Saturday 14 May 2022
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| Walk description
The route starts from Glen Sannox with a steep walk over open moorland up to the summit of Suidhe Fhearghas, with dramatic views along the ridge over the Clyde and Glen Sannox. The crux of the route is Ceum na Caillich, the Witch’s Step. The north side of the step is rock climbing territory, this route avoids this, coming round to the bottom of the step on safer ground. The steep scramble up from the bottom of the step and the gnarled ridge that follows are the most demanding part of the route, requiring a head for heights and hands-on rock clambering.
After traversing the ridge, the plateau-like top of the Castles is reached. A final clamber onto the large summit tor is rewarded with unsurpassable panoramic views, taking in the whole island and beyond. North beyond Lochranza stretches Loch Fyne, west lie Kintyre and Jura, south-west down the grand Glen Iorsa with Ireland in the distance, and to the south-east are the high tops and steep-sided ridges in the heart of Arran’s northern hills. To the south stands Cir Mhor with the high rocky ridge of A’Chir beyond.
The descent route follows the sweeping ridge of Sail an Im, down into North Glen Sannox towards the plantation and finish of the walk, with more spectacular views to take in along the way.
This circular walk can be tackled in either direction depending on the leader’s preference.
| 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
- 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
- Spare socks
- Blister plasters