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!

Cir Mhor & Beinn a’Chliabhain

Cir Mhor is an iconic Arran peak dominating the view up Glen Rosa. It is sometimes known as Arran’s Matterhorn, with good reason. It is the lowest of Arran’s four Corbetts, but its very steep ascent still packs a punch!

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
799m - Cir Mhor

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths, steep ascents and descents with loose gravelly rock underfoot. Hands-on rock clambering up the Whin Dyke chimney. Head for heights required for Cir Mhor’s lofty summit.

Technical Rating
Easy scrambling, elements of exposure, some 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.


Sunday 15 May 2022

Meeting Time

Meeting Place

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 | Walk description

This walk begins relatively gently with the path through Glen Sannox climbing slowly and steadily initially. It then ascends steeply up towards the Whin Dyke where some hands-on scrambling is required before reaching the Saddle with dramatic views towards Goatfell and into Glen Rosa.

From The Saddle another steep climb gains the top of Cir Mhor with fabulous views down Glens Rosa and Sannox. From the summit, the route descends and skirts round the back of the (in)famous A’Chir ridge to reach the Bowman’s Pass – Bealach an Fhir-bhogha. Next on the menu are the delightful slabs of the ridge of Beinn a’Chliabhain where more spectacular views of the Clyde and Glen Rosa await.

It is all downhill from here, with a rocky descent onto Cnoc Breac followed by the crossing of boggy moorland, and finally taking the steep path down along the Garbh Allt into Glen Rosa.

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!