Forrest Mallard - May 13, 2021

Goatfell Summit
Isle of Arran, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Start: Brodick
End: Goatfell Summit
Distance: 10.5 miles (16.8 km)
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous
Surface: Roads, Forest Paths, Moorland


Goatfell Summit 03

A Corbett, in Scottish Highland speak, is any peak with a height of between 2,500 feet (762 m) and 3,000 feet (914 m), with a minimum 500-foot (152-m) prominence. The first list of 221 Corbetts was compiled in i921 by the British climber John Rooke Corbett. Today, the total stands at 449, one of which is Goatfell summit on the northern end of the Isle of Arran.

If you only have a day to spare, it’s possible to catch the Cal Mac ferry from the Scottish mainland, make a reasonably strenuous three-hour ascent from Brodick to the summit, and then head back down again in time to board the afternoon ferry home. An alternative route begins in the exquisite seaside village of Corrie, 6 miles (9.7 km) to the north of Brodick.

The quicker route follows the coastal road through Brodick, while the climb proper begins at Cladach. Waymarked paths at Cnocan tempt you to the left or right of the main path, but keep your eyes straight and continue until you pass through a gateway in an old drystone wall. As you gain altitude, the stands of birch begin to thin out, and you cross a heathery, grassy moorland before a steep gradient takes you to the shoulder of Meall Brac. From there it’s a steep climb through boulders and granite outcrops to the summit, with the entire Isle of Arran squarely at your feet.

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Hi! I'm Forrest Mallard

In 2005, I moved to Quito, Ecuador with $35 in my pocket and a small handful of online clients. Fifteen years and five continents later, there were moments of absolute glamour, as well as a number of brutal rough patches. But I always felt that a horrible day of travel is infinitely more preferable than a great day at the office. Oh the stories I could tell, and I will try to do that here in Tramposaurus Treks. You'll have access to the good times, the horrifying times, and a few well-deserved moments of travel glamour.

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