The 2021 Arran Mountain Festival programme will be uploaded soon, with booking lines due to open in early 2021.

Ard Bheinn geology walk

This walk is run in conjunction with Arran Geopark Project. We tackle the highest summit south of the String in territory that deserves to be more visited given its wonderful panoramic views of the northern hills and across Kilbrannan Sound. We will learn more about its fascinating geology with a geologist on hand to help us visualise this volcano formed some 60 million years ago, and to unravel the complexities following its collapse.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
514m - A’Chruach   

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Pathless terrain; mostly gentle but at times rough heathery slopes. Some steep ascents and some thick woodland. Some areas may be boggy underfoot.  

Technical Rating
Easy scrambling, elements of exposure, some rough terrain.

Endurance Rating
Long distance, some steep ascent and descent, moderate amount of stamina needed in bursts, suitable for reasonably fit walkers. Have had recent experience of walking for 5-7 hours? Have you recently walked up (and down) hills without physical too much distress? If your answer is "No", we'd guess you'd be happier doing a walk rated a level lower than the one you’ve just read! As noted previously, we're into FUN so we don't want you to miss out by overdoing it.


Sunday 17 May 2020

Meeting Time

Meeting Place
Apart from the Goatfell night walk, all walks/runs start and finish at Arran Adventure, located next to the Playbarn in the grounds of the Auchrannie Spa Resort in Brodick. Transport is provided from there. Click here for a map.

 | Walk description

This walk starts at the top of the String, heading up onto Cnoc Dubh and A’Chruach, which is the first in the ring of hills that make up the caldera, ending at Ard Bheinn, learning about its ancient volcanic history along the way. If the weather is good the view from here will be breathtaking and there is a high chance of seeing interesting wildlife. Our geology expert will trace evidence in the rock wherever it takes us. Having explored the high ground it is time to descend but not before we have sought out the hidden cave on the subsidiary summit of Binnein na h-Uaimh. From here it is a steep drop down through deep heather to Glenloig on the String road.

 | Advised Kit List

Essential hill gear

  • NO jeans – anyone wearing jeans will not be allowed to start the walk, and no refund will be possible
  • Stout hill walking boots
  • Appropriate walking trousers, top layers and fleece – preferably no cotton layers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) trousers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) jacket
  • Spare layers
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Packed lunch and drink - please consider the use of re-useable water bottles and food wrapping.
  • Any personal medicines
  • For the Goat Fell night walk: Head torch and spare batteries

Other recommended kit

  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Spare socks
  • Blister plasters

The 2021 Arran Mountain Festival programme will be uploaded soon, with booking lines due to open in early 2021.