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Arran Cycling Routes

Here are some suggestions for both road and off road routes with a little detail to help and advise your decision making on what might be best for you.

The road routes are basic descriptions for use with a map or road atlas, including mileage, grade, timings, etc. The mountain bike routes are downloadable maps / descriptions to print out and follow in conjunction with a good OS map. These range from easy graded routes to very technical singletrack and wilderness mountain trails.

 

Mountain Bike Off Road Routes

Clauchlands Route  Start and finish in Brodick, grade - hard/technical 18km. Hilly forest roads, tracks, rough trails and technical singletrack, experienced mountain bikers only.

Castle Route  Start and finish in Brodick, grade - easy/moderate 10km. Hilly forest roads, tracks, rough trails, achievable by most MTB novices with good fitness.

Glencloy Route  Start and finish in Brodick, grade - easy/moderate 10km. Hilly forest roads, tracks, rough trails, achievable by most MTB novices with good fitness.

Laggan Route  Start and finish in Sannox, grade - hard/technical 25km. Hilly forest roads, tracks, rough trails and technical singletrack, experienced mountain bikers only.

Classic Route  Start and finish in Brodick, grade - technical/severe 35km. Hilly forest roads, tracks, rough trails and technical singletrack, for experienced technical mountain bikers with very good fitness.

Arran End to Enduro  Start in Lochranza and finish in Kildonan, grade - hard/technical 50km. Hilly forest roads, tracks, rough trails and technical singletrack, for experienced technical mountain bikers with very good fitness.

Lochranza Loops  Start and finish in Lochranza, grade - easy/moderate 10km. Hilly forest roads, tracks, rough trails, achievable by most MTB novices with good fitness. Do both loops anti-clockwise for best riding.

 

Road Cycling Routes - download leaflet

1. North Loop  Circumnavigate Arran's stunning high mountains

From Brodick head North to Lochranza then south down the West coast to Machrie, take the Machrie Moor road to meet the middle 'String' road and East back to Brodick. Approx 40 miles, includes 2 big climbs, 2 - 4 hours depending on fitness.

2. Machrie Moor  Perfect for aspiring families

From Blackwaterfoot follow the middle 'String' road East through Shiskine to meet and take the Machrie Moor road North West to Machrie. Head South back to Blackwaterfoot. Approx 13 miles, flat and undulating, 1 - 2 hours for most people.

3. Middle Loop  Arran's highest roads, Ross & String

From Brodick take the middle 'String' road West through Shiskine and South through Sliddery to meet the Ross road North East to Lamlash. Head North back to Brodick. Approx 30 miles, includes 2 big climbs, 2 - 4 hours depending on fitness.

4. Ross & South End  A shorter but still challenging loop!

From Lamlash climb the Ross road South West to meet the Coast road East through Whiting Bay and back to Lamlash. Approx 23 miles, includes 1 big climb and a few smaller ones, 1 - 3 hours depending on fitness.

5. Lamlash Shore  Short, flat and quiet

From Lamlash head North East along Shore road to a gate at the end, take the track through the gate to Clauchland's Point, and return. Approx 5 miles, flat single track coast road, half to 1 hour, perfect for young families.

6. South Loop  Circumnavigate Arran's picturesque Southern lowlands

From Brodick take the middle 'String' road West through Shiskine and South through Sliddery, Whiting Bay, Lamlash and back to Brodick. Approx 35 miles, 1 big climb and quite a few smaller ones, 2 - 4 hours depending on fitness.

7. Arran Circular  The Island's complete coast road

From Brodick head North to Lochranza then south down the West coast to Blackwaterfoot, through Sliddery, Whiting Bay, Lamlash and back to Brodick. Approx 57 miles, 2 big climbs and quite a few smaller ones, a challenging 3 - 6 hours depending on fitness and stops.

8. Figure 8  Fit cyclists only please! Use North and South loops to form your own figure of 8 circuit. Approx 75 miles with lots of climbing, a good challenging day out.

9. Double 8  Mad cyclists only please! Use North, Middle & South loops to form your own double figure of 8 circuit. Over 100 miles with lots of climbing, a good punishing day out!

 
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