| Walk description
Starting at Catacol, this route uses the path up Glen Catacol and into Gleann Diomhan. Look out for adders along the way! You will spend some time there looking at the Arran Whitebeams, which are Scotland’s rarest native trees. Whilst the Arran Whitebeam was first recorded in 1897, the Catacol Whitebeam was only found as recently as 2007. In global terms, they are officially classed as dangerously close to extinction.
From there, you will leave the path and head steeply up onto Beinn Tarsuinn, the highest point of the walk at 556m, and the haunt of golden plovers, golden eagles and red deer. You will continue across wet, pathless terrain and descend to Loch Tanna under the scree slopes of Beinn Bharrain, where you may see some early sundew and cotton grass. The route then rises from the loch to reach Coire Fhionn Lochan where we can have a paddle before heading down the path to Thundergay, enjoying the wonderful views out over to Kintyre and beyond.
| 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
- Packed lunch and drink - please consider the use of re-useable water bottles and food wrapping.
- Any personal medicines
- Sun cream and insect repellent