Arran Mountain Adventure Weekend Isle of Arran, Scotland
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Spend 3 days on the rugged and dramatic Isle of Arran, often referred to as ‘Scotland in miniature’, guided by Mark Reid and Richard Duckworth, both highly experienced Mountain Leaders.
Discover adventurous routes, ridges, scrambles and summits, taking you far away from crowds and into a world of majestic mountains. Our routes will take us into the glens and granite mountains in the heart of Arran with its four Corbetts of Goatfell (874m), Caisteal Abhail (859m), Beinn Tarsuinn (826m) and Cir Mhor (799m). Despite their modest height for Scottish mountains, these are rugged mountains on a grand scale that require a head for heights and a good level of fitness, as the routes will include Grade 1 scrambles, steep broken ground, granite boulder fields and dramatic ridges.
- Fantastic guided mountain walks with Mark Reid and Richard Duckworth
- Experience the camaraderie of walking the Scottish mountains with like-minded walkers
- Share your sense of achievement on each summit and also at the end with your fellow walkers
- Small group size – maximum 12 people with two Mountain Leaders.
BRODICK, ISLE OF ARRAN, SCOTLAND
This 3-day mountain adventure weekend will be based at Brodick on the Isle of Arran. There are regular ferries between Ardrossan and Brodick, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. Ardrossan is about 30 miles to the south-west of Glasgow. The ferry takes 55 minutes.
Brodick offers a range of accommodation including pubs, hotels, B&Bs and campsite. For more information VisitArran
OVERVIEW OF THE WALKS
We will meet each morning at 9:30am at Brodick for a chat about the day, weather forecast and kit check. We will then either walk straight from Brodick on a circular route or catch a bus northwards along the A841 to Corrie or Sannox from where we will walk back to Brodick on a linear route. All walks will be finished by around 5pm.
The routes will be decided each day given the weather forecast and group needs. The walks may include the classic ‘Three Beinns’ horseshoe walk (Beinn a Chliabhain, Beinn Tarsuinn and Beinn Nuis), Goatfell, Stacach Ridge (Grade 1), Cioch na h-Oighe (Grade 1), Glen Rosa, Glen Sannox Horseshoe (Cir Mhor) or the North Glen Sannox Horseshoe (Caisteal Abhail).
All walks will be demanding full day mountain walks with steep broken ground, granite boulders and tors, exposed narrow ridges (including Grade 1 scrambles) and challenging mountainous terrain. We may experience adverse weather conditions. A good level of fitness and a head for heights is required for this 3-day mountain adventure walking weekend.
8pm: Meet at a Brodick pub each evening to recount our day’s adventures over a meal and drink (optional)
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark Reid has walked over 24,000 miles of footpaths over the past 24 years, and has taken over 13,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
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EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- No experience is required as full guidance will be given.
- A good level of fitness and a head for heights is required as there will be three days of mountain walking, which will be physically demanding and include steep, mountainous and rocky terrain, with the potential for adverse weather conditions.
- All walks will include uneven ground, rough, rocky and mountainous terrain, stream crossings, wet/boggy ground, sustained ascents and descents, steep and exposed ground, Grade 1 scrambling (hands on rock / rock steps / exposed terrain above steep drops) and mountain summits; we may also experience adverse weather conditions.
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 12,000 people out walking in the hills, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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