Climbing Goatfell on Arran

From the house I’m staying in in West Kilbride, Scotland we can see the Isle of Arran on most days (see previous post). It is a fairly large island, the seventh largest in Scotland. The island has both plains and hills and the highest peak of the island is Goatfell with its 2866 ft (874 m). So as I was feeling quite adventurous I decided to climb it and brought a friend along. It was definitely worth it although we hadn’t quite anticipated it would involve a 6 hour hike with quite steep sections. So here follows the journey to Isle of Arran from two weeks ago.

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South of West Kilbride is Ardrossen where the ferry would take us to Arran. Here is the coastline of the little town.

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The ferry from Ardrossen takes about an hour across, here the coastline of Ayrshire.

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About to arrive in Brodick and getting a closer view of Goatfell.

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Getting off the bus closer to the top we saw this cute little cottage.

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The heather was in full bloom. And looking back we start to see the breathtaking view of the sea!

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Clear water that made for some really good drinking water. Here we stopped to eat our packed lunch.

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Looking back again, the shore of Ayrshire looks very far away now.

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Looking ahead!

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As we reached the ridge we could get the first glimpse over the western side of Arran and the beautiful rough hills!

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Beautiful flowers!

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We have reached the top!

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Looking down towards Brodick and realising there was no wawy we would make it on time to the ferry…

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Beautiful green hills with the faint colour of blooming heather! Our God is a great God!

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Feeling quite proud of myself for doing this. But I’m also filled with such gratitude to my Father who is spoiling me on this trip and the privilege of getting to see all this beauty!

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Starting the decent back down, this time straight to Brodick.

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After six hours we are hungry and tired but no wonder, looking back at where we came from.

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Back in Brodick! Here we bought a few sandwiches at the Co-op and sat by the seashore looking out over Goatfell one last time from on the island before catching the ferry back home.

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Since we missed the ferry for 16.40 (we only got to Brodick at 18.00) the sun was setting behind Arran as we returned (taking the 19.20 ferry). It only got more and more beautiful!

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P1110971bWe arrived home in West Kilbride just in time for a good night’s sleep at 22.00!

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