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South End

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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.

About

A waterfall, a peaceful loch and lots of prehistoric sites

The South End Forest covers much of the south east of Arran. It’s the largest area of native woodland on the island and supports many different trees, plants and wildlife, including a healthy population of red squirrels.

There are long and short waymarked trails to interesting forest places, including a waterfall viewing platform, a peaceful loch and a range of prehistoric sites. Many of the trails have superb sea views.

Forests of Arran guide map (PDF 2.8MB)

Walking trails (3)

Walking

Glenashdale Falls Trail

Follow Glenashdale Burn up to the startling rocky cauldron that holds Glenashdale Falls, and return to Whiting Bay via an impressive Iron Age fort.

Uneven gravel and earth surface, with some rough rocky and muddy sections. Several steep slopes and some steps. Includes a narrow gap, several bridges and a section along the road.

Moderate trail grade icon
2 ¾ miles / 4.6 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

Start at the Glenashdale forest entrance in Whiting Bay, ¼ mile (0.5 km) from the Ashdale Bridge car parks.

Walking

Giants' Graves Trail

A stiff climb to the remarkable prehistoric chambered cairns at Giants’ Graves, revealing wonderful views over Whiting Bay.

Long steep slope for 600m. Mostly firm gravel and earth surface. Some rough and potentially muddy sections with exposed tree roots. Includes some bridges and steps.

Strenuous trail grade icon
3 miles / 5.0 km

Allow
2 hours

More information

People once believed that giants buried their victims here. Today we think these unusual horned chambered cairns were built by Stone Age people for ceremonies. You'll enjoy the same sensational views as they did over 5000 years ago.

Start at the Glenashdale forest entrance in Whiting Bay, ¼ mile (0.5 km) from Ashdale Bridge car park.

Walking

Loch Garbad Trail

Climb through the forest above the stunning Eas Mor waterfall to reach an enchanting loch in the hills.

Uneven earth and rock surface, with several muddy sections. Long fairly steep slopes. Crosses one shallow ford and has low overhanging branches.

Strenuous trail grade icon
3 miles / 5.0 km

Allow
2 hours

More information

Start from Eas Mor car park, at the junction of the A841 and the minor road to Kildonan, to the west of the village. It is maintained by volunteers from Eas Mor Ecology.

Cycling trails (1)

Cycling

Dyemill to Kilmory cycle route

A fabulous forest cycle route with wildlife, waterfalls and views to Goatfell and Ireland.

 Cycling post icon
9 ¼ miles / 15.0 km

Allow
2 hours

More information

Stay on the forest roads or make a longer circular route by returning on The Ross, a minor public road between Lamlash and Kilmory. The route includes short detours to Glenashdale Falls, Meallach's Grave and other archaeological features as well as open views to Goatfell, Holy Isle and even Ireland on a clear day.

Start from Dyemill forest car park or the Aucheleffan forest entrance, one mile / 1.6 km east of Kilmory. You can also start or exit at Whiting Bay.

Terrain description

Working forest road with some steep climbs and loose surfaces. Minor public road with one steep climb. Mountain bikes are recommended for the forest section.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Cycling
Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Ancient monument
Ancient monument

There are public toilets and places to eat in Whiting Bay. Kilmory village hall also has toilets.

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 and then follow the A841 south for 8 miles (12.8 km) to Whiting Bay. Leave your car in one of the council car parks at Ashdale Bridge, at the southern end of the village.

Cross the road to the Forestry Commission sign at the start of a narrow lane. The Glenashdale forest entrance is ¼ mile (0.5 km) along the lane at grid reference NS 042 252.

Alternatively, continue west on the A841 towards Kilmory for another 7½ miles (12 km). One mile (1.6 km) east of the village you'll see a blue sign for the Dyemill Cycle Route. Turn right here and continue on a dirt track for one mile (1.6 km). There's informal parking at the Aucheleffan forest entrance, grid reference NR 974 220.

Using SatNav?

KA27 8QX is the nearest postcode to the Glenashdale forest entrance.
KA27 8PH is the nearest postcode for the Aucheleffan forest entrance.

Public transport

There are bus stops in Whiting Bay and Kilmory. You'll find timetable details at Traveline Scotland.

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Facilities and activities
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Parking
Cycling
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Ancient monument
Ancient monument
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Close up of cones on tree

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

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
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Ancient monument
Ancient monument
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Cliffs stretching out into the ocean with a small beach at low tide and ferns along the edges

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Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'South End': 6.65 miles

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