Sunday 19 May 2019
Monday 20 May 2019
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| Walk description
This hillwalk is a circular route, which can be walked in both directions. This description runs clockwise, but it could be walked anti-clockwise depending on the leaders’ preference. This walk starts and finishes in North Glen Sannox and climbs steeply to the top of Suidhe Fhearghas with its lofty views down over the Clyde and Sannox.
The crux of this route is Ceum na Caillich, the Witch’s Step. The north side of the Step is rock climbing territory, this hillwalk avoids this coming into the bottom of the Step on safer ground. The scramble up and out of the Step and moving along the ridge that follows are the most demanding parts of this route, involving some exposed scrambling.
The Castles lie at the end of this steep ridge and this, for many, will be the highlight of the walk. Great turrets of natural rock mark the top of Caisteal Abhail (The Castles – 859m), looking like the remains of ancient castles that once guarded the heart of the Arran hills. Some of the best views to be seen on these hills are from here, with a panorama that takes in the whole island and beyond. North over Lochranza you can see up Loch Fyne, west out over to Jura, south-west looking down the massive Glen Iorsa with Spoon Island and Ireland visible, and to the south and east the high tops and dipping ridges of the Northern hills are visible. Cir Mhor stands to the south with the A’Chir Ridge stretching out to the south. Make sure you bring a camera! The final leg of this walk heads northwards down to the sweeping ridge of Sail an Im and back down to the start.
| 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
- Any personal medicines
- Sun cream and insect repellent