Goatfell Summit Walk, Brodick
Distance: 10.5km Time: 5-6 hours
Terrain: Woodland tracks, aggregate footpaths, rocky paths and some boulder scrambles.
Want to take on the Isle of Arran’s tallest peak, Goatfell?
Goat Fell is the highest peak on the Isle of Arran at 874m (2,867ft) and is an amazing example of a landscape shaped by ancient glacier movement. The summit is the most amazing viewpoint to gaze across the Isle of Arran and out to sea with views of Jura and Ben Lomond.
The most popular route up the Isle of Arran’s highest peak begins from a carpark across the road to the front of The Wineport Bar & Bistro. The car park is shared with the Arran Mountain Rescue Team Centre.
Cross the road towards the Wineport and follow the road to the right of the pub past the brewery and you will find a sign that indicates the official start of the walk up Goatfell.
The Goatfell path starts with a woodland accent there will be a few paths branching of but ignore them and keep to the main path. Cross the Brodick Castle Exit Road and continue up through the woodlands.
Ignore the next minor paths joining from the left and right, eventually, the main route curves around to the right but carry on the main path as it gets rockier.
The route is now a clear path and easy to follow however the trekking will get gradually more difficult.
The route emerges from the woodland to cross heather moorland and tracks the Cnocan Burn to the left. You can see a number of minor waterfalls. It is at that point that you can start to see the glorious views over Brodick behind you.
You will reach a footbridge over Mill Burn before you reach a deer fence and with gate. Following your passage through the gate the gradient increases as you snake up to the ridge between Meall Breac and Goatfell.
From the ridge veer left and follow the routes over and between the large boulders up towards the peak. The going gets tougher as the gradient increases and you can observe the summit approaching in front of you. You are almost there.
Spectacular views are a plenty over the surrounding ridges and peak as you navigate out of the boulders though a section of heather and grass before you turn right have a slam boulder scramble to the summit. There are views across the Clyde Estuary and apparently to Ireland though we were not so sure. Drink in the views, have a bite to eat and drink if it is not too chilly. Then about turn and away you go.
The descent is obviously much easier and has marvellous panoramic views of the Isle of Arran and Brodick below.
Follow exactly the same route down as up. On the return there is the added incentive of a rest and drink at the Wineport or one of the establishments at the bottom.