View of Brodick and Goatfell in distance

Walking on Arran is great for families who love the outdoors. There is an abundance of walks around the whole island for you to choose from. We have walked Kings Cave and the Machrie Stone circles before as well which is a great way to explore for the kids.  On our recent trip to Arran, myself and our eldest son (who was 6 at the time) decided to do the Clauchlands and the Corriegills Walk. We altered the route slightly by walking in reverse, which I’m not sure if it is harder walking the way we did, but it worked for us.

Map of the Clauchlands and the Corriegills Walk

Clauchlands and the Corriegills Walk With Kids

Clauchlands and the Corriegills Walk

We set off on foot from our self catering accommodation in Brodick and headed into the town to find our starting point. I had a GPS device with me, along with maps and instructions (although I couldn’t make sense of these as we were walking in reverse!) The route climbs up out of Brodick and through a woodland area, before coming to a car park. There are some great views to be had and we stopped for a few minutes to eat cakes and have a quick drink.

Once we reached the next car park we crossed the main road (A841) and headed off on the forestry track. We (okay I) did get slightly lost at this point as I couldn’t tell from the GPS which way we were meant to go. Walking up and down the different tracks until I figured out which way to go…technology! Ha!

Border collie in heather
Our dog running about

Up and Up

From here we started to climb uphill through the heather. The colours were amazing and every now and then we stopped to look behind us. We have always found that sometimes the best views are behind us. Big K was struggling a bit so I let our dog off her lead and pulled him up with the lead. That being said, I think he just enjoyed the extra help as he was keeping up with me no bother!

Child with arms up after climbing to top of a hill

At the Top

Wow, this is why I love hiking. The views at the top of Clauchlands hill was amazing. Luckily the weather was in our favour and we could see for miles. Big K was so proud of himself for making it to the top of the “mountain”. After another break, we then set off down the hill which would take us back into Brodick.

View over Arran

Boggy Footpaths

The route downhill was pretty boggy in sections. I just made Big K follow my footsteps, while our dog just ran through the mud getting covered! I can imagine on a rainy day that this would be much worse, so make sure you are wearing proper footwear. Otherwise, you may not have dry feet by the end of the walk!

View of Goatfell
View of Goatfell

Walks on Arran

We didn’t see anyone on this walk until we were about 1/2 mile outside of Brodick, which always makes walks much more enjoyable when you feel so remote. Having since done a number of walks on Arran, we have noticed that you hardly ever see anyone. I do wonder where everyone goes when they get off the ferry as you never seem to see anyone out on the walks!

The Clauchlands and the Corriegills Walk is just under 7 miles which for my eldest son is just about right for distance. I’m looking forward to the day when my youngest can walk with me to enjoy the great outdoors too.

Have you ever been on Arran? Do you have a favourite walk on Arran? Let me know in the comments below.

Clauchlands and the Corriegills Walk on Arran With Kids

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I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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  1. Oh this looks like you got to enjoy the most wonderful views, your kids are amazing our two would have moaned to much but it looks like the most wonderful walk and our dog would have loved the mud too, thanks so much for linking up #mondayescapes xx

  2. We’ve yet to walk Arran with the girls but it sounds like an enjoyable one. Can relate to the frustrations of technology acting up sometimes. #MondayEscapes

  3. This looks lovely. Arran is one of our potential family “honeymoon” destinations next year. It was added to the list after your post about the Kings Cave


    1. Aww so glad it is in the running for your familymoon. It is a great place to go explore, and if you love the outdoors then it is just the right place to go!

  4. It looks like a great walk. It’s always good when your hard work is rewarded with a beautiful view. I’ve never been to Arran, but I would love to. Looks just like our sort of place, and love how it’s nice and peaceful. Thank you for sharing your route with us #AdventureCalling

  5. Great effort Little Man. He looks like he had a great time. What a view from Goatfell too! This really does look like a beautiful place to walk despite the boggy sections. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling I hope you can again tomorrow.

  6. This looks amazing! What a great day out! I can totally relate to your point about pausing to look behind at the view and the sense of satisfaction at seeing the summit view! Makes the effort all worth the while! Great memories and family bonding, what could be better?!

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