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

North Goatfell & Goatfell

Tick off Arran’s highest peak. As you’re starting pretty much from sea-level, the ascent is longer than for many mainland munros, so a sense of achievement, and tired legs, are guaranteed!

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained
874m - Goatfell  

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths, steep ascents, steep descent with loose gravel underfoot  

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

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 15 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

Tackling Goatfell from Corrie rather than the main path from Brodick means the steep sections are interspersed with flatter terrain to allow you to catch your breath.  However before the main summit, we’ll be heading first to North Goatfell via the good path from Corrie into Coire Lan. A steep climb up the head of the corrie leads to the col between Mullach Buidhe and North Goatfell and the first close up views of Arran’s northern crags.  Once on North Goatfell, a decision is to be made: to take either the less exposed route skirting the jumble of granite tors that is Stacach ridge, or to tackle the ridge direct. It will depend on the conditions on the day but both are exciting! From here a short steep climb gains Goatfell itself. Enjoy the elevating feeling of standing on the highest point of the island and the stunning 360° views of Arran and beyond.

 | 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.