walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Arran the Goatfell range without Goatfell

Arran the Goatfell range without Goatfell


Postby scoob999 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:31 pm

Route description: Glen Rosa circuit

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

Date walked: 12/10/2013

Time taken: 8.35 hours

Distance: 27.9 km

Ascent: 1773m

2 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

This had originally started out as a walk taking in the 4 Corbetts on Arran. The forecast looked promising but wind speed was a lot more than expected :shock: We cycled in to the bridge over the Glen Rosa water (ref 983388), saving us a 6km walk each way from the ferry :D A very easy cycle and we were on our way.

A nice steady walk up Beinn Tarsuinn, crossing over Beinn Nuis. Fairly uneventful with just a slight scramble down towards A'Chir. Even at this stage we were having slight concerns about time, so decided to bypass A'Chir altogether. In hindsight, a wise choice. Bypassing Cir Mhor we headed to Caisteal Abhail, in to the clag about 800m, and over to the summit tor. Deciding against taking a path downhill, we decided on a full frontal assault on the tor :shock: :roll: Not too difficult but it did involve some rock hugging :wink: which made our minds up to take the easy route back down from the summit.

Now over to Cir Mhor, which looked impenetrable on approach from this side but the path actually veered around the biggest slabs and up to the summit on a easy-ish path. We stood here for 5mins watching a helicopter, assuming it was on a training exercise. Coming off Cir Mhor we followed the first path off, which turned out to be a pretty full-on down climb, harder than what we'd done on the AE :crazy: Anyway, we made it down safely and the bealach at The Saddle looked a long, long way down. Once there, we did a time check and with around 4 hours til the last ferry home we decided just to bail. I think it was a wise choice because we would have missed out on the best of these hills had we gone over Goatfell, as we'd be unlikely to come back to the island very soon if at all.

So with a 4.5km walk and a 6km bike ride, we decided we'd try to get the earlier ferry at 4.40pm. So with some major power walking :shock: we set off and made fantastic time, leaving us 20mins for the cycle... off we set as fast as we could, knowing it would be a close call! As we got in to Brodick we seen the ferry was still there :D only for the rope to be thrown in and the ferry to take off when we had just about 0.5km left to go :( :lol: This left us 2 hours to sample the food in Brodick 8)

Now we're really looking forward to going back to do the Sannox horseshoe with the 3 corbetts this time :thumbup: :D












Attachments

arran.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

User avatar
scoob999
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 1664
Munros:38   Corbetts:221
Grahams:90   Donalds:24
Sub 2000:140   Hewitts:25
Wainwrights:7   Islands:9
Joined: Aug 8, 2011
Location: Birnam/Dunkeld. i think?

Re: Arran the Goatfell range without Goatfell

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:58 am

Great going, Stuart, and particularly enjoyed the ferry ride :thumbup:
When's the boxed set of videos of your munros coming out :lol:
User avatar
SusieThePensioner
 
Posts: 1543
Munros:6   Corbetts:3
Grahams:4   Donalds:7
Sub 2000:3   Hewitts:108
Wainwrights:156   
Joined: Sep 7, 2011
Location: County Durham

Re: Arran the Goatfell range without Goatfell

Postby scoob999 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:45 pm

SusieThePensioner wrote:Great going, Stuart, and particularly enjoyed the ferry ride :thumbup:
When's the boxed set of videos of your munros coming out :lol:


Thanks Susie :D don't encourage me, I'm still working on the autobiography :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:
User avatar
scoob999
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 1664
Munros:38   Corbetts:221
Grahams:90   Donalds:24
Sub 2000:140   Hewitts:25
Wainwrights:7   Islands:9
Joined: Aug 8, 2011
Location: Birnam/Dunkeld. i think?

2 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: paulodipaulio and 42 guests