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King's Cave

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Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Car Park & Trail Closed

Due to the recent adverse weather conditions, the car park and trails at Kings Cave are currently closed whilst our staff assess and clear damage from windblown trees.

About

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

Despite the legends, it’s unlikely that Robert the Bruce sheltered in the King’s Cave before the Battle of Bannockburn – or saw the famous spider. But King's Cave is still worth a visit for its superb location on a raised shingle beach and amazing inscriptions. Bring a torch to help you explore.

The circular trail begins and ends in pleasant mixed forest with scenic views across Machrie moor, the Drumadoon cliffs and west towards Ireland.

King's Cave route card (PDF)

Walking trails

Walking

King's Cave Trail

A beautiful circuit of forest and shoreline with wonderful views inland and across Kilbrannan Sound. Discover legendary King’s Cave where Robert the Bruce is said to have sheltered.

Generally firm but uneven gravel and earth surface. Rough rocky section along the shore and some narrow stretches. Several long steep slopes and two gates.

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3 miles / 4.7 km

Allow
2 hours

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The sea level around Arran was once over 30 feet (10 metres) higher than it is now, so there is a steep descent to get down onto the beach. You'll see the King's Cave in soft sandstone cliffs above the beach, towards the end of the coastal section.

Facilities and access

Walking
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Parking

Blackwaterfoot has the nearest public toilets and eating places.

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.

From Brodick take the B880 (The String) west across the island to Blackwaterfoot. Turn right onto the A841 and travel through Blackwaterfoot towards the north for just under 3 miles (4.8 km) until you see the car park on your left, at grid reference NR 898 315.

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Nearest postcode: KA27 8DX 

Public transport

The nearest bus stops are at Machrie, Blackwaterfoot and Shiskine. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

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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 'King's Cave': 4.59 miles
Close up of cones on tree

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

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'King's Cave': 4.82 miles
A pine woodland on a hill with fields and a small harbour in the background

A steep climb to sweeping mountain and island views

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Tourist information
Tourist information
Distance from 'King's Cave': 5.25 miles

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