Red squirrels and ancient stones in Arran's biggest forest

South End

Spread your wings at South End

The South End Forest covers much of the south east of Arran. It’s the largest area of native woodland on the island and supports many different trees, plants and wildlife, including a healthy population of red squirrels.

There are long and short waymarked trails to interesting forest places, including a waterfall viewing platform, a peaceful loch and a range of prehistoric sites. Many of the trails have superb sea views.


  • Loch Garbad path is now closed for road construction until the end of October. Unfortunately on this occasion we are unable to offer a diverted route option. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Walking Cycling Viewpoint Ancient monument

Life’s essentials

There are public toilets and places to eat in Whiting Bay. Kilmory village hall also has toilets.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Explore the South End and enjoy scenic views, mixed woodland and the tallest double waterfall in Arran. This is great habitat for native red squirrels and one of the best places on the island to catch sight of them. The forest is full of ancient sites, including unusual horned chambered cairns, standing stones and an iron age hill fort.

There are several ways to get into the forest. The most popular is the Glenashdale forest entrance in Whiting Bay; this route leads to the spectacular Glenashdale Falls and the neolithic Giants' Graves.

You can also take trails from near Kildonan to Loch Garbad, and from near Kilmory to the Aucheleffan standing stones and Carn Ban chambered cairn.

The Dyemill to Kilmory cycle route runs through the whole of the South End as well as neighbouring Dyemill forest. It starts near Lamlash and follows peaceful forest roads with some great viewpoints on the way.

Not all routes in the forest are waymarked, so bring a map and compass if you want to explore further.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

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 and then follow the A841 south for 8 miles (12.8 km) to Whiting Bay. Leave your car in one of the council car parks at Ashdale Bridge, at the southern end of the village.

Cross the road to the Forestry Commission sign at the start of a narrow lane. The Glenashdale forest entrance is ¼ mile (0.5 km) along the lane at grid reference NS 042 252.

Alternatively, continue west on the A841 towards Kilmory for another 7½ miles (12 km). One mile (1.6 km) east of the village you'll see a blue sign for the Dyemill Cycle Route. Turn right here and continue on a dirt track for one mile (1.6 km). There's informal parking at the Aucheleffan forest entrance, grid reference NR 974 220.

Using SatNav?

KA27 8QX is the nearest postcode to the Glenashdale forest entrance.
KA27 8PH is the nearest postcode for the Aucheleffan forest entrance.

Public transport

There are bus stops in Whiting Bay and Kilmory. You'll find timetable details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

There are other forest trails at Brodick Castle, King's Cave, North Sannox, Glenrickard and Dyemill.

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