Caisteal Abhail, via North Glen Sannox

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Caisteal Abhail is the most northerly of the Arran Corbetts, often known as the Sleeping Warrior due to its outline when seen from the Ayrshire coastline. This rocky mountain is a truly stunning viewpoint and has several granite tors on its summit, and a jagged cleft known as the Witches' Step cuts deeply into its east ridge. The easiest ascent is via the northwest ridge, as described here.


Good paths lower down; some pathless going up to ridge then good ridgewalking to summit tors

Public Transport

Bus will stop on request.


Carpark off A841 by North Sannox Bridge. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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