A banshee on Arran
by rockhopper » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:22 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Tarsuinn, Caisteal Abhail, Cir Mhor
Date walked: 19/09/2016
Distance: 29 km
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Had only ever been to Arran once before – an office summer outing 31 years ago in July 1985 when we walked up Goat Fell – a revisit had been a long time coming.
Got the 1350hrs ferry from Arran arriving in Brodick around 1500hrs – first on, last off as I had to take the bike into the car deck.
Cycled from Brodick until just past the Glenrosa camp site – found a hidden spot and locked the bike to a tree. Then continued on foot up Glen Rosa towards the bridge.
This was my first time in Glen Rosa – impressive view northwards.
Exchanged pleasantries with members of an NTS work party repairing parts of the bridge then turned left and followed the steep path up the north side of the Garbh Allt.
Had a minor issue with the first gate getting momentarily stuck due to the size of my rucksack with camping gear. Crossed the allt further up then wasn’t sure whether to cross the fence at the stile or not. Decided to cross and continued NW over some boggier ground – no path so maybe should have stayed on the other side of the fence.
Onwards and upwards
Up over Beinn Nuis
Then down and up the ridge to Beinn Tarsuinn’s summit
Found a flat spot at the summit and erected the tent.
There was too much cloud to have any sort of sunset so just made dinner and wandered about a bit before settling down for the night.
Up during the night to see if the sky had cleared but no luck.
With dawn advancing there was still too much cloud but did get some photos looking over to Goat Fell.
Finished breakfast and got packed up ready for the off
North east towards Caisteal Abhail – decided to bypass A Chir with the camping pack and being on my own.
Looking towards Caisteal Abhail
Got to near the top
Then went round and clambered up to the top
The cloud didn’t want to disappear completely so started to descend for the walk towards Cir Mhòr.
Got up to the small summit with view towards Goat Fell
This just left the walk back down the bealach at the head of Fionn Choire then the descent back to Brodick.
Hadn’t met anyone since the NTS bridge group but then met some other walkers, including Kevin Woods and his friend, on the way through Glen Rosa - nice meeting you although we didn't recognise each other at the time.
Picked up the bike and cycled back to the ferry terminal. Missed the 1230hrs but got the 1355hrs back to Ardrossan instead. Home in plenty of time to cook dinner.
by dooterbang » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:35 pm
I hope you'll be visiting Arran again soon, its a great Island. I cycle round it quite a few times a year.
The sunrise looked pretty awesome
I wont mention that first photo...
by Alteknacker » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:42 pm
And it rekindled some great memories from my trip there last year.
by Borderhugh » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:01 pm
I enjoyed the 80's flashback. I have probably similar photos locked away somewhere that havent seen the light of day since.
Although I have flown across it a few times, I have yet to get anywhere near Arran. It seems that island has everything with great hills to boot.
Was thinking about doing the loop down to Brodick from North Sannox but it would appear these hills need more T & A.
by Collaciotach » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:59 pm
by Chris Mac » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:33 pm
by Huff_n_Puff » Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:35 am
by dav2930 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:37 pm
I don't blame you for missing out the A' Chir ridge - a tough enough scramble without camping gear. You made up for it with your ascent of Cir Mhor though, looking as impressive as ever in your photos.
You've reminded me that I haven't been up Caisteal Abhail yet. A good excuse for another trip to Arran!
by jacob » Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:48 am
by malky_c » Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:14 am
by Cairngorm creeper » Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:38 pm
by litljortindan » Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:44 pm
by rockhopper » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:50 pm
yes but slowly - they're a lot harder to link together than the munros hoping to get out your way some time but may be next year - cheersCollaciotach wrote:Your cracking ón through them Corbetts eh ?