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Goatfell

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Goatfell
Author: , Published: 11 Oct 2012 Walk Rating:star1 Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered mapstar1 Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered mapstar1 Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered mapstar1 Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered mapstar1 Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered map
Ayrshire, Arran
Walk Type: Mountains
Goatfell
Length: 11 miles,  Difficulty: boot Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered map boot Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered map boot Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered map boot Goat fell Walking guides and GPS powered map
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A long walk to the highest point on the Isle of Arran. At 2,866 feet the views are amazing over wide parts of southern Scotland and even out to the Isle of Man on clear days. Although the walk is not steep until the final ascent of the mountain itself it is unrelenting and hard work, but the views and scenery are well worth it.

There is no easy way to get to this walk, it's on an island. You need to get a ferry from the small port of Ardrossan in Ayrshire. This walk has been written so that it starts and finishes at the ferry port at Brodick on the Arran side. The walk can be quite easily done in a day just make a note of the final ferry time to make sure you are not marooned on Arran unintentionally.

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Start to Cladach Mountain Rescue Post
Start to Cladach Mountain Rescue Post

Start point: 55.5766 lat, -5.1375 long
End point: 55.5912 lat, -5.1559 long

From the ferry terminal at Brodick Goatfell is unmissable, it rises like a cone above the woods on the opposite side of the bay. Follow the road towards it until at the start of the beach there is a signpost entitled Fisherman's Walk. This sends you down to the beach then through a golf course, over a couple of rivers, back on the beach until finally you come to Cladach Mountian Rescue post.

Cladach Mountain Rescue Post to Gate in the deer fence
Cladach Mountain Rescue Post to Gate in the deer fence

Start point: 55.5912 lat, -5.1559 long
End point: 55.6096 lat, -5.1776 long

This is where the uphill bit starts and as I said in the introduction, its not steep but it is relentless. Taking care, cross the road following a sign to Arran Brewery, then follow the track up through the conifer woodland. Just past a crossroads in the path information boards tell you that you can see red squirrels in these woods, we never saw any but we did see a slow worm. The track through the plantation carries on up and the conifers give way to more open mixed woodland of birch and rowan and heather until finally you come to a gate in the deer fence.

Gate in the deer fence to The ridge to the summit
Gate in the deer fence to The ridge to the summit

Start point: 55.6096 lat, -5.1776 long
End point: 55.6247 lat, -5.1788 long

You are now out on the open mountainside and the path now winds its way through granite boulders, its difficult to get a rhythmic stride but, whilst you are still ascending, the gradient is not as steep as it was. Make the most of it because the steepest bit is yet to come.

The ridge to the summit to The drive to Brodick Castle
The ridge to the summit to The drive to Brodick Castle

Start point: 55.6247 lat, -5.1788 long
End point: 55.5935 lat, -5.1615 long

The path now gets a lot steeper as you climb up the ridge to the summit. The route is very cleverly laid out with just the odd step here and there made out of the naturally occurring rock so that it bleds into the landscape. The route follows the top of the ridge until just before the summit it bends first left and then right to come out suddenly at the top and reveals the view down into the valley that has been hidden throughout the walk. The full 360 degree panarama is well worth all the effort to get here with pointy peaks and sparkling sea all the way around. When you are ready head back down using the route you used to ascend all the way back down the ridge, across the boulder field and through the deer fence. Once you are heading back through the woods you come to a cross roads near the information board. Here, this time, turn left and follow the driveway to Brodick Castle.

The drive to Brodick Castle to End
The drive to Brodick Castle to End

Start point: 55.5935 lat, -5.1615 long
End point: 55.5766 lat, -5.1393 long

Follow the driveway which is gently undulating for about a quarter of a mile and then you will arrive at the castle. The building is a National trust for Scotland property in beautiful gardens, there is also a tea shop selling the usual range of drinks and cakes. Once replenished, or after a walk around the building, follow the signs for the pedestrian exit which winds down through the gardens and comes out at the group of buildings you passed through earlier which included the Arran Brewery. This is where you rejoin the route you took on the the ascent and once again follow the Fisherman's Walk path along the beach and through the golf course all the way back to the ferry terminal.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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