Belles make night climb of Goatfell

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Last weekend eight members of the Arran Belles cycling club met to take part in a very different challenge.

Armed with torches, and led by Belle Annie Lloyd, they met at Cladach at 1am on Saturday June 30 and set forth by moonlight to climb Goatfell and witness the sunrise.

Janice Small takes up the story: ‘The night was warm but became colder the higher wee climbed. We reached the summit in plenty time for sunrise at  4.41am. We were greeted by a stunning vista of low cloud base with the surrounding mountains surging through, Absolutely stunning. In the peace and quiet the sun slowly rose bathing us all in warm sunlight, we toasted each other and another beautiful day.

‘The troubles of the world seemed so far away. After a challenging descent we headed for Auchrannie Cruize and a very welcome breakfast. We all agreed it had been a very special moment.’

The Arran Belles at the top of Goatfell. Left to right: Shona Hume, Annie Lloyd, Sue Berry, Toni Mackenzie,Janice Small, Fiona Carswell, Carol Boag and Isla Murchie. NO_B27belles01

Three of the Belles make their way down in the daylight. NO_27belles02

The Belles with their head torches prepare for their night climb. NO_B27belles03

The ladies enjoyed a toast high above the clouds. NO_27belles04