Boardwalk wrecked at popular path

A large section of boardwalk which has been lifted and deposited further down the beach.

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton

The already beleaguered Fisherman’s Walk in Brodick has taken another battering with the arrival of Storm Erik which brought high tides and gusting winds to the island, causing severe damage to the raised wooden walkway and making the popular pathway near inaccessible.

Striking Arran with 68.9mph winds – measured in a sheltered weather station at Sannox – the storm brought exceptionally high tides which saw popular walk and a large area of Brodick Golf Club completely submerged in sea water.


The most destructive damage however was to the raised wooden boardwalk which was broken into four parts, dislodging the foundations and moving a six metre section a fair distance from its original location.

Dog walkers and curious onlookers on Saturday morning were greeted with the sight of a jagged walkway with sections missing and the route completely impassable. Walkers made their way instead along the rocky shore and caught up with the path, which was not completely eroded or covered over by sand, near to the bottom end of the Brodick Golf Course near the Glen Rosa water.

In what must be a blow to the staff of the Arran Access Trust and Arran Geopark – who only months ago made substantial repairs to the boardwalk following more winter damage – the boardwalk will either require being completely rebuilt or the even larger undertaking of disassembling the remaining sections and transporting them back in situ to be reincorporated into the existing damaged structure. The boggy terrain providing additional difficulties as heavy machinery can not be used in the area.

Compounding the problem will be the heavy financial burden to repair or rebuild the popular boardwalk as North Ayrshire Council disassociates itself from the running and upkeep costs of the popular tourist attraction owing to the land being in private ownership.


A spokesman from the Brodick Improvements Committee who have funded and orchestrated numerous repairs and upgrades to public amenities in the village, including the nearby Brodick beach said: ‘We have looked at temporary solutions but given the level of damage and the fact we will potentially have more storms coming before the season gets going we can currently only look at containment. We will be meeting with others soon.’

Brodick Golf Club, which runs alongside Fisherman’s Walk, remains partially flooded the day after the storm water subsided. 01_B07fisher01

A large section of boardwalk which has been lifted and deposited further down the beach. 01_B07fisher02

Still standing but without a solid footing the boardwalk is unsafe for pedestrians to use. 01_B07fisher04

The start of the Fisherman’s Walk ends abruptly in the middle of the bog. 01_B07fisher05

Pathway to nowhere – three sections of the walkway lie scattered on Fisherman’s Walk. 01_B07fisher07