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

Arran Corbetts day 1 – Beinn Tarsuinn & Caisteal Abhail

Corbetts are Scottish mountains between 2500 and 3000 feet high, with at least 500 feet of descent on all sides. Goat Fell, Arran’s highest, is just short of a Munro (Scotland’s mountains above 3000ft), but makes the Corbett grade at 2866 feet, together with Caisteal Abhail (The Castles), Beinn Tarsuinn and Cir Mhor. Tick all four of them over two days at this year’s Arran Mountain Festival! Arran Corbetts day 1 is a major mountain day which takes in the shapely peak of Beinn Nuis and two of Arran’s Corbetts.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths and steep sections; some hands-on clambering over rocks  

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

Endurance Rating
Sustained steep ascents and descents, stamina and perseverance essential to cover long distances. Have you recently walked up (and down) a mountain of over 1000m (3000ft) in height within 8 hours without physical distress! Are you generally fitter than the majority of your peers? 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.


Saturday 16 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

Starting at Glen Rosa campsite, this route starts with a gentle meander up Glen Rosa, before climbing steeply up the western side of the valley along the Garbh Allt stream. The path levels out across peaty moorland before ascending steeply to the first summit of the day, Beinn Nuis.
The reward for the long climb is an easy undulating walk along the broad ridge to Beinn Tarsuinn, the first of the two Corbetts. Fine views of the Arran mountains and beyond and the unique feature of the “Old Man of Tarsuinn” will keep you entertained along the way.

Dropping down from Beinn Tarsuinn, you will skirt the notorious A’Chir ridge, the bypass path on its western flank giving a good perspective of its dizzying sheer drops. Look out for raven, red deer and other mountain wildlife along the way.

Cir Mhor is also bypassed (and saved for the second Arran Corbetts day), before ascending the sweeping arch of Hunter’s ridge to Caisteal Abhail, its plateau-like summit dotted with impressive granite tors. It is the second Corbett of the day and Arran’s second-highest after Goat Fell.
The descent via Sail an Im is straightforward along another sweeping ridge with breath-taking views north up Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute. The walk ends at North Glen Sannox carpark.

 | 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.