Festival Hub at the Auchrannie Playbarn. Transport to the start & finish of this walk is provided from there.
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| Walk description
As the main route up Goatfell, this walk sets out from Cladach up the “tourist path”. However, having gained the first 400 metres or so of ascent on the main Goatfell path, the route leaves this well-trodden trail and heads for the prow of the mountain’s south ridge.
This is gained by striking out across pathless and boggy heather moorland, steeply clambering up onto the crest. Having left the busy main Goatfell path behind, along its southern ridge, encounters with mountain wildlife are much more likely than meeting fellow walkers.
On the ridge, a faint path threads through granite slabs and boulders, with views continuously opening to the surrounding hills. Some clambering is necessary as the spiny peak of the ridge is reached – an awe-inspiring jumble of granite boulders and tors.
A final uphill pull across slightly easier ground, and the many walkers scaling Arran’s highest mountain are rejoined on the summit of Goatfell. From there the walk heads north along the Stacach ridge, by-passing any technical sections on its eastern side. The shapely peak of North Goatfell is taken in for more spectacular granite formations and views, before descending steeply into Coire Lan, and finally down to High Corrie.
| 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