The 2022 Festival is now over. Many thanks to everyone who took part and enabled it to happen. Hope to see you all next year!

Arran’s Western Ridge

This linear walk will traverse Arran’s stunning western ridge, more rounded and less visited than the eastern hills, but no less scenic.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
721m - Mullach Buidhe

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Some steep ascents and rough pathless terrain on descent.

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

Endurance Rating
Sustained steep ascents and descents, long-distance, stamina required, suitable for fit walkers. Have you had recent experience of walking for 6-8 hours? Have you recently walked up (and down) a mountain of over 1000m (3000ft) in height without physical distress? Do you regularly play an aerobic sport pretty much every week? 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 14 May 2022

Meeting Time

Meeting Place

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 | Walk description

Starting at Pirnmill, the route begins through some beautiful native woodland of oak, hazel and birch, then follows the gorge of the Allt Gobhlach, passing an impressive waterfall. Gently ascending across heather at first, a steeper climb follows to reach the rocky tor of Beinn Bharrain, then on to Mullach Buidhe, the highest point on the ridge.

From there the walking is a delight; a whaleback ridge reminiscent of a Grampian mountain stretches out before the walker and the terrain, vegetation and location give the impression of a greater altitude. The going is comparatively easy along the ridge to Beinn Bhreac, so views of the Arran mountains to the East, the glacial valleys and Loch Tanna and Dubh Loch, and west to Kintyre and Jura can be taken in at leisure.

Next the walk descends from the ridge down to Coire Fhionn Lochain, a lovely little lochan nestling in a spectacular bowl, a classic glacial feature. From here the route follows the path down to the finish at Thundergay.

Route Profile

 | 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

Other recommended kit

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

The 2022 Festival is now over. Many thanks to everyone who took part and enabled it to happen. Hope to see you all next year!