Enjoy superb coastal and mountain views from two contrasting forest trails

North Sannox

Pick your path at North Sannox

This intriguing coastal forest has two very different trails to explore. You can wander through woodland next to the shore on an easy level track looking out towards Bute, or climb high through the trees to see stunning views over the Sleeping Warrior and the north end of Arran.

Parking Easy-access facilities Toilets Picnic area Walking Viewpoint

Life’s essentials

You'll find places to eat in Lochranza (6 miles / 9.6 km north) and Brodick (8 miles / 12.8 km south).

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

A living coast

This is a great place to spot wildlife. Dolphins and porpoises are sometimes seen off the coast, gannets dive near the Fallen Rocks and red deer graze on the open hills.

The secrets of Sannox

Hidden in the forest are three intriguing white-painted masts. Seen from the sea, they mark a maritime course of two continuous miles and they were once used by the Admiralty and Clyde shipbuilders to test the speed of new ships. There have been measured mile posts in Sannox since 1928, but now that we have modern technologies like GPS the beacons are becoming redundant.

There's also a chambered cairn next to the public toilets and remains of a shieling (summer shelter) hidden in the trees.

Contact: Galloway Forest District

Address: Creebridge, Newton Stewart

Postcode: DG8 6AJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6800


How to get here

Travel by ferry from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire to Brodick.

From Brodick take the A841 north to Sannox. About a mile (1.6 km) beyond the village, turn right onto a minor road signposted to the Fallen Rocks. The car park is at the end of this road, at grid reference NS 015 466.

Using SatNav?

KA27 8JD is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

The nearest bus stop is at Sannox, about ¾ mile (1.2 km) from the car park. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

There are other forest trails at Brodick Country Park, South End and Dyemill.

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