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Cioch na h-Oighe and Goatfell

Cioch na h-Oighe rises up impressively on the south side of Glen Sannox, as if to guard the entrance to the further glen and the inner peaks of Arran. It stands at the front edge of a ridge that runs around the back of the glacial hollow of Coire na Ciche, “The Devils Punchbowl”. From its lofty top the views out over the Clyde and across the vast Glen Sannox are breathtaking.

 | Overview

Distance
11.5km  

Highest Point Gained
874m - Goatfel  

Total Ascent
990m  

Walk Duration
10hrs  

Terrain
Some rough mountain paths, moorland, some scrambling  

Technical Rating
Challenging  
Exposed scrambling, head for heights required, 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
Monday 21 May 2018

Meeting Time
0815  


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 Glen Sannox, the walk heads past the navigations before heading ‘across country’ on rough tussocky terrain.  A rough path takes you on the rising traverse onto the lower part of the Cioch na h-Oighe ridge.  The ascent proper begins with an awkward initial scramble up some slabs – this section is airy and exposed so, although it isn’t really for the faint-hearted or those with a fear of heights, our expert fabulous walk leaders will be on hand to help!  Once above the slabs, the path winds to the summit of Cioch na h-Oighe with great views of the Punchbowl (Coire na Ciche), and out to sea.  The start of the next part of the ridge is narrow, airy and exposed, before broadening out onto Mullach Buidhe and on to North Goatfell with a good path over high ground. The route continues up the Stacach ridge, running over and around a series of tors and buttresses that make up this section and eventually the very top of Goatfell is reached, Arran’s highest peak. From the top down into Cladach is on a well made footpath.


 | 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.