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Isle of Arran Things to Do: 58 reviews and 180 photos
Arran?s highest peak - 874 meters/2866 feet - dominates the skyline from both Brodick and the Scottish Ayrshire mainland. It serves as a magnet for many would-be modern day versions of George Mallory. They clamber off the ferry at Brodick and set out to walk around the bay, beginning their climb at Cladach, next to Brodick Castle. Some cheat and take the bus to and from Cladach thus saving 6 km/3.75 miles and 1 meter of gain from their 17 km/10.5 mile and 875 meter gain route. The main route up Goatfell is a smaller version of the Appian Way, stones laid out making your way obvious. Only as you gain the final eastern ridge does the gradient finally become a factor. On top, there is a trigonometric point with a view indicator pointing out the many sights you can see both on the mainland, in the islands and off over to Northern Ireland. That is unless whipping clouds aren?t blasting over the top of the peak at the same time as your visit - as was my fate. If conditions allow, the immediate mountains and glacial valleys to the north and west invite further exploration. Or use them as a more interesting avenue up Goatfell, itself.
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