Arran Meet day 2: Almost back to Brodick

Sub 2000s: Fionn Bhealach

Date walked: 12/04/2015

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 21km

Ascent: 650m

Sub 2k Marilyns: Fionn Bhealach.
Date: 12/04/2015.
Distance: 21km.
Ascent: 650m.
Time taken: 5 hours, 30 minutes.
Weather: Cold, windy, occasional showers, sunny.

Link to day 1
Another poor start to the day - wind and rain. I didn't leave the hostel until 10:30am, at which point the sun began to break through. By the time I was halfway up the Laggan path, it was time to strip off the waterproofs. Had I started earlier, I would have done the full coastal path around the Cock of Arran with a short break-off to nip up Fionn Bhealach, but this route was a good compromise.

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Deer in Lochranza:

New lambs:

Caisteal Abhail:

Back to the distillery in Lochranza:

At the top of the pass, I left the good path and crossed grass and peat hags to the trig point on Fionn Bhealach. This was slower and further than it looked, but good views across the Sound of Bute were opening up. Higher up, the north end of Goatfell and Caisteal Abhail popped up, with even more fresh snow than yesterday on them.


Meall Mor with Beinn Bharrain behind:

Goatfell and Caisteal Abhail:

Witches Step:

I didn't hang around at the trig point as there was a brisk, cold breeze there. A steep heathery descent tool me into a small corrie which looked as if it had been formed by a landslip more than normal glacial erosion. There were lots of deer in here, and on the lip of the corrie, the ground changed to lovely short grass. The rest of the descent was steeo but easy.

Northern Arran Corbetts from Fionn Bhealach:

Bute and the Sound of Bute:


Deer in the corrie:


More war games and the mouth of Loch Fyne:


Across Bute to Cruach nan Capull and the Cowal hills:

There were some odd mossy tussocks lower down. A pleasant walk along the coast followed, feeling nice and remote, but with a good path.

Descending to the coast:

Looking along the NE coast of Arran:

…and back towards the Cock of Arran:

Fishing boat in the Sound of Bute:

As I approached the Fallen Rocks and the edge of the forest, I could see an evil looking shower moving in behind me. I managed to find an overhanging crag next to a cave and stopped under this for lunch.

Heavy shower coming in:


Fallen Rocks (imaginative placenames):



…and a cave. Looked a bit dank so I sat out the shower under the overhanging block to the left:

I was glad I had found somwhere dry as the shower was pretty intense for a short while. The rocks were interestingly different to anything else I'd seen on Arran - a sort of mudstone conglomerate similar to that at North Kessock just outside Inverness.


…but soon past:



The sun came out again and the path improved (with a temporary diversion around some logging). I spotted a couple of oystercatchers on the shore. Not the first ones I had seen this weekend, but the first I had managed to get close to.

Cruach nan Capull:

Pair of oystercatchers on the rocky shore:


The path pops out at a picnic site with toilets. The area was sheltered and the sun felt warm at this point. Great views up Glen Sannox.

Glen Sannox from the picnic spot at North Sannox. Cioch na h-Oighe on the left – a fun way up Goatfell:

Caisteal Abhail and Suidhe Fheargais:

Looking for a shortcut, I crossed the North Sannox Burn on some shoddy stepping stones. They were really slippy and half were missing so I ended up wading to my ankles. Up until that point, I had managed to keep my feet dry on Arran!

Bute and Cowal:

A further path through the woods took me to a better crossing over the Sannox Burn, then onto the road. Now it felt as if it had never rained at all :)

Beach at Sannox – what shower?

Better stepping stones over the Sannox Burn:

Mouth of the Sannox:

I ambled down the road to Corrie, which is busier and more populated than the west coast of the island, but still pleasant enough to walk along. I was lucky enough to spot some seals on the rocks just off the coast south of Sannox (so now I don't need to include the photo of the pretend seal at Corrie).

Seals off the coast between Sannox and Corrie:



At the south end of Corrie, it was 3pm and decision time. I could relax and wait an hour for the bus to Brodick or I could carry on walking, taking a new forestry track to Brodick Castle via the slopes of Maol Donn that my map showed. Relaxing seemed the answer, but then the air cooled and another shower threatened so I pushed on. There was also something of a purist ethic pushing me on - I had walked out to Lochranza so surely I could walk back as well?

More war action – guarding Brodick from the Calmac invasion?

Goatfell above the houses of Corrie:

Very low rainbow over the Inverclyde coast:

The track (which doesn't appear on any of the online OS mapping I can see) wasn't worth the effort. Although it climbed up the hillside a good 150m, it was too hemmed in for many views and aesthetically much less pleasing than anywhere else I had walked this weekend. It would have been nicer to stick to the main road around the coast.

Photo mainly included to advise against this path:

There were a few nice views down onto Brodick Bay further on, but I was running out of time. I had already discounted a visit to the Arran Brewery, and now I would have to run if I wanted to make the 4:40pm ferry on foot (and the onward domino trail of transport connections that would get me home this evening). I didn't want to run anywhere, so I skipped out on the grounds of Brodick Castle and dropped back down to the road at Merkland Bridge.

Holy Island and Brodick Bay:

It was only a couple of minutes from here to the bus stop outside the castle grounds, where I had 10 minutes to wait for the next bus (which tied in with the ferry departure). Phew - made it!

One of the nicer bus stops in the UK (outside Brodick Castle)

Just in time to catch this:

Onboard the ferry, I had expected to meet Kinley and Hazel, but met Stevie, Des, Marion and Pete instead - evidently everyone had changed their ferry bookings. I enjoyed some dinner and finally a pint of Arran Blonde before saying goodbye to everyone and heading for the train at Ardrossan. It was a bit of a slog home via changes at Glasgow and Perth, but probably more pleasant than driving. I finally got into Inverness shortly after 10:30pm.

Beinn Tarsuinn and Goatfell from the boat:


Goodbye Arran:

…but we’re not done with these yet:

A great meet which exceeded weather expectations and was probably my best trip to Arran so far :D . Cheers to Des for organising and everyone else for a great couple of evenings 8)

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