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!

North Goatfell & Goatfell from Glen Rosa

Goatfell is the highest and most popular summit on Arran offering as it does a magnificent 360° view. Its height of 874 metres is just short of Munro status but being climbed from sea level makes this walk a considerable outing.

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
874m - Goatfell

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths, steep ascents and descents with loose gravelly rock underfoot. Head for heights required for steep ridge sections.

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

Endurance Rating
Sustained steep ascents and descents, stamina and perseverance essential to cover long distances. Have you recently walked up (and down) a mountain of over 1000m (3000ft) in height within 8 hours without physical distress! Are you generally fitter than the majority of your peers? 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

 | Photo Gallery

 | Walk description

The walk starts gently through Brodick Country Park then takes a path linking into Glen Rosa. Heading up to The Saddle at the head of the glen there is a chance of spotting mountain wildlife.

From The Saddle a much sterner climb gains the top of North Goatfell with views of the complex ridges and crags at the centre of Arran’s northern hills. Now the route turns south towards Goatfell itself tackling the rocky and exposed Stacach ridge. Some rock clambering can be had here if the group is so inclined and the weather is friendly. If the conditions are poor the ridge will be skirted via a less intimidating but still exciting lower route.

A final stiff climb up to Goatfell reveals Brodick and Lamlash Bays laid out far below. The return to Cladach is by the main Goatfell path.

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!