Path projects


As a major tourist destination, high quality access provision is vital to the islands economy. The Trust aims to continue to play the leading role in meeting the expectation of visitors and residents – providing access for all abilities – whilst protecting the heritage and landscape of this beautiful island.

Over the years the Trust has been successful in attracting funding for path works, interpretation and signage to benefit visitors and residents. On Arrans Northern Hills repair and upgrade of eroded hill paths has been undertaken whilst on low ground all user surfaced paths have been created. A major project started in 2014 – to complete a 56 mile Arran Coastal Way – is due for completion in December 2016.

Funding for individual projects has come from Heritage Lottery Fund, European Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, North Ayrshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Arran Trust (a visitor payback scheme) and has enabled the Trust to appoint contractors, project managers and recently employ a footpath team and Project Coordinator for the duration of the coast project.

Path improvements have also been made possible by the many, many hours of time, effort and hands on work of the volunteers of the Arran Access Trust and Arran Coastal Way. You can see examples of what has been done below.

Examples of path improvements

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Blue Rock before

Blue Rock before

Blue Rock after

Blue Rock after

North Sannox before

North Sannox after



stile replacement before

stile replacement after

Coire Fhionn Lochan before

Coire Fhionn Lochan after


Arran Coastal Way

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An Scriodan at Fairy Dell (Newton Shore) before

An Scriodan at Fairy Dell (Newton Shore) before

An Scriodan at Fairy Dell (Newton Shore) after

Corrigravie to Sannox before

Corricravie to Sliddery before

Corrigravie to Sannox after

Corricravie to Sliddery after



Strathwillan before

Strathwillan before

Strathwillan-after

Strathwillan after

Ossians Cave before

Ossians Cave before

Ossians Cave after

Ossians Cave after

Postmans Path, Lochranza after

Postmans Path, Lochranza after


All-user Access

disabled-accessSome of the paths dotted around the Island are all abilities paths or are suitable for less able walkers. Many of these provide access to great view point with good spots for picnics, enjoy.

Photo: All-user access at Newton Shore, Lochranza

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