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10 miles | 5-7 hours

Suitable for walking, running and cycling (cyclists should note some sections can be boggy so check OS maps for alternative tracks)

This section takes you across open moorland before bringing you to the secluded and attractive Loch Ciaran. Renowned for its abundant birdlife and shy brown trout, it is popular with anglers and is the perfect picnic stop. From here forest walks lead you down to the village of Clachan where there is a small selection of accommodation options. A visit to Dun Skeig Hill Fort, located to the south-east of the village, is recommended.

Claonaig to Clachan

Your route in more detail

Claonaig is a village just a mile south of Skipness and the location of the seasonal ferry for Arran. The terminal has a car park and shelter for the bus service to Tarbert. The nearest villages are Tarbert, Skipness and Carradale. To the south, Campbeltown can be reached via the B842 coast road or the B8001 and the A83.

There are no shops or accommodation until you reach Clachan Village, so please take all provisions with you before you start. 

From the road junction at Claonaig, walk a mile south west along the B842 single-track road. There is no continuous verge but the traffic is normally light. Turn right at the car park and head uphill on a broad track, which has views to the Isle of Arran.

For about 1.5 miles head north-westerly between a fence on your left and a woodland area on your right. The route rises gently before levelling off then descending to a bridge across the Larchmor Burn. After the bridge the trail turns sharply south west, crossing moorland filled with beautiful heather and bilberry.

Follow the road westerly for over a mile before turning left and south. Within 435 yards, bear right towards Loch Ciaran on a broad forest road. On the north-eastern shore, look out for the Loch Ciaran Standing Stone. This prehistoric edifice dates to the third or second millennium BC.

About halfway along Loch Ciaran be alert for where the Way bears off to the left. It then follows a stream from the loch along the left side of the Kintyre Way. The path turns to the right, over a dyke into mixed woodland. In spring you’ll be able to marvel at the immense carpet of bluebells. 

Follow the waymarkers through the woods. The path goes downhill then steepens where there is a wooden walkway. Continue through the woods to emerge at a minor road where you turn right, downhill towards the A83. The village of Clachan lies ahead of you on the far side of the A83.

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