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Castles, Cir Mhor, North Goatfell and Am Binnein

This route cherry-picks some of the finest mountain ridges that could be packed into a day’s walking anywhere. Taking in Arran’s second and fourth highest peaks, it also almost equals ascending Goatfell twice, and very good hill fitness is essential to cope with several long steep ascents and descents.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
859m - The Castles  

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths with some very steep sections  

Technical Rating
Exposed scrambling, head for heights required, 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 18 May 2019

Meeting Time

Booking Link

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.

 | Walk description

From the tumbling North Sannox burn the way steeply ascends Sail an Im before continuing to the rocky defences of Caisteal Abhail (the Castles). Following the rim of Coire na h-Uaimh gives wonderful views down the classic U-shaped valley of Glen Sannox. You will then clamber up to the lofty summit of Cir Mhor before descending steeply to the Saddle between Glens Sannox and Rosa. Another steep and at times scrambly ascent finishes on North Goatfell. A short descent and ascent brings you onto the flank of Mullach Buidhe, and then onto Am Binnein. The ridge descends gently but with a dramatically deep corrie on the left and an equally precipitous vista on the right. Finally you will drop down into a band of forestry to finish in Corrie.

 | 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

Friends of 2019 AMF can Book Online Now
Booking is now open for Friends of 2019 AMF only and from 21st December for all others.