• Booking now open for Friends of the Mountain Festival. Non-friends can book from 20th December    01770 303347 for queries.

North Goatfell & Goatfell

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

 | Overview

Distance
10km  

Highest Point Gained
874m - Goatfell  

Total Ascent
925m  

Walk Duration
8hrs  

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

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

Endurance Rating
3  
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.

Cost
£16  

Date
Sunday 20 May 2018

Meeting Time
0815  


Meeting Place
Apart from the Goatfell night walk, all walks 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.

 | Photo Gallery

 | 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

Suggested Hill Clothing
  • 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
Suggested minimum daysac contents
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) trousers
  • Waterproof (not showerproof) jacket
  • Spare fleece (in addition to one being worn)
  • Spare socks
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Packed lunch and drink
  • Any personal medicines
  • Sun cream and insect repellent


  • Booking now open for Friends of the Mountain Festival. Non-friends can book from 20th December    01770 303347 for queries.