Sunny day in Arran. Y’ cannae beat that! (Scottish slang for you can’t beat that).
We parked the car at Ardrossan ferry terminal and got our tickets. The trip to Arran back and forth costs £7.50 per person (You can take your bike too, it’s free of charge).
Day 1: We walked from the ferry terminal to Glen Rosa through The Fishermen walk. We camped in a semi-wild campsite that provides almost nothing except toilets. However, the views and nature are overwhelming and worth the experience. We pitched the tent in the morning, a.k.a got rid of the weight, and started hiking.
Our initial plan was to climb mount Goatfell, we took the wrong turn and ended up summiting A’Chir and had one kind of a descent! Reputable mountaineering websites said: “A’Chir has been described as possibly the finest island ridge traverse outside Skye! If you love scrambling and have a head for heights, this is the walk for you! The A’Chir ridge is a superb mountain, easily providing the most exciting and challenging ridge traverse on Arran short of actual rock climbing routes. However, it is not to be underestimated: This walk will expose you to vertical drops, down-climbing, rope work and maybe some abseiling.” Yes you just read that. We surely didn’t know any of this before we climbed it. We had no ropes nor helmets. We crawled a few times and carried our terrified dog many times! We pushed to the limits and did it with bruises and scratches. However, I don’t recommend climbing it if you aren’t ready and ain’t got the skills.
Day 2: After an eventful day, we kept our feet on the ground and enjoyed some hillwalking, had some good old ice cream and soaked in the fine nature.
Things you can do in the Isle of Arran:
Cycle around the island- 90Km
Loads of hiking/ walking paths
Climb mountains (Goatfell is the highest in the island)