Isle of Arran: Glenashdale Falls

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An impressive, 130-foot waterfall is the main focus of this walk of many waterfalls, on a very good path with a couple of steep sections, though the spring display of wildflowers alone is worth the trip! There is an optional diversion of about a mile to visit the Giants' Graves.

Scotland - South Scotland - Ayrshire and Arran - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Public Transport, River, Sea, Tea Shop, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
6/22/2018 - Angela Matthews

We completed this walk on 16/06/2018 and it was our favourite walk on Arran. However, we were not able to follow the route given. For some unexplained reason the route up to the waterfall was blocked from just beyond the path up to Giants’ Graves to just below the Falls viewing platform. This was just after storm Hector so maybe some damage had been done. This meant we went up via the Giants’ Graves which we thought was lovely and would recommend as an alternative route – There are no steps up to the Giants’ Graves now as these have been replaced with a steep zig-zag path. It looks as though this could become a bit of a stream in wet weather as there was a lot of loose rubble in the middle of the path, but it wasn’t difficult to walk up. Going up you get wonderful views of Whiting Bay and the Holy Isle. At the top, the path leads directly on to the Giants’ Graves, the remains of two Neolithic chambered tombs, which are interesting. From the Graves continue straight ahead and in a short while you come to a T junction of paths. Turn right. Very soon you come to another T junction of paths with a clear signpost. Turn right here too and walk along a broad forest track for perhaps 3/4 mile or so, until you come to another signpost to the Falls, off to the right. This brings you out above the viewing platform so for the best view of the Falls walk down to the platform. I am not a quick walker, we stopped to admire the view and the Graves on the way up and it took us about an hour to walk up to the Falls by this route. From here we picked up the instructions at no 6 for our walk back. It was slightly further to the Iron Age Fort than expected but that was easy to find and had a good information board. The fine waterfall under point 7 is definitely worth seeing and the flower-pot men (point 9) are still in place. Angela Matthews