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A Little Island Adventure - Walking & Swimming!

A Little Island Adventure - Walking & Swimming!

Postby dooterbang » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:17 pm

Route description: Caisteal Abhail, via North Glen Sannox

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Tarsuinn, Caisteal Abhail, Cir Mhor

Date walked: 07/05/2018

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 24 km

Ascent: 1800m

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Back in May (currently late June as I write) Fiona and I decided to walk a linear route of 3 Arran Corbett's, seeing that this was the only area forecasting some decent weather. It meant an early rise to catch the 7am ferry, this would give us plenty time to complete our walk without racing round. Glad to say we managed to catch said ferry :)

Day 1
From the ferry terminal in Brodick we caught a bus to North Sannox Car Park, we would start our walk from here. Taking in Caisteal Abhail, Cir Mhor, & Beinn Tarsuinn. We would walk out back to the ferry terminal via Glen Rosa.

At around 08.30hrs we started our little adventure, heading up the sometimes pathless steep Northern slope to Suidhe Fhearglas. Weather was overcast, dry, with the clouds above the summits.

Initial ascent, with views West to the road leading over to Lochranza.

We soon reached the ridge proper with a decent path now ahead of us. It was getting really hot so we decided to stick on our shorts, thankfully no one was around to witness this quick change :shock: :lol:

Ridge ahead

The views now opened up, the ridge ahead looking very enticing :) We would be having a look at the witches step soon...

Some time for posing :lol:


Witches step in the distance

We headed up to the spur of the witches step but no way could we descend as a rope was required. We did however pick up a path which led us around the North face and we scrambled down to the path leading to the bottom of the witches step.

Loking back up at the witches step

The ascent up to the ridge looks very steep but presents no real difficulties, was really good fun :)

About to start the ascent, to the right.

Ascent ahead.

After a while we soon reached the summit of Caisteal Abhail. We didnt hang around as the wind was now up, and our trousers back on. We took shelter for a bite to eat, just as the clag enveloped us.

Views to next summit.

We left and descended down the ridge to its lowest point, it was then I realised I'd left my berghaus vapour zip ss tee shirt at our lunch spot! I ran back up, clag plentiful, and spent 15 minutes trying to locate our spot...but I failed :( Turns out I couldn't buy this top online as now discontiued - bugger!!

On we went and soon reached the miniscule pointy summit of Cir Mhor.

Cir Mhor Summit

Again we didn't hang around and made our way across the ridge to our final summit - Beinn Tarsuinn. We took the bypass to the West of A'Chir.


Route ahead

Some monkey (chimpanzee) action :wink: :lol:

Asending to the summit we met our first encounters of other humans...for a while it felt we were all alone 8) A quick hello and we reached our 3rd peak. We sat here for 5 minutes then headed back down North East to Cnoc Breac.

Looking back up to Beinn Tarsuinn

Leaving Cnoc Breac the ground underfoot becomes very boggy and tufty for 1km, however we soon reached the path proper that led out of Glen Rosa.

Glen Rosa

Fiona - Finally showing her climbing skills :wink: :lol:

With the sun now out we went for a little swim in Glen Rosa Water, it was very refreshing 8)

The walk out was lovely, now that the sun was shining, and we made good progress which allowed us to make the 18.20hrs ferry. Cracking route this, and not that busy compared to the popular Goat Fell.

Day 2
After our little adventure yesterday we managed a very leisurely walk around Loch Ard near Aberfoyle. Really nice and peaceful 6km walk with great views.


Loch Ard



Found a nice spot for a bite to eat before making our way to find a cave :)

The cave

Another fine couple of days expolring what Scotland has to offer :) . More adventures would follow home & abroad, hopefully I get time to write them up :roll: :lol: Thanks to Fiona for being a super companion :D
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Re: A Little Island Adventure - Walking & Swimming!

Postby Mountainlove » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:07 pm

It's always great to miss the masses on Goatfell. Nice set of photos and I am sure the swim was great :D
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Re: A Little Island Adventure - Walking & Swimming!

Postby Sgurr » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:47 pm

Never done the Witches' Step....and not so sure it looks any easier close up. Some great pics, thanks for posting.
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Re: A Little Island Adventure - Walking & Swimming!

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:42 pm

What a fine place Arran is - just returned from 3 days there myself, which included swimming. The water was warmer than in Greece 2 weeks previously - but the midgies were more vicious than the mozzies in Greece, and immeasurably more numerous :roll: .
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Re: A Little Island Adventure - Walking & Swimming!

Postby malky_c » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:40 am

Nice one - swimming is definitely where it's at this year (or was until recently at least) 8)

Thought you may have given the A' Chir ridge a shot. I'm not sure how difficult it is, but I gave it a miss when up that way as I had a heavy overnight bag and it was windy - must go back to investigate sometime.
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