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Glenashdale Waterfall

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Glenashdale Waterfall
Author: Mattreed, Published: 26 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Glenashdale Waterfall Walking Guide star0 Glenashdale Waterfall Walking Guide star0 Glenashdale Waterfall Walking Guide star0 Glenashdale Waterfall Walking Guide star0 Glenashdale Waterfall Walking Guide
Ayrshire, Arran
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Glenashdale Waterfall
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Glenashdale Waterfall Walking Guide boot Glenashdale Waterfall Walking Guide boot Glenashdale Waterfall Walking Guide
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A 3 mile circular walk from Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran. The walk has an early 150m climb up to the Giants' Graves, two chambered cairns with fantastic views over Whiting Bay and Holy Island. The walk then continues to reach a viewing platform for the Glenashdale Falls (also known as Eas a’ Chrannaigand) then returns through a wooded glen. There are no stiles or other obstacles on route and you will not be sharing the paths with any livestock. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.

The walk starts at Ashdale Bridge towards the southern end of Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, KA27 8QX. There is parking opposite the start of the walk, which is well-signposted on the south side of the bridge. Buses are available to Whiting Bay.

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Walk Sections

Start to Giants' Graves
Start to Giants' Graves

Start point: 55.4819 lat, -5.0923 long
End point: 55.477 lat, -5.0979 long

The walk begins along the signed path for Glenashdale Falls (this starts on the south side of Ashdale Bridge). Continue along this path to a signpost, then turn left (signposted Giants' Graves). Head up the steep zigzag path to reach the Giants' Graves, with great views over Whiting Bay village.

Giants' Graves to Signpost
Giants' Graves to Signpost

Start point: 55.477 lat, -5.0979 long
End point: 55.476 lat, -5.0987 long

After seeing the Giants' Graves, two chambered burial cairns, continue to a junction and turn right in the direction of Glanashdale Falls.

Signpost to Signpost 2
Signpost to Signpost 2

Start point: 55.476 lat, -5.0987 long
End point: 55.4783 lat, -5.1192 long

Follow the track as it contours the hillside for 1km or so, until you come to a junction with a path to your right (marked with a signpost).

Signpost 2 to Waterfall Viewpoint
Signpost 2 to Waterfall Viewpoint

Start point: 55.4783 lat, -5.1192 long
End point: 55.4792 lat, -5.1185 long

Turn right at this junction, following the signpost in the direction of Glenashdale Falls. The path heads down for a minute or so until you reach the falls viewpoint.

Waterfall Viewpoint to Giants' Graves Signpost
Waterfall Viewpoint to Giants' Graves Signpost

Start point: 55.4792 lat, -5.1185 long
End point: 55.4816 lat, -5.1014 long

Continuing down the path from the viewpoint of the upper part of the falls, another viewing platform is reached giving spectacular views over Glenashdale Falls, around 140 feet (45 metres) high. The path then continues down through woodland, at one point crossing a footbridge over a tributary, before reaching the Giants' Graves signpost that you passed at the beginning of the walk.

Giants' Graves Signpost to End
Giants' Graves Signpost to End

Start point: 55.4816 lat, -5.1014 long
End point: 55.482 lat, -5.0922 long

Finally, continue ahead back along the path to reach the start point.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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