This linear walk takes in the dramatic peaks of Cioch na h-Oighe, Mullach Buidhe and Goatfell.
Distance - 12km
Highest Point Gained - 874m - Goatfell
Total Ascent - 895m
Walk Duration - 9hrs
Terrain - Head for heights essential - sections of hands-on scrambling on very steep ground and clambering along a very narrow ridge. Rough mountain paths, boggy moorland, steep sections with loose rock and gravel underfoot.
Technical Rating - Challenging
Endurance Rating - 3
Cost - £35
Date - Sunday 19th May 2024
Meeting Time - 08:00
Meeting Place - Festival Hub (Auchrannie Resort Playbarn)
Starting at the mouth of Glen Sannox, a gentle climb to the foot of Cioch na h-Oighe over footpath and moor provides a good warm-up for the day. It soon gets serious: from there, the clamber to the top is very steep and relentless. 200 meters are ascended in little over half a kilometer with some exposed scrambling on the way. The ridge that follows is narrow and has near vertical drops down to the evocatively named Devil’s Punchbowl corrie.
The route then climbs to the next peak of Mullach Buidhe and past North Goatfell with a good path over high ground to Stacach ridge and the summit of Goatfell. Great views into Glen Sannox and across the Firth of Clyde can be enjoyed along the way. From Goatfell the route follows the main path down to the finish at Cladach.
This walk is organised by the Arran Mountain Festival, a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation SC 052229, supported by Auchrannie Leisure Ltd.