Mega 2014 - Arran Coastal Way, Sannox to Lochranza
Sunday, 27 July 2014
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UK Mega Event 2014 - Arran Coastal Walk, Sannox to Lochranza
Laggan Cottage on the Sannox to Lochranza coastal path
Isle of Arran
13:30 -14:30 Sunday 27th July.
(we plan to leave Sannox Stepping stones at 11.20 if you wish to walk with us)
What a better way to recover from a night sampling some of Arrans water of life and other spoils, than a brisk ramble around the coast.
We will be heading out from Sannox Stepping stones at 11:20am (allowing those wishing to attend as day trippers using the 09:45 ferry from Ardrossan and the bus to Sannox from Brodick), walking the coastal way to Lochranza Harbour and Castle taking in the caches that can be found along this coastal path.
The event will actually be at the Laggan Cottage about 13:30 and 14:30, where those present will be able to sign the event logbook. This caters for those who wish to make their own way to the Laggan Cottage from Lochranza.
We’ll adopt a leisurely pace from Sannox stepping stones and we should be in Lochranza for about 17:30 - 18:00 depending on how long you stay at Laggan Cottage. This will allow the day trippers to catch the bus from the distillery at 18:20 returning to Brodick for the 19:00 ferry
It must be stressed that everyone partaking in the walk is responsible for their own safety. It is NOT a guided walk, rather a group walking together, where some members know the route being taken. Although the route is following an established path, some stretches are boggy, whilst others are rough under foot with two boulder fields to navigate.
This section of the coastal way around the Isle of Arran has been a Mecca for geologists for many years due to its wonderfully varied geology. Even in the early days of geological exploration, the likes of James Hutton and Sir Archibald Geikie were attracted to its rugged slopes and coastline. It is along this coast close to Laggan in particular that Hutton first found evidence that supported his ‘Uniformitarianism’ theory – that the Earth was much older than previously thought.
This is one of the sites at which James Hutton (1726 - 1797), first identified this type of geological structure. He was then able to put forward a theory about the geological history of the earth that was to have as profound an effect upon society as did Charles Darwin's 'Origin of the Species', as he was the first to propose that the earths' surface had evolved over an immense period of time.
On the route there are opportunities for you to spot Red deer feeding on the heather clad hills that slope steeply down to the sea, Golden eagles soaring over head and fossilised tracks of giant centipedes embedded in the rock beside the ocean. Out to sea, Seals can be spotted soaking up the sun on the rocks. If you are fortunate enough you can spy on sea otters playing amongst the floating kelp, dolphins and basking sharks are commonly seen just off shore too.
Once we get beyond the Sannox woods you will be secluded on the coastal way with no access to roads for approximately 5 hours so this walk, although flat should be taken seriously. Once we get to Cock Farm where Harold Macmillan, an ex UK prime minister grew up visiting his Grandfathers farm. You can choose between two routes.
One route takes you over the hill to Lochranza, this route will reward your effort to reach the top with spectacular views over the North of the island's mountainous landscape.
The second route carries on past the Cock Farm and follows the coastal path to Lochranza Harbour past the geological examples mentioned above. This route does however pass over a boulder field which presents a very tricky passage over and through the large boulders, dogs and small children may need carrying over some.
The choice of routes will be yours to make at the beginning of the walk or once we reach Cock Farm
At present there are some tree felling operations around Sannox. We are in touch with the forestry commission and If there are problems with this section of the Coastal Way, then the walk will be shortened as a circular from Lochranza to Cock Farm and over the hill back to Lochranza. Regular updates on the Coastal Path being open will be made before the weekend commences and announcements made to all attendees.
OS Map of the coastal walk
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum