Glen Cloy, Arran

Goat Fell ridge from Glen Cloy

Goat Fell ridge from Glen Cloy

After the success of our last boat+walk jaunt we were confident that another circuitous walk on Arran would meet with a positive response from the Missus.  So a mid-day ferry found us at the start of the wander up Glen Cloy. This route follows good forest paths and gives great views over to Goat Fell and its cohorts. 

Cattle relaxing in Glen Cloy

Cattle relaxing in Glen Cloy

Jazz on forest track, Glen Cloy

Jazz on forest track, Glen Cloy

The path skirts the Auchrannie resort and very quickly leaves the town behind. It’s amazing that after about 15 minutes you feel in the middle of nowhere.  The path enters the forest and emerges where some serious tree clearing is going on.  This leaves a mess but has the advantage of opening up the view over to Goat Fell and in these Autumn colours the place seems to just glow.

Goat Fell ridge (panorama)

Holy Isle from Clauchland Hills

Holy Isle from Clauchland Hills

The track emerges on the Lamlash road which we cross and continue on another good track around the Clauchland Hills.  The weather deteriorates at this point with clouds coming over so the view to Holy Isle and the Ayrshire coast isn’t as good as we’ve had but still good.  The path passes the impressive Dun Fionn (with an interpretation board!) and then heads down to meet the lane coming up from Brodick. This walk isn’t too demanding and the views are wonderful, so we’d recommend it if you have an afternoon to spare (or even if you don’t).   And the Missus loved it.

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