Walk: Glenashdale & Graves - two Arran giants
|[The falls are too tall to easily capture in a single photo - this is just the lower part]|
Arran is deservedly famed for the quality of its mountain ridge walking in its northern "Highland" region, but the interior of its southern "Lowland" is less well known. Perhaps surprisingly then, this is the location of one of the most spectacular waterfalls in southern Scotland, and possibly the best on any Scottish island except Skye. If your trip to the islands follows heavy rainfall, this is a must-see sight. A steep circuit exploring the falls and an iron age fort starts from Whiting Bay on the coast road, returning along Glenashdale Burn. A painful ascent to the "Giants' Graves" ancient burial cairns allows great views over the bay with Holy Island beyond. Without this out-and-back extension subtract a kilometre, and 100 metres vertical mostly on steps
|[View across Whiting Bay to Holy Island from the Giants' Graves]|
Name: Walk: Glenashdale & Graves - two Arran giants ★★★☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 240 metres
Points of interest: Glenashdale Fort; Glenashdale Falls; Giants' Graves
Start / finish: Small car park just off A841 in Whiting Bay, G.R.: NS 046256 / scramble windmill down
Route: Car park - South Kiscadale - Glenashdale Fort - cross burn above Glenashdale Falls - viewpoint for falls on south bank - path junction at NS 041252 - out-and-back path to Giants' Graves from here - Ashdale Bridge - start.
Terrain: Minor road and track for initial ascent then good paths throughout, often steep with lots of steps to Giants' Graves.
Wildlife today: Red squirrel in the forest on ascent; small birds.
Weather today: Quite warm but overcast, cloud on hills after a little earlier rain.
|[Giants' Graves chambered cairns]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track