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 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.
Allow 2 hours
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 & access
Blackwaterfoot has the nearest public toilets and eating places.
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.
Nearest postcode: KA27 8DX
The nearest bus stops are at Machrie, Blackwaterfoot and Shiskine. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
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