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

Introduction to Map & Compass

By popular request, we are offering an introduction to mountain navigation this year. The session will kick off with a short classroom session to cover the basics of navigation, then head onto the hill to an area suitable for practising map and compass skills in a fun and hands-on way.

 | Overview

max. 10km  

Highest Point Gained
max. 874m  

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths and steep sections; rough, pathless and potentially boggy terrain.  

Technical Rating
Easy scrambling, elements of exposure, some rough terrain.

Endurance Rating
Long distance, some steep ascent and descent, moderate amount of stamina needed in bursts, suitable for reasonably fit walkers. Have had recent experience of walking for 5-7 hours? Have you recently walked up (and down) hills without physical too much distress? 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 17 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

Where this session will take you will be determined by the weather on the day, but it’s likely to be off-path for at least some of it, quite possibly in a less frequented area of Arran.

The pace will be quite slow as the focus will be on reading the landscape, comparing what you can see on the ground and on the map, practising setting and walking on compass bearings, having a go at timing and pacing as well as other mountain navigation techniques.

At the end of the day, you will hopefully feel more confident about having a go at using map and compass to navigate in the hills, an essential skill for walking in the British mountains.

 | 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.