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

Meall nan Damh

Head off the beaten track in Arran's less walked western hills.

 | 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.


Monday 18 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

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.

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

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.