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Volcanic Ard Bheinn

This walk is run in conjunction with Arran Geopark Project. We tackle the highest summit south of the String in territory that deserves to be more visited given its wonderful panoramic views of the northern hills and across Kilbrannan Sound. We will learn more about its fascinating geology with a geologist on hand to help us visualise this volcano formed some 60million years ago, and to unravel the complexities following its collapse.

 | Overview

Distance
9.5km  

Highest Point Gained
512 - Ard Bheinn  

Total Ascent
550m  

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
2  
Long distance, some steep ascent and descent, moderate amount of stamina needed in bursts, suitable for reasonably fit walkers. Have had recent experience of walking for 5-7 hours? Have you recently walked up (and down) hills without physical too much distress? 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
Monday 21 May 2018

Meeting Time
0745  


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

This walk starts at the top of the String, heading up onto Cnoc Dudh and A’Chruach, which is the first in the ring of hills that make up the caldera, ending at the highest point at Ard Bheinn, learning about its ancient volcanic history along the way. If the weather is good the view from here will be breathtaking and there is a high chance of seeing interesting wildlife. Our geology expert will trace evidence in the rock wherever it takes us. Having explored the high ground it is time to descend but not before we have sought out the hidden cave on the subsidiary summit of Binnein na h-Uaimh. From here it is a steep drop down through deep heather to Glenloig on the String road.


 | 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.