Torchlight challenge shines bright on Goatfell summit

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Fifty walkers braved the cold to climb the 2,866ft of Arran’s highest mountain as part of the Goatfell Torchlight Challenge organised by the Arran Ranger Service.

The charity event last Saturday was to raise money for the Arran Mountain Rescue Team and for the repair of the Goatfell path.

Setting off as dusk fell, the aim was to reach the summit by 9pm to light torches and a beacon. The time was synchronised with a similar event happening on Ben Lomond.

Early rain cleared and the walkers experienced a magnificent evening with a deep red sunset over Kintyre and Jura. The last group arrived at 8.55pm, just in time to light the beacon.

Reports of seeing the lights on Goatfell came from far and wide, including from Ben Lomond, a distance of 55 miles as the crow flies.

Torches on, the participants snaked back down Goatfell as they returned from the mountain. Organisers described it as ‘a great evening’ with the walkers accompanied by members the Arran Mountain Rescue Team and their magnificent pipers Ali Hume and Andy Walker, who managed to pipe a few tunes include Auld Lang Syne, despite the wind chill on the summit.

Sponsorship money is still coming in, but a total of £2,778 has been raised so far. This will be all going directly into path repairs on Goatfell and to the Arran Mountain Rescue Team.

Rain which fell earlier in the evening cleared as walkers made their way to the summit
Participants of the Goatfell Torchlight Challenge gather at the summit of the mountain