Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

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Glenrickard Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is closed.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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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