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!

Cioch na h-Oighe and Goatfell

This linear walk takes in the dramatic peaks of Cioch na h-Oighe, Mullach Buidhe and Goatfell.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
874m - Goatfell

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Head for heights essential - sections of hands-on scrambling on very steep ground and clambering along a very narrow ridge. Rough mountain paths, boggy moorland, steep sections with loose rock and gravel underfoot.

Technical Rating
Exposed scrambling, head for heights required, 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 the mouth of Glen Sannox, a gentle climb to the foot of Cioch na h-Oighe over footpath and moor provides a good warm-up for the day. It soon gets serious: From there, the clamber to the top is very steep and relentless. 200 meters are ascended in little over half a kilometre with some exposed scrambling on the way. The ridge that follows is narrow and has near vertical drops down to the evocatively named Devil’s Punchbowl corrie.

The route then climbs to the next peak of Mullach Buidhe and past North Goatfell with a good path over high ground to Stacach ridge and the summit of Goatfell. Great views into Glen Sannox and across the Firth of Clyde can be enjoyed along the way. From Goatfell the route follows the main path down to the finish at Cladach.

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!