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Sheeans & Windmill Hill

While the highest point of the day is only 514m, there are no paths on the moorland plenty of bogs, peat hags and deep heather will be encountered. However, the views over Brodick and Lamlash Bays and the northern mountains are quite spectacular and make it all worthwhile.

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Highest Point Gained
514m - A’ Chruach

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Largely pathless across rough heathery and boggy moorland. Stamina required.

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 17 May 2021

Meeting Time

Booking Link

Meeting Place

Brodick (exact location will be confirmed upon booking)

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 | Walk description

The walk starts at the wee Co-op car park in Brodick and takes the Mayish path up through lovely birch woods to Cnoc na Dail carpark. A quad track is followed through the forest before arriving on the open moorland and ascending Sheeans, the Fairy Hill. From there, stunning views of the main Arran mountain massif can be enjoyed.

The route then works its way along the high ground across the highest point on A’ Chruach to Windmill Hill, before descending the ridge towards Stronach Wood and its mysterious cup-marked stone with the final mile along the public road.

Whilst the rough pathless terrain can be tough going, not many walkers venture onto these lonely tops, increasing the feeling of wildness as well as chances of seeing wildlife such as red deer and birds of prey.

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

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