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

Gaelic in the Mountains – Beinn Bharrain and Coirein Lochan

This walk takes in Mullach Buidhe, the highest summit of the Pirnmill hills on the western side of Arran, a horseshoe shaped range that is far less visited than its eastern counterparts - a Scottish hillwalking delight.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
721m - Mullach Buidhe  

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

some rough mountain paths and steep sections  

Technical Rating
Easy scrambling, elements of exposure, some 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 Pirnmill, this route heads up the Allt Gobhlach then follows the steep ridge to the west of Coire Roinn, and then onto Beinn Bharrain.  The path then curves round to Mullach Buidhe, the highest point at 721m, where a whaleback ridge reminiscent of a Grampian mountain stretches out before you. The terrain, vegetation and location give the impression of greater altitude. The route along to Beinn Bhreac is relatively easy and the views east to the rest of the Arran mountains and west to Kintyre and Jura are wonderful. You might see an eagle hunting over Loch Tanna, red-throated diver on the Dubh Loch, or even a ptarmigan which have frequented these hills over the years. The route then heads down the east side of Coirein Lochan to Coire Fhionn Lochain, a lovely little lochan nestling in a spectacular bowl, a classic glacial feature. If the weather permits, we could get our feet wet!  The final hour is on a rough path down to Thundergay.

 | 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.