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Beinn Bharrain and Coirein Lochan

This is the highest summit of the Pirnmill hills on the western side of Arran, a horseshoe shaped range that is far less visited than its eastern counterparts - a Scottish hillwalking delight.

 | Overview

Distance
12km  

Highest Point Gained
721m - Mullach Buidhe  

Total Ascent
950m  

Walk Duration
8hrs  

Terrain
some rough mountain paths and 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
Friday 18 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.

 | Photo Gallery

 | 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 path then curves round to Mullach Buidhe, the highest point at 721m, where the whaleback ridge reminiscent of a Grampian mountain stretches out before you. The terrain, vegetation and location give the impression of greater altitude. The route along to Beinn Bhreac is relatively easy and the views east to the rest of the Arran mountains and west to Kintyre and Jura are wonderful. You might see an eagle hunting over Loch Tanna, red-throated diver on the Duch Loch, or even a ptarmigan which have frequented these hills over the years. The route then heads down the east side of Coirein Lochan to Coire Fhionn Lochain, a lovely little lochan nestling in a spectacular bowl, a classic glacial feature. If the weather permits, we could get our feet wet!  The final hour is on a rough path down to Thunderguy.


 | 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.