The 2021 Arran Mountain Festival programme will be uploaded soon, with booking lines due to open in early 2021.

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 Devil's Punchbowl”. From its lofty top the views out over the Clyde and across the vast Glen Sannox are breathtaking.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
874m - Goatfell  

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Some rough mountain paths, moorland, some scrambling  

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 16 May 2020

Meeting Time

Meeting Place
Apart from the Goatfell night walk, all walks/runs 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 Glen Sannox, the walk heads past the navigation beacons before heading cross country on 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 it isn’t really for the faint-hearted or those with a fear of heights. 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 next part of the ridge is narrow, airy and exposed, before broadening out on to Mullach Buidhe. It then carries 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, Arran’s highest peak, is reached. The descent to Cladach follows a well-made footpath.

 | 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
  • For the Goat Fell night walk: Head torch and spare batteries

Other recommended kit

  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Spare socks
  • Blister plasters

The 2021 Arran Mountain Festival programme will be uploaded soon, with booking lines due to open in early 2021.