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Cir Mhor & Beinn a’Cliabhain

Cir Mhor is the iconic peak of Arran as it dominates 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 don’t let that fool you!

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Highest Point Gained
799m - Cir Mhor

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths, steep ascents and descents with loose gravelly rock underfoot. 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.


Saturday 15 May 2021

Meeting Time

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Meeting Place

Glen Rosa (exact location will be confirmed upon booking)

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 | Walk description

The walk starts gently with a height gain of 150m over 5km up Glen Rosa, possibly imbuing a false sense of security in respect of the next couple of kilometres climbing 630m! Heading up to The Saddle at the head of the glen there is often a chance of spotting mountain wildlife such as red deer.

From The Saddle a much sterner climb gains the top of Cir Mhor and fabulous views down both Glens Rosa & 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 from where most of the route so far can be surveyed. It is all downhill from here, across a bit of moorland and down the Garbh Allt burn back to 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

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