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Social Events

See below for the evening entertainment on offer at the 2017 festival.

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

Saturday, 8th April – end of May 2017

Exhibition of Arran Mountain Paintings & Textiles
As part of the 2017 Arran Mountain Festival, we have asked local artists to showcase their Arran mountains related work in a special exhibition at Arran Active.

Participating artists are:
Heather Macleod Arran Studio Shop
John Knox Castlekirk Arthouse
Jim Mackintosh Isle of Arran Art – Scotland
Ronnie McNeice www.arranopenstudios.com/artists/ronnie-mcneice/
Tessa Smith

Artwork will be available for sale

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th May 2107, 17:30 – 19:00

Arran Active late opening during the Arran Mountain Festival
Our favourite outdoor shop, Arran Active, 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 www.arranactiveoutdoorshop.com for a flavour of what’s on offer in their well-stocked shop!

We’ll also be showing an inspirational short film by Paralympian cyclist Karen Darke – see www.karendarke.com for more info on Karen.
And of course, the Arran mountains art exhibition will still be on for you to enjoy upstairs in the shop.

Friday, 19th May 2017 from 5.30pm onwards

Social Gathering at the Ormidale Hotel

Have you just completed the first day of the Arran Mountain Festival and have some great stories to tell? Have you just arrived on the island and are curious to know who else may be on your walks over the weekend? Maybe you’ve booked onto walks later in the Festival and would like to chat to those that have just been out on the hills. Or maybe you’d just like a social evening with other Festival-goers in pleasant surroundings, with superb food and drink.

Come along to the Ormidale Hotel in Brodick, buy a well-earned pint, eat some great food, meet other walkers, leaders, and supporters of the Arran Mountain Festival.

No booking required, just turn up after your walk has finished, or any time during the evening. See you there!

Friday, 19th May 2017, 7.30pm

A short history of Mountains and Light: an illustrated talk with Professor Jonathan Pitches and Alan Rowan at the Ormidale Hotel.
Since the use of beacons on hilltops to fast track the news of the Trojan war, the manipulation of light has been an essential element of mountain environments. But how has this relationship been exploited in recent years? What explains the fascination with night walking where beacons become night torches? And how has the technology of theatre crept into mountainsides to enhance their topography and to engage new audiences?

Jonathan Pitches is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds and leading a research project called Performing Landscapes: Mountains.

Alan Rowan is an author and mountaineer. His debut book, Moonwalker: Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer was published by BackPage Press in 2014 and the follow-up, A Mountain Before Breakfast in 2016.

Admission free

Saturday, 20th May 2017, 7:30 – 11:00 pm

Arran Mountain Festival Ceilidh at Brodick Village Hall
acb logo Back this year 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 Arranach Ceilidh Band.


Hungry? Great news: Hooked & Cooked of Arran will be on hand with their van from 8pm, selling delicious fish & chips, sausages as well as a veggie option – yum!

Tickets: adults £5, u16s £3. Available at Arran Active and on the door.

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




Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Festival Hub at Arran Adventure Post-walks coffee, tea, cake and a natter
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.

Wednesday, 9th Aug 2017, 7:30pm at Corrie & Sannox village hall

Heavy Whalley – A life in mountaineering and mountain rescue
This promises to be a fascinating night with “Heavy” Whalley, who will look back on his long career in mountain rescue, and will have many a fascinating mountain tale to tell.
More info about our speaker on his website www.heavywhalley.com.
We hope that you’ll not have had yer tea – the Arran Mountain Rescue Team will be flipping their legendary burgers for you!
More details TBC.

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