Date : Tuesday 16th May 2006.

Occasion : Our last day on Arran and a second go at Goat Fell.

Location : The Isle of Arran, Scotland.

On holiday with : Ann and the two dogs.

Weather : The poor weather was passing away . . . slowly

Sunshine at last and the prospect of a fell walk for the dogs too.

 

The prospect of better weather saw us driving again to Corrie and having a second go at climbing Goat Fell.

Rob at the Glenartney described a circular route up from the village, left above the waterfall we had reached the other day, then left up Meal Breac to joint the Brodick path up to the summit. From there the North Goat Fell ridge was a relatively straightforward high level but undulating ridge amongst the high rocky hills, with a return route back to the waterfalls in Corrie Lan and the village.

Slight cloud cover on the tops as we pass the yellow gorse by the water board buildings.

 

A clear view down to Holy Island today.

Historically a religious retreat, it still has a monastery, but at present it is home to an order of Buhdist monks.

   
Granite boulders litter the hillside.
Ann climbing the final part of the fell.

Views were generally very good and we could see right across the Clyde,

however our luck didn't quite hold as the summit clouded over just before we reached the trig point.

   
Goat Fell viewing plinth. 2867 ft ( 874m )
The route north along the ridge.

We were uncertain what the ridge would bring but a little map and compass work soon confirmed the route we needed.

   
One of the three ridge pinnacles
Clearing mist as we lost height.

Ann making her way along a clear section of path.

Climbing each of the pinnacles in turn could be avoided by following a slightly twisty undulating route to one side or another. Walking up here was very much like walking many of the high Lakeland Fells, but the rock strata was totally different. It was like walking the Dartmoor Tors but with attitude (and altitude for that matter ! )

North Goat Fell, clear of cloud.

Behind is Caisteal Abhail, just catching the mist.

Looking across to the rugged, pointed Cir Mhor, with Beinn Tarsuinn to the left.

 

A few minutes later Caisteal Abhail was also clear.

Some of the walking over there looks like it could be a serious undertaking.

Click here for a full 360 panorama from North Goat Fell

Looking north to Mullach Buidhe with the sea beyond.

This is the peak we saw yesterday from the North Sannox shoreline.

Corrie Lan and our descent route from North Goat Fell.

we followed the burn down and rejoined our ascent route at the waterfall as it descended from the high valley.

Corrie Lan from above the falls.

We traversed from left to right, dropping down at the lowest point on the ridge.

Back down to the deer fence and the open forest section.

The stile had been repaired with a new top today.

Could these be Scottish path fairies at work ?

(Sunday's picture)

 

~ Bye the way ~

In searching out the old photo of Ann and the Arran Sunset,

I found this one of myself and our two youngest on Goat Fell (circa 1987)

Note: our old dog Nicky had similar affinity to peat bogs as our current retrievers.

Fashions may change but dog habits never do !

 

After our successful walk we made our way up to Lochranza for the early evening ferry.

   
Springside, our B&B in Tarbert on the mainland.
The view of the outer harbour.

Tarbert spans the narrow section of mainland at the head of the Mull on Kintyre and is a popular harbour for fishing boats and yachts sailing the west coast. Consequently there are plenty of restaurants and some wonderful seafood dishes on offer.

Another MacBrayne ferry as we take our second island hop out to Colonsay

This is the Hebridean Isles loading at Kennacraig.

The new road and harbour works have altered the shape of Port Askaig on Islay.

The ferry called in here to drop off anyone travelling to Islay and Jura.

The Caol Ila Distillery just down the coast from Port Askaig.

Another fine Islay whisky producer.

After a three and a half hour cruise through the Scottish west coast islands we arrive at Colonsay,

and as we do, the sun started to shine.

 

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