Glenashdale Falls Walk
Where: Glenashdale Falls and Giants Grave
at Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran
When: July 2013
Who: Mark, Louise, Lee and Millie the dog
Why: Visiting Ayrshire so a day out to
Distance: about 3 miles round trip
The image below is of the Arran ferry
Caledonian Isles arriving at
Ardrossan. It costs about £7 per person
for a day return on the ferry, and about
£30 per return for a car, so many people
park in the large car park next to the pier
for a few pounds per day, rather than take
the car. If you are taking a car at weekends
or in the school holiday season, it is best
to pre-book, as the ferry can be fully booked
We were being given a tour round the south
side of the Island by relations, to the
Glenashdale Falls at Whiting Bay, the
Torrylin Cairn at Kilmory on the southwest
side of the Island, and to Blackwaterfoot for
the beach, so took the car.
The image below is from the ferry car park
right next to the pier, it only costs between
2 and 3 pounds per day to park here.
Ardrossan Train Station is situated less
than half of a mile south of the ferry
terminal. You can normally buy train/ferry
tickets together with a discount. Train/Ferry
The first ferry normally departs Ardrossan
at 07.00 and the next at 09.45. Afternoon
ferries leaving Brodick are normally 16.40
and 19.20. In summer, there is also a smaller
ferry that runs so there will be more
crossings available. Price checks and
timetables for the ferry can be found at the
The image below is of one of the
restaurants on board the ferry. The crossing
takes about 1 hour to Brodick, so we had
plenty of time for breakfast.
The image below is from the ferry when
approaching Brodick. There should be buses
waiting at the Brodick Ferry Terminal for the
all the larger ferry crossings if you do not
take the car. Note, there are no buses that
run to suit the first early ferry though?
The bus stops are right next to the ferry
terminal and there should be three buses
sitting waiting. One goes north to Cladach,
Brodick Castle, Corrie, Sannox, Lochranza and
round to Blackwaterfoot. Another goes
straight over to Blackwaterfoot via the
mountain road, and the other goes south to
Lamlash, Whiting Bay, Kildonan, Kilmory, Lagg
and round to Blackwaterfoot.
Bus Website .
Bus Tel: 01770 302 000
If you miss the bus, or are on the early
ferry, A.R.C. Private Hire are based in
Brodick with a price guide for up to 4 people
of about £16 between Brodick and Whiting
Bay. Tel: 0777 608 2752.
Lamlash based Taxi and mini bus hire call
George on 07967 587 481.
The image below is from the car park at
Ashdale Bridge on the south side of Whiting
Bay, about 8 miles south of Brodick. There is
a bus stop right next to the Ashdale Bridge
car park as seen below.
The start of the walk to the Glenashdale
Falls and Giants Grave starts just over the
bridge. There are walking signs pointing up a
narrow lane. The narrow lane is a few hundred
yards long and passes a few cottages. You
then reach the end of the lane where a well
marked woodland path leads to the Glenashdale
Google Map . Arran Attractions Map .
The image below is of an information board
at the start of the trail to the Glenashdale
Falls. The falls are the route straight up,
as seen on the map, and the Giants Grave is
round and back down to the left. The route
round to the right leads to an ancient fort
and back down through Whiting Bay.
The image below is where the narrow road
ends and the woodland path begins. There are
more information signs here.
The image below is from the steeper last
part of the woodland path to the Glenashdale
The image below is the viewing platform
for the Glenashdale Falls.
The image below is of the top section of
the Glenashdale Falls. Had only seen pictures
of this section before so was surprised the
falls are a lot higher, going right down into
the glen. Seems nobody can get all the falls
in the one pic, so I joined two pics together
to show them all, as seen on the link
The falls are said to be even more
impressive after heavy rain.
Large Image of
the Glenashdale Falls.
The image below is of the trail just above
the Glenashdale Falls. The road to the right
leads to an ancient fort and down into
Whiting Bay. The road to the left leads to
the Giants Grave and back down onto the
Glenashdale Falls trail close to Whiting
The image below is of the road round to
the Giants Grave. This path is fairly level
with good views to the left over Whiting Bay
and the Holy Isle.
The image below is of the Giants Grave
looking north with the Holy Isle in the
Distance. This site is said to be early
Bronze Age graves with a central chamber.
There were trees planted all around the
graves for many years. These trees have
recently been cut down, allowing fantastic
views all around. Hopefully they will not
plant trees as close in the future.
Think the reason it is named the Giants
Grave, is people believed it was the grave of
one person, rather than the grave of a number
of people, so must have been a really large
The image below is from the trail leading
back down into Whiting Bay. You can see the
Ashdale Burn, Ashdale Bridge, and car park
down to the right in this image.
This has to be the best place to view
The image below is of winding road down
from the Giants Grave to the Glenashdale
Falls Trail, a few hundred yards up from the
Ashdale Bridge car park.
The image below is of the Ashdale Bridge
south side with a boat full of flowers.
The walk to the Glenashdale Falls is
steady uphill most of the way with a fairly
steep section just before the falls. The walk
round from the falls to the Giants Grave is
fairly level with great views. Not sure what
the fort is like on the other route.
It was back in the car after this walk and
down to the Torrylin Cairn at Kilmory on the
southwest of the island, that is similar to
the Giants Grave, but only half of a mile,
fairly level, walk out to it.
For more information on Arran and Whiting
Bay, visit the Tour of Arran Page.