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!

Poetry mountain walk

This contemplative walk will offer participants the opportunity to collaborate in creating a poem about the day with Scottish poet and mountaineer Stuart B. Campbell. Find out more about Stuart and his work here. The highest point gained on this walk is Mullach Buidhe, towering dramatically above Glen Sannox at the head of Coire Lan. Despite being Arran’s third highest peak it is lesser known and frequented than others of lesser stature.

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Highest Point Gained
829m - Mullach Buidhe

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths, steep ascents and descents, some loose gravelly rock underfoot. Some short off-path sections.

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 13 May 2022

Meeting Time

Meeting Place

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 | Walk description

A set of sandstone steps behind Corrie village hall leads to a trail meandering uphill to the picturesque clachan of High Corrie. From here the route heads towards North Goatfell via the well-built path 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 at the saddle, a quick bonus ascent of North Goatfell may be an option, otherwise the journey will continue to the summit of Mullach Buidhe and return via the ridge to Am Binnein with spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde.

Through the contrasts between old clachan, woodland, enclosed corrie and the spectacular climax at the summit, there is plenty of diverse terrain to provide inspiration. At various points along the way the group will be able to gather their thoughts and contribute words and phrases towards making a poem about the day. No previous writing experience is necessary as this walk will be led by poet and creative writing tutor Stuart B. Campbell.

Route Profile

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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!