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Arran Corbetts day 2 – Goatfell & Cir Mhor

Tick off Arran’s remaining two Corbetts on this walk, including Goatfell, the island’s highest peak. As you’re starting pretty much from sea-level, the ascent is longer than for many mainland Munros. Sense of achievement and tired legs guaranteed!

 | Overview


Highest Point Gained

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths, steep ascents, steep gravelly descent  

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.


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.

 | Walk description

Tackling Goatfell from Corrie rather than the main “tourist” path from Brodick means steep sections interspersed with flatter terrain to catch your breath. The main path is joined on the Meall Breac ridge for the final ascent. Enjoy the elevating feeling of standing on the highest point of the island as well as stunning 360° views of Arran and beyond.

By-passing the jumble of its granite tors, a traverse of the Stacach ridge will take us to the summit of North Goatfell, which boasts steep drops into the corries below.

A steep descent to The Saddle follows. The sheer sides of the ridge fall away into Glen Rosa in the south and Glen Sannox in the north. Both are spectacular examples of glaciated glens, whose perfect u-shapes can be admired from The Saddle. The Saddle separates the two glens, and also forms the col between North Goatfell and Cir Mhor.

Rather than taking the easy way home down into Glen Rosa, our second Corbett of the day beckons! The ascent to Cir Mhor is steep, but recent path improvements make the slog a little easier. A head for heights is required to scale the lofty summit of Cir Mhor, but the views are well worth it. To the north, you can admire the jagged turrets of Caisteal Abhail, the second peak conquered during the first Corbetts walk.

And then it’s all downhill from there! We’ll make our way into Glen Rosa via Fhionn Choire, marvelling at the vertical drops of the forbidding A’Chir ridge towering above. A long day on the hill ends with a leg-stretching walk out of scenic Glen Rosa, accompanied by the murmur of the burn of the same name.

 | 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.