Another Arran Threesome - The Three Beinns via Glen Rosa.

Route: Three Beinns Walk, Glen Rosa

Corbetts: Beinn Tarsuinn

Date walked: 15/04/2017

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 20.6km

Ascent: 1214m

Been cycling more than walking lately as I’ve entered the Caledonian Etape in May, however the lure of mountain tops always remains strong. I’m still without a car so again I was looking at possible public transports routes, coupled with a decent forecast.

Mountainthyme had offered me to join her up in Aviemore with Rod & David for a Corbett bagging extravaganza (crap weather), I also had a late offer to do Ben Ledi, but once again Arran looked the best and easiest option. So another threesome was on the cards – The Three Beinns from Glen Rosa.

Left my flat at 8.10am, 8.34am I was on the very busy train from Central Station to Ardrossan Harbour. 9.40am I was on the crowded ferry to Brodick. Again I met fellow Walkhighlander Tommy Lavelle who was heading for Pirnmill, I had read his report on The Three Beinns Friday evening.

Left the ferry 11.00am and headed through Brodick for Glen Rosa.

As you leave Brodick head 100m up the String Road, which I’ve cycled many times, then take a right turn and follow the single track road all the way past the campsite until the road ends, it’s about 4k from the ferry to this point. You now have a landrover track which you follow till reaching a bridge.

Beautiful Glen Rosa.

When across the bridge take a sharp left and follow the path uphill until reaching a gate. Through the gate strike NW across the barren, and boggy, expansive Coire a'Bhradain. You soon reach the ridge and are confronted with boulders bigger than my b###s :shock:

Follow the ridge

View of the ridge ahead

Big Boulders!

The wind was ferocious and it was a struggle to stay upright. The views to Goatfell & Cir Mhor looked foreboding under the darkened clouds.

I passed numerous groups who’d taken shelter from the wind and finally reached the first Beinn. A kind woman offered to take a photo, which I didn’t refuse :wink:

I didn’t hang about and sped off following the ridge to the second Beinn, and Corbett summit, of Beinn Tarsuin. Up high, and very exposed, it was brutally cold! I just kept moving, running when I could. I wanted to make the 16.40pm ferry.

The ridge to Beinn Tarsuin

Gaotfell Range and the rest of the Three Beinns horseshoe ridge.

Pirnmill hills – I waved to Tommy :wave:

More boulders!

Looking back to the first Beinn

Descending the ridge SE from Beinn Tarsuin was very difficult due to the swirling high winds. At one point I got blown very hard (no sheep involved :roll: ) which knocked me sideways off the path and to the ground! Thankfully I wasn’t on a part of the ridge with drops either side.

Eventually I got low enough down the ridge to feel safe, rewarded with great views over Glen Rosa out to Brodick and the Holy Isle.

I ran most of the descent from here until I reached the point when crossing the boggy pathless tussocks to regain the path which would take me back down to the bridge. I did step in some deep bogs here but my GTX trail runners stood up to the job.

At the bridge I looked back up the Glen to the pointed summit Cir Mhor.

I chatted to the Goatfell Ranger and Amy the new seasonal recruit. Nice job if you can get it! He informed me of the upcoming Arran Mountain Festival. After a chat I said my goodbyes, I had a ferry to catch!

Transport of choice.

At this point I knew I would make the ferry so I took my time and pulled out the camera.

Some trees!

I reached Brodick at 15.30pm. Bought a protein shake and sat by the water looking up at the mountains I just walked, very happy with my effort in testing conditions.


I hopped on the 16.40pm Ferry. As I looked back at the Goatfell Range the cloud was enveloping the jagged summits. I thought about how Tommy was getting on. Turns out he got so far and turned back due to high winds. He caught the last ferry to the mainland. He will return, but an earlier ferry.

I arrived at central station and walked the final few kilometres home in the rain, arriving at 19.30pm. Really enjoyed pushing myself, the hill fitness is slowly coming back :) .

If you haven’t then you really must visit Arran 8)

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Location: Glasgow
Occupation: Mental Health Nursing
Interests: Hillwalking, Running, Cycling, Cinema, Music. Comedy.
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Ideal day out: Early Start. Ridge Walk. Scrambling. Plenty of Ascent. Love long days in the hills and epic walks.
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