Holy Island from Clauchlands Point

Clauchlands Point

Route: Clauchlands Point, Lamlash Bay

Area: Scotland, Isle of Arran

Date of walk: 17th October 2021

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance:  2.7 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather:  Mostly cloudy with a few patches of sun

The landscape of Arran was hidden under clag this morning so we’d opted for a garden visit at Brodick Castle. This left the afternoon free and by good fortune the clouds parted at around 3pm and there were some glimpses of decent light

Without ado we planned a short walk near to our base in the village of Lamlash. We could have walked to the start, but time was short and so we drove further around Lamlash Bay and parked near the Outdoor Education Centre. There are a few parking spaces dotted around the bay and the walk could be started from any of them

We followed the lane until it ended near Kerr’s Point and turned into a path, part of the Arran Coastal Way. This part of the bay is a Marine Conservation Area and a ‘No Take Zone’ – an area of sea and seabed where no fish may be taken by any method. We had some good wildlife sightings, including grey seals, curlew and oystercatchers. Otters may be seen here too, though we had no luck today

As we followed the easy path there were good views across the bay to Holy Island, where we would have walked today but for the poor weather. We arrived at the far point of the walk, Clauchlands Point, and after watching the wildlife for a while retraced our steps back to the start

With more time to spare, we could have continued along the coast path and followed a circular route by returning via paths over the Clauchland Hills. As it was, we’d enjoyed this short but sweet little walk

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