2½ hours
The nearest public toilets and eating places are in Brodick and Lamlash.
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.
Nearest postcode: KA27 8BJ, about a mile from Brodick.
Buses stop in Brodick and Lamlash. See Traveline Scotland for timetables.
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