Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club
1949 – 2017 : 68 Years on the Scottish Mountains

Arran Lochranza Hostel

07 Sep 2018 - 09 Sep 2018

It was hard getting onto Arran and just as hard to get off, due to road closures and train and ferry cancellations etc. The meet was attended by 10 members and one guest. With Roland, the barking dog and Lara, it all made for a fun filled meet.

Alan, Lawrie, Janet, Lindsay, Jim, Vania and Dave arrived Friday on the same ferry and all stayed at the Lochranza Hostel. Trish and Richard came over on the small ferry from Claonaig later on the Friday and were staying at Lochranza campsite. Phil and JoJo were last to arrive late on Friday, Phil camping at the Lochranza campsite (being entertained by the Farting Stags) and JoJo camping further up Glen Rosa. A birthday cake was enjoyed as we discussed the next days plans.

Saturday walks. Dave, Alan, Lawrie, Janet, Phil, Lindsay, Vania, Jim all set out from Pirnmill for Beinn Bharrain and Mullach Buidhe circuit to Thunderguy. The weather was wet and visibility not that great. Had one person suggested calling it a day we would of gladly went to the coffee shop. Thankfully no one did, the weather turned in our favour and it was the most enjoyable day. We had a nice stop at the Lochan shore and met some guy called Larie writing his name in the sand. Bramble picking on the way back, only those passing quality control made it in the bag. Sitting on the bench without a care in world waiting on Lawrie and Vania coming along in the cars to collect us. We even had a nice wee sing song. You wouldn’t get any of this on a Rabbies tour.

Trish and Richard went for Goatfell from the brewery at Brodick.

JoJo went for Goatfell from Glen Rosa, round the ridge to Cir Mhor past A'Chir and onto Beinn Tarsuinn and Beinn Nuis. 

Scot joined us at the Hostel on Saturday. We had two chocolate cakes on Saturday night celebrating birthday just past and birthday to come. 

Trish and Richard went back on the Ferry to Claonaig on Sunday.

Sunday walks. Dave went from Lochranza, Laggan cottage, Cock of Arran, Fairy Dell back to Lochranza.

Alan, Janet, Lawrie, Lindsay, Phil , Vania, Jim, Scot went for Goatfell from the Brewery at Brodick. It was another day of two halves. The morning was wet and windy and the afternoon was lovely. We treated ourselves to coffee, cake and scones in the Little Rock at Brodick.

JoJo enjoyed some coastal walks from Blackwaterfoot North along the coast, berry picking along the way. Having a wash in the sea at Kings Cave.

Alan and JoJo were to leave on Sunday night on the 1640 ferry to Ardrossan from Brodick. Due to a ferry being stuck at Ardrossan they didn’t leave Arran until about 1800 and were taken to Gourock. Alan was bused to Ardrossan and JoJo caught the train to Glasgow.

Due to lots of cancellations on the ferry we all changed our plans and got off Arran early on the Monday using both the ferries.

Another enjoyable meet. See you all in October at Morvich.