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Gaelic in the Mountains – Meall nan Damh

Head off the beaten track in Arran's less walked western hills and find out about their Gaelic names – always descriptive, often poetic.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
570m - Meall nan Damh  

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Majority of walk on pathless, rough moorland, some of it boggy. Some steep ascents and descents.   

Technical Rating
Some hands-on clambering over rocks but no exposure, generally on good paths, occasional rough or muddy ground underfoot. This is the easiest technical grade we offer, but we recommend that you have at least some hillwalking practice before you arrive.

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.


Friday 18 May 2018

Meeting Time

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.

 | Walk description

This walk starts at Catacol, but instead of following the main path up the glen, we climb through native coastal woodland to the south to gain the promontory of Creagan nan Gobhar. From there we ascend our main peak of the day, Meall nan Damh (570m), our exertions rewarded by views unfolding of the Kintyre peninsula, the Paps of Jura and Arran’s northern hills.  Expect few other walkers to stray onto this Marilyn, which should increase our chances of encountering mountain wildlife such as birds of prey, red deer and golden plover.  Along the way, we will chat about the evocative names given to the features in the landscape by our ancestors in their native Gaelic tongue. And hopefully, learn how to pronounce them!  Descending Meall nan Damh, we then take in the bump of Meall Bhig, before heading down to the crystal-clear waters and white beaches of Coire Fhionn Lochan, from where a good hillpath takes us back to the coast at Thunderguy.

 | 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

Our booking hotline will be open in December.