12th-14th May 2023
The Arran Mountain Festival is Scotland’s premier hillwalking, running and mountaineering festival, and it’s not hard to see why. The festival offers a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful island of Arran while enjoying some of the most amazing landscapes that Scotland has to offer. This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with a fantastic programme of walks, runs, and social events to suit all ages and abilities.
One of the things that make the Arran Mountain Festival so special is the chance to meet like-minded people who share a love of the outdoors. Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer or a beginner looking to explore the hills for the first time, the festival offers a friendly and supportive environment where you can make new friends and discover new skills.
The festival has a fantastic programme of walks, runs, and social events to suit all ages and abilities. The walks are led by experienced local leaders who know the island and its mountains like the back of their hand. The festival offers a range of walks, from easy strolls to more challenging hikes, and there’s something for everyone. Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include walks to Ceum na Caillich and Caisteal Abhail, two of the most stunning peaks on the island.
The festival is committed to reducing its impact on the environment by reducing its use of single-use plastics. Participants are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and the festival avoids the use of single-use, non-degradable plastic plates, cups, and cutlery.
All income generated by the festival goes solely towards the cost of putting on the festival and associated expenses. The festival aims to keep prices as low as possible so that as many people as possible can take part. Even though the walk leaders generously provide their services free of charge to the festival, the prices charged do not cover the full costs of providing insurance, transport, and a booking admin system. The festival makes up the balance through the very generous sponsorship of many Arran businesses, social events, and the Friends scheme.
The festival is a great way to explore the island of Arran, which is often referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. The island has something for everyone, from sandy beaches and rugged coastlines to rolling hills and craggy peaks. The festival is a chance to discover the island’s rich history and culture, and sample some of its fantastic local produce.
The Arran Mountain Festival is a unique and exciting event that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer or a beginner looking to explore the hills for the first time, the festival offers a friendly and supportive environment where you can make new friends and discover new skills. With its stunning landscapes, rich history, and a fantastic programme of walks, runs, and social events, the festival is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
So why not book this year and discover the beauty of Arran for yourself?