• Booking now open for Friends of the Mountain Festival. Non-friends can book from 20th December    01770 303347 for queries.

Beinn Bharrain and Sail Chalmadale

A first for the Arran Mountain Festival, a partnership between Beinn Bharrain and Sail Chalmadale, a little visited hill sitting above Glen Scaftigill and Glen Iorsa.

 | Overview

Distance
12km  

Highest Point Gained
711m - Beinn Bharrain  

Total Ascent
905m  

Walk Duration
8hrs  

Terrain
Generally rough walking off mountain paths, with steep sections.  

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

Endurance Rating
3  
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.

Cost
£16  

Date
Sunday 20 May 2018

Meeting Time
0845  


Meeting Place
Apart from the Goatfell night walk, all walks 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.

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 | Walk description

Starting in Pirnmill, this route heads up the Allt Gobhlach then follows the steep ridge to the west of Coire Roinn, and then onto Beinn Bharrain. The route will descend at the coll between Beinn Bharrain and Mullach Buidhe, although we could choose to pop onto the summit of Mullach Buidhe being the highest of the western hills at 721m. Take in the views east to the rest of the Arran mountains and west to Kintyre and Jura! The descent down to the Dubh Loch and Loch Tanna is rough walking with no paths. From there the route swings to the south ascending to Cnoc Breac and then Sail Chalmadale. The final stage of the walk takes in Loch Sail Chalmadale and finally to a path as we follow Iorsa Water to the sea.

 | Advised Kit List

Suggested Hill Clothing
  • 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
Suggested minimum daysac contents
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) trousers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) jacket
  • Spare fleece (in addition to one being worn)
  • Spare socks
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Packed lunch and drink
  • Any personal medicines
  • Sun cream and insect repellent


  • Booking now open for Friends of the Mountain Festival. Non-friends can book from 20th December    01770 303347 for queries.