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This year saw the 12th Arran Mountain Festival continue to be as popular as ever, with the increased diversity in the walks programme attracting 93 per cent of bookings being made prior to the festival weekend.
As ever, the philosophy of the festival remains focused on ‘small groups, great walks, huge fun’ and this year by careful planning, selection and support they were able to offer 20 walks for 156 participants. The quality and diversity of walks on offer ensured that they maintained the high standards of walker experience that the festival is renowned for.
In addition to the walks programme the festival also provided mountain themed events for visitors which included an art exhibition and guest speakers of the written and spoken word in an evening of poetry, recitals and anecdotes. And once again the Brodick Village Hall was jam packed on the Saturday night as the Arranach Ceilidh Band attracted walkers, visitors and locals alike.
Festival committee chairman Jackie Kemp said: ‘It’s clear that the Arran Mountain Festival is truly established as a fabulous weekend in the Arran events diary.
‘It is important to highlight that the festival is an entirely community-run event, organised by a front line committee of volunteers, to which the festival is forever grateful. Further thanks must also go to all the local businesses and individuals who support us in many ways including raffle donations, accommodation support, sponsorship, and home baking.
‘However, the festival is only possible due to the dedicated, qualified and experienced volunteer walk leaders who, year after year, continue to donate their time and expertise. Many thanks to you all, and just a note that we are already planning for the 2019 festival from May 17 to 20. We look forward to seeing you there.’
Further information on this year’s festival and the 2019 event is available at www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk or on their Facebook page.
Three local participants Lois Bell, Hannah Taylor and Laura Hemming at the Old Man of Tarsuinn. No_B23mountain01
Walkers and visitors dance the night away at the Brodick Village Hall. Photo Jackie Kemp. No_B23mountain02