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

Three Beinns Night Walk

A unique chance to ascend the classic Three Beinns horseshoe at night with "Munro Moonwalker" author Alan Rowan! Climbing up from sea level as dawn is nearing, we aim to reach the Three Beinns horseshoe ridge in time for sunrise. Spectacular views across to Goatfell in the east, and to Arran’s western hills, Kintyre, Islay and Jura to the west, are beckoning. Having climbed all the munros in the wee small hours, Alan Rowan is the perfect man to take you on this exhilarating night time adventure. He'll have many fascinating and funny stories of his nocturnal adventures to share. After this walk, you'll be able to tell your own midnight mountaineering tale! Follow Alan's exploits on Facebook. Follow him on Twitter.

Please note that a headtorch is essential for this walk!
The walk starts just after Sunday midnight returning early Monday morning.

 | Overview

Distance
15km  

Highest Point Gained
826m - Beinn Tarsuinn  

Total Ascent
1030m  

Walk Duration
9hrs  

Terrain
Rough mountain paths, soggy moorland, rock scrambling, steep sections with loose rock 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
£22  

Date
Sunday 20 May 2018

Meeting Time
Sunday midnight  


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.

 | Walk description

Starting and ending in Glen Rosa, this horseshoe takes in a semicircle of high ridges running between Beinn Nuis, Beinn Tarsuinn and Beinn a’Chliabhain.  The route takes you steeply up the side of the Garbh Allt burn, then flattens out across moorland before the path heads uphill again, threading around and over boulders and slabs to reach the summit of Beinn Nuis, the first of the Three Beinns. From there, the walk follows the ridge round to Beinn Tarsuinn, now gently undulating. Look out for the Old Man of Tarsuinn on the right, an outcrop naturally sculpted into a human profile. There is then a steep descent to Bealach an Fhir-bhogha with some scrambling and negotiation of substantial boulders before the path becomes a grassy ridge up to Beinn a’Chliabhain. From there, the route heads back down the Garbh Allt burn.

 | 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.