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!

Meall nan Damh & the Three Lochans

Head off the beaten track in Arran's less walked western hills, passing three remote lochans.

 | 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
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 15 May 2022

Meeting Time

Meeting Place

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 | Walk description

This walk starts at Catacol, but instead of following the main path up the glen, climbs through native coastal woodland to the south to take in Lochan a’ Mhill before heading up to the promontory of Creagan nan Gobhar. From there the main peak of the day, Meall nan Damh (570m), is ascended, the exertion rewarded by spectacular views unfolding of the Kintyre peninsula, the Paps of Jura and Arran’s northern hills. Few other walkers stray onto this Marilyn, increasing chances of encountering mountain wildlife such as birds of prey, red deer and golden plover.

Southwest of Meall nan Damh lies the second lonely lochan, Lodan Ruadh, from which the bump of Meall Bhig is ascended. Below, the crystal-clear waters and white beaches of Coire Fhionn Lochan beckon, enclosed to the south by the 300m high crags of Coirein Lochan. Weather permitting, this may be a welcome place to stop for a refreshing footbath, before following the path down to the finish at Thundergay.

Please note that this walk is almost entirely on pathless terrain, so while distance and height gain are moderate, in some places it will be boggy and very rough underfoot.

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!