Social Events

See below for the evening entertainment on offer at the 2018 festival.

Socialise with other festival goers, walk leaders and organisers and come to our Social Events.

Thursday 26 April – Thursday 31 May 2018

World Mountains paintings exhibition at Arran Active
Arran-based Gordon Davidson graduated from the Glasgow School of Art. He has developed a unique style of painting, managing to recreate the moody, atmospheric feeling of the Scottish mountains by his use of various shades of blues. This style is known as his “blue mountain” paintings.
Over the past ten years, his work has become well known around the world. He has won awards and regularly has offers and commissions from all over the world. He has painted in the Andes, the Atlas and the Himalayas. He’s painted the Gobi desert and the Sahara, the Chitwan jungle and the Amazon.
Gordon has selected a variety of paintings for the Mountain Festival exhibition. Blue Mountains from around the world, as well as some of his wilder alla prima paintings he did on the spot at various locations. He has included large acrylic canvas paintings as well as some small studies in watercolour. And all the various sizes in between!
To see examples of Gordon’s work and to find out more about him, including his charity work for underprivileged Nepali children, visit
Meet the artist at the World Mountains paintings exhibition opening night on Thursday 26 April, 19.00. Light refreshments provided; admission free.

Friday, 18th May – Monday 21st May 2018

Post-walks coffee, tea, cake and a natter at the Festival Hub
What better reward after a day in the mountains than a well-deserved cuppa and some delicious homebaking?
Stay on at the festival hub for a wee while and reminisce about your day in the hills with fellow walkers, walk leaders and festival organisers.

Friday 18th May 2108, 17:30 – 20:00

Arran Active late opening
Our favourite outdoor shop, Arran Active in Brodick, are keeping their doors open late for you to purchase any essentials you might still be missing for your Mountain Festival walks. Or anything else you fancy – check out for a flavour of what’s on offer in their well-stocked shop!

The “World Mountains” art exhibition with paintings by Gordon Davidson can be viewed upstairs.
And if that’s not good enough, the Isle of Arran Gin Company will be there to give you a wee taster of their delicious tipple!

Friday, 18th May 2018 18.30-20.00

Mountains, Moonlight & Meditations’: Illustrated talk and poetry at the Ormidale Hotel

Join us for this informal social event in the convivial surroundings of the Ormidale Hotel conservatory.

Munro Moonwalker Alan Rowan is teaming up with Stuart B Campbell, climber, mountaineer and published poet, to give us a presentation combining photos, readings and ‘bothy tales’.

Stuart has written poems to accompany climbing films, publications, exhibitions and festivals and also has new material in progress. Find out more on

Alan is working on his third book, and we may get some pre-publication insights. His previous books, Moonwalker and A Mountain Before Breakfast, entertainingly take us through Scotland’s Munros and Corbetts. Visit for more information.

Of course our host, Trevor at the Ormidale, will be happy to supply food and drink from the bar!

Admission free; purchase food and drink at the bar.

Saturday, 19th May 2018, 19:30 – 23:00

Arran Mountain Festival Ceilidh at Brodick Village Hall

Back once again by popular demand – the Arran Mountain Festival ceilidh!
Extend the good times had on the hill into the evening, and dance the night away with old and new-found friends to the tunes of the popular Arranach Ceilidh Band.
Hungry? Hooked & Cooked of Arran will be outside the village hall with their chippy van, selling fish & chips and burgers (veggie option available).

Adult £7, u16 £4, family £20 Tickets available at Arran Active and on the door.

Many thanks to the people/companies giving raffle prizes for the evening:

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