FRIDAY 19 MAY, 2016
9.8 MILES 6.5 HOURS
MORRIS, GEORGE, BILLY, JOHN, STEWART, BILL, JAMES, ALAN, BRIAN AND PHIL
As keen walkers it would not be right to visit Arran and not walk up Goat Fell. For this reason we decided to stay an extra day and go to the top of this wonderful mountain. We travelled in our minibus to the car park at the Arran Brewery at Cladach and set off on the sign posted path into the woodland behind the brewery. This path is clearly shown on the O.S. map and obviously one of the more popular routes up Goat Fell. We followed this path uphill to Meall Breac where the route to the summit became much steeper and much more challenging with a bit of hands on scrambling required. It was well worth the effort to enjoy the views from the top. We decided to take one of the more challenging routes back down and made our way along Stacach to North Goat Fell and down the rocky ridge to the Saddle. The first part involved a lot of scrambling with some climbing and care had to be taken on some slippery rock sections. From the Saddle we followed the well walked route down Glen Rosa. After a brief stop where some of the team enjoyed a swim in the river (Glen Rosa water) we finished the days and our week’s walking back at the brewery with a much needed ‘pint’.
Summary; The route up and down we took is an easy enough walk for experienced fit walkers.
Highs; Great fun some great scrambling and fabulous views.
Lows; None…. well worth the effort.
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