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It’s mid-May, it’s Arran, so it must be time for Scotland’s premier hill walking and mountaineering festival. This year, as a measure of increasing demand and the popularity of the festival, we have expanded our guided mountain walks programme to a jam packed 21 walks for 161 participants over four days.
The Arran Mountain Festival this year will take place from Friday May 17 to Monday May 20. The festival tag line is; small groups, big walks, huge fun and range of walks, aim to deliver an inclusive festival weekend for all levels of hill and mountaineering abilities. From the ‘easy’ rated whitebeams and wildlife of the Western hills walk (£16) ranging through to the ‘extreme’ rated A’Chir ridge scramble (£55).
But that’s not all. For the first time ever and to demonstrate that organisers are not for resting on their laurels, this year AMF are also offering three guided mountain running events.
The guided running sessions are led by mountaineering instructor and ultra-runner Giles Ruck, with the assistance of a local hill runner. Graded as ‘moderate’ (£16) and ‘challenging’ (£22, £28), the sessions offer friendly expert coaching and are aimed at road or trail runners who’d like to venture into a mountainous environment. Places on the running sessions are still available, please contact our bookings provider Arran Adventure on 01770 303347.
And don’t forget that there is always a reward in store after a great day on the hill, stop a while at the hub to share your tales of your adventures over a cuppa and delicious home baking.
If geology and music float your boat, Arran Geopark’s very own rock doctor is on hand to entertain you on Friday with a free entry geology themed talk at 7.30pm in The Ormidale Hotel in Brodick.
This is followed on Saturday night by the ‘must do’ Arran Mountain Festival Ceilidh in Brodick Hall (Adult £7.50, U16 £5) and is sure to get your kilts swirling. As usual Hooked and Cooked will be on hand to serve up fish and chips to sustain you through the party night. Ceilidh tickets can be obtained at Arran Active or on the door at the event.
So, if you fancy a treat for your feet and some food for the soul, get up, get out, and enjoy Arran’s iconic hills. It promises to be a fabulous weekend which is what our reputation has been built on. See you there.
More information on all events and bookings for the remaining walk spaces are available online on www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk. Or contact Arran Adventure on 01770 303347 for last minute bookings or cancellations.
Fell shoes and mountains on Arran. Photo Michelle Williamson NO_B19mountain01