some new and updated route guides to download, with more on the
way, watch this space!:
Easy - Trail achievable by most people
Moderate - Trail / Technical previous experience
Route • Glencloy
Hard - Technical proficient mountain bikers only
Route • Laggan
Extreme - Technical / Enduro proficient &
Cycling with young children
Unfortunately at the
moment, kids under about 10 years old will find most of Arran's
trails and roads quite hard.
Some suggestions would be the short 4 mile loop around Blackwaterfoot
and shiskine or extend that to a 13 mile loop further inland and
back across Machrie moor to Machrie golf club and back to Blackwaterfoot.
The Coast road from Machrie north is nearly all flat and quiet
to Lochranza. It's worth catching the Lochranza ferry with bikes
and cycling down to Skipness castle and seafood shack.
Not much in the way of easy offroad trails but parking at North
Sannox picnic site and riding on past the Fallen Rocks is lovely,
flat and manageable. Into Glen Rosa past the camp site and following
the undulating rough track is good, just turn around when it gets
too rough! There's a nice forest road going east to 'Dun Fion'
from the top of the hill between Brodick and Lamlash, quite undulating
but amazing views.
If you need any more
information regarding Cycling on Arran please contact Gerard
Below are some more suggested sections/routes,
on existing tracks and paths. Use this info with the map opposite
along with your OS map of Arran to plan your own rides. Cyclists
ride these at their own risk and are liable for their own actions.
The general advice is to walk and push the cycle if in any doubt
about riding a particular section of route.
Key to off-road terrain conditions:
(1) - Easy, achievable by most people.
(2) - Moderate, previous experience required.
(3) - Hard, proficient mountain bikers only.
1. Brodick Castle Route & Trailquest (1) (as Download)
Mainly off-road circular route from Cladach. Route and Trailquest
maps available from Arran Adventure Co. 6 miles, 1 to 2 hours.
2. Laggan (3) (as Download)
From North Sannox picnic site take the A841 to Lochranza, turn
right through the Golf course, right again on to track then left
up singletrack over hill to Laggan. Follow coast path south, back
to picnic site. 15 miles, 2 to 3 hours.
3. Newton Shore (2/3)
From Lochranza Golf course, take the Newton Shore road then right
up the track through North Newton. Follow path to Fairy Dell,
down tricky descent onto technical coast path back to Newton Shore.
4 miles, 1 hour.
4. Clauchan Link (3)
From Shiskine Cemy take forest trails across Clauchan water up
to forest boundary. Follow faint trail across moorland to meet
Ross road at Glenree. 5 miles, 1 to 2 hours.
5. Kilmory Loop (1)
Start at the Creamery. Follow road East to pick up forest cycle
trail on left. Continue up this past Auchareoch House. Take next
left track through Aucheleffan and Cloined to finish. 7 miles,
1 to 2 hours.
6. The Forest Road (1)
Signed route from Kilmory to Lamlash along forest road. Although
this is easy terrain the route is very hilly and requires reasonable
fitness. 10 miles, 1 to 2 hours.
7. Glenashdale Link (1)
A link up hill to the Forest road - route 6 - from Whiting Bay.
8. Knockenkelly (2)
A link up hill to the forest road - route 6 - from Whiting Bay
and Knockenkelly. 2 miles.
9. The Letter (3)
Fork south from Cnoc Na Dial Forest Car Park along forest road,
for approx 1 mile to go left down a rock ramp to meet edge of
establihed forest. Head straight down hill on narrow and muddy
faint path to eventually meet tarmac road at Lamlash reservoir.
Follow this down to Lamlash village. 2 miles.
10. Clauchlands Forest (3)
Head east on forest road from Cnoc Na Dial Forest car park, to
eventually bear right down steep path and turn left before Fort
down to Corriegills. 3 miles.
11. Fairy Glen (2)
Leave Brodick on Mayish Road, this turns to track and climbs to
meet forest boundary. Descend singletrack into Fairy Glen and
continue up to meet Cnoc Na Dial Forest car park. 2 miles.
12. Glen Cloy (1) (as Download)
Climb north west from Cnoc Na Dial Forest Car Park along the forest
road, this then descends into the head of Glen Cloy. 2 miles.
Singletrack continues through the forest, through some fields
and into Brodick along the river bank.
13. North Sannox (1)
From picnic site go through gate and cycle north along forest
track to Fallen Rocks, return same route. Ideal for children.
2.5 miles in total.
14. Sannox Glen (2)
A short 1 mile stretch of track up Glen Sannox, well worth it
for the views. Ideal for older children.
15. Glen Rosa (2)
From Glen Rosa camp site continue along track, through deer fence
to finish at foot bridge over Garbh Allt waterfalls, return same
route. Ideal for older children. 2.5 miles in total.
By mixing some of these routes and roads together it is possible
to make many more and varied longer routes depending on your own
abilities and fitness.
1. Arran North Circular - A B C D A
A stunning route around Arran's high mountains. Flat coast roads,
plus 2 big inland hills. Achievable by
most people with good fitness. 32 miles. 3 to 5 hours.
2. Machrie Moor - E D C E
An easy circuit in the Shiskine valley, ideal for families. 13
miles, 1 to 2 hours.
3. Ross and String - A J H F E D A
A tough route with spectacular views, climbing over the 2 highest
roads on the island, a good level of
fitness required. 28 miles, 3 to 5 hours.
4. South End Loop - H F G H
A loop around Arran's picturesque South East corner. Including
the Ross hill and undulating coast road,
achievable with basic fitness. 25 miles, 2 to 4 hours.
5. Lamlash Shore - J K J
A short 2 mile stretch of quiet flat coast road from Lamlash to
Clauchlands, perfect for young families.
4 miles, easy.
6. Arran South Circular - A D E F G H J A
This is a harder ride than its Northern counterpart yet just as
rewarding, on typically undulating coast road, a good level of
fitness is required. 36 miles, 3 to 5 hours.
7. Arran Circular - A B C E F G H J A
The famous ‘Round the Island' route, a tough combination
of both North and South circulars, an
excellent days challenge requiring a good level of fitness. 57
miles, 5 to 8 hours.
8. Sustrans Route 73- A B
The ‘Sustrans' National Cycle Network (Route 73). The coast
road link between Brodick and Lochranza
ferry terminals. 14 miles, 1 to 2 hours.