Machrie Moor Stone Circles Walk
Where: Machrie Moor Stone Circles Walk on
the Isle of Arran
When: July 2013
Who: J Parker
Why: A day out to Arran
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
I was giving relations a tour round the
south side of the Island to the Glenashdale
Falls at Whiting Bay, the Torrylin Cairn at
Kilmory on the southwest side of the Island,
then dropping them off at Blackwaterfoot for
the beach, so took the car. I then went on to
visit the Machrie Moor Standing Stones and
the Kings Cave myself, as they are only a
couple of miles north of Blackwaterfoot.
Doing the four attractions in one day is a
fair amount of walking.
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. That is the bus you
would need to get to take you to the Machrie
Moor or Kings Cave car parks.
Another bus goes straight over to
Blackwaterfoot via the mountain road, and the
other goes south to Lamlash, Whiting Bay,
Kildonan, Kilmory, Lagg and round to
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. Tel: 0777 608 2752.
Lamlash based Taxi and mini bus hire call
George on 07967 587 481.
The image below is of the car park at the
Machrie Moor Standing Stones. That is the
hiking gate and path that leads all the way
to the three main sets of standing
It is 27 miles round the north side of the
island on the bus to this car park. The route
is nice and scenic. The map link below will
show the rout straight over the hill road,
drag the blue line from the middle, up to the
north road at Lochranza for the north map
The car park here is just under 1 mile
south of Machrie, 3 miles north of
Blackwaterfoot. Machrie Bay is mainly a few
houses with a golf and tennis facility that
has a popular tea room.
The car park for the Kings Cave walk is
situated 1 mile south of this car park. Many
people take in the two walks on the same
Map . Arran Attractions
The image below is from about half of a
mile out from the car park. This is the Moss
Farm Road Cairn, said to be the burial place
of a powerfull individual that died around
4,000 years back.
The path here leads on for almost another
mile to the the largest standing stones at
The image below is from reaching the first
main stone circle at Machrie Moor, about one
and a half miles out from the car park on a
good trail that leads right to them.
You can just see the largest stones past
The image below is of the entrance to the
largest stones on Machrie Moor. There are two
information boards here that state the
history of the area.
It is believed the stone circles here were
built around 4,500 years back, around the
same time as Stone Henge. They are thought to
have been used for worship, and later
Large Image .
The image below is of the three largest
stones at Machrie Moor. This is one of the
most popular photos on the Isle of Arran,
with these three large stones and the Arran
mountains in the distance to the north.
The walk to the Machrie Moor Standing
Stones from the new car park at the start of
the trail is fairly level on a good dry path.
The views of the stones to the Arran
mountains is well worth the walk.
It was back to the car after this walk for
a short drive south, about 1 mile to the car
park for the Kings Cave walk. After that
walk, it was back to Blackwaterfoot beach to
pick up the relations, then back across the
hill road to Brodick for the last ferry back
to the mainland.
For more information on Arran, Machrie and
Blackwaterfoot, visit the Tour of Arran