Where? Isle of Arran, Scotland
Route length: 4km
Lochranz castle, situated on the north headland of the Isle of Arran, offers a breath-taking setting to immerse yourself in the mountain views and expansive seascape. With a history dating back to the early 13th century, the remains of Lochranz castle stand as a captivating testament to its vibrant past.
As you take in the scenery, you may be fortunate enough to witness the red deer descending from the mountains to graze on the lush grass surrounding the castle. Keep an eye out for the resident Lochranz grey seal, lazily basking on the rocky shore. Along this coastline, it is also possible to spot bottlenose dolphins.
Follow the path to Fairy Dell, which winds around Newton Point. Here, you'll find a view indicator that highlights significant landmarks and sights across the vast expanse of the Firth of Clyde to the north of Arran.
Arran boasts an impressive array of approximately 900 flowering plants, many of which can be discovered along the shore or on the cliffs around Lochranz. Thrift, Sea Campion, and Navelwort are just a few examples of the flora that cling to ledges and crevices. Spring is an especially enchanting time to visit, as the area teems with wildlife.