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Stage 1: Brodick to Sannox (via Goatfell) — Arran Coastal Way

Stage 1: Brodick to Sannox (via Goatfell) — Arran Coastal Way

Difficult
06:22
9.83 mi
1.5 mph
3,050 ft
3,050 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

Tour Overview

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1.45 mi
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Beach view of Goatfell

Hiking Highlight

1.97 mi
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Brodick Castle

Hiking Highlight

5.65 mi
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Goat Fell

Hiking Highlight

5.88 mi
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Stacach Ridge

Hiking Highlight

7.61 mi
9.83 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Alpine Hiking Path: 1.48 mi
Mountain Hiking Path: 1.20 mi
Hiking Path: 4.02 mi
Path: 2.71 mi
Street: 418 yd
State Road: 329 yd

Surfaces

Alpine: 2.68 mi
Unpaved: 4.02 mi
Gravel: 0.44 mi
Asphalt: 0.71 mi
Unknown: 1.99 mi

Weather Forecast

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Dan Hobson planned a hike.

September 1, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    The first stage takes you across Brodick Bay and climbs the highest mountain on the Isle of Arran via some cracking ridge scrambles.

    Whilst Stage 1 is the shortest in the Collection at 9.8 miles (15.8 km) long, it has more climbing than the other hikes by a large margin, with an equal 3,050 feet (930 m) of uphill and downhill.

    If you prefer to admire the mountains from the coastline, however, there is also an official waymarked low-level route. This option is a super-leisurely 7.8 miles (12.6 km) long with 925 feet (282 m) of elevation gain.

    From the stone sculpture marking the beginning/end of the trail, head north around Brodick Bay where you are afforded wonderful views of Goatfell. When you cross Cnocan Burn into Cladach, you can either take the low-level route, which heads along the A841, or begin the ascent of Goatfell. Either way, Brodick Castle is a worthy detour here and only adds half-a-mile (1 km).

    You then begin a long ascent along the main Goatfell track; through woodland and into heather moorland. Ignore any junctions in the path and continue over the road. When you reach the summit of Arran’s highest mountain, breathtaking views await.

    It is then a fun scramble over Stacach Ridge and onto Mullach Buidhe and Cioch na h-Oighe. The route over the latter peak is a classic scramble that is quite narrow in places and has large drops on either side. (If you are not confident, or if the weather is bad, retrace your steps from Goatfell and take the path along Corrie Burn).

    It is then a long and gradual descent into Sannox village, where you find some accommodation and options for food and drink.

    • September 3, 2020

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Stage 1: Brodick to Sannox (via Goatfell) — Arran Coastal Way

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