A Mountain Festival on a Scottish Island

STORY BY Patrick 3rd March 2017

The Isle of Arran’s unique Mountain Festival will be staged this May with a choice of guided hikes rated from ‘easy’ to ‘extreme’ staged over four days.

Most walks start around 8-9 am and are scheduled to last for 8 to 9 hours.  Participants can sign up for as few or as many as they like with all but one of the individual hikes priced at £15 – 20.

The one exception is the one hike marked as ‘extreme,’ the A’chir Ridge Scramble, Arran Mountain Festival’s signature walk, which  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 organisers say.

This walk may involve rope work, abseiling and other challenges so is not for the inexperienced.

The festival runs from Friday 19th to Monday 22nd May 2017 and also includes several night time hikes – although the night is short at that latitude in late spring.

More information and online booking via: www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk

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