Walk: Glenashdale & Graves - two Arran giants

Arran | Whiting Bay | Half day walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Glenashdale & Graves - two Arran giants ★★★
Start / finish at small car park just off A841, Whiting Bay village centre, Arran, G.R.: NS 046256 ///scramble.windmill.down

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 240 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Glenashdale Fort; Glenashdale Falls; Giants' Graves
Terrain: Minor road and track for initial ascent then good paths throughout, often steep with lots of steps to Giants' Graves.

Route & map

Car park - South Kiscadale - Glenashdale Fort - cross burn above Glenashdale Falls - viewpoint for falls on south bank - path junction at G.R.: NS 041252 - out-and-back path to Giants' Graves from here - Ashdale Bridge - start

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Red squirrel in the forest on ascent; small birds.
Weather: Quite warm but overcast, cloud on hills after a little earlier rain.

Also on this walk

📌 Glenashdale Falls ★★★★
1 mi west of Whiting bay & the nearest road, Arran, G.R.: NS 030250 ///poets.richly.roosters
Always open | Free

💬 If visiting the waterfall without doing the walk above, closest parking is on the A841 in Whiting Bay village centre, G.R.: NS 047253 ///linen.fries.annual. From here it's a 30-min walk (each way) to the falls. Follow the road north for a few metres, then head left on the signposted footpath along the south bank of the Glenashdale Burn, with a steep ascent (100 m vertical) to the top of the falls.

[Giants' Graves chambered cairns]


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