Date: Monday 4th June 2012
Having spent the weekend based in Girvan with dry but often overcast weather we headed for the islands on Sunday night – crossing to Arran.
Wild-camped near Imachar Point on the west coast of Arran (with a fairly vile midge load). Up at a reasonable hour to park up at Pirnmill for the ascent of Mullach Buidhe. The hill track is sign-posted from the parking area at NR 872 442, following a farm track 200m to NR 875 442 where the hill track wends up through some birch wood to the Graham.
It’s a beautiful area of mixed woods with an attractive Allt. Cuckoos were still sounding off, dominating the soundscape.
Once a few hundred metres are ascended the bulk of the hill-group becomes visible.
We crossed the Allt Ghobhlach at around NR 886 439 to head for the arm on the west side of Coire Roinn. The arm on the east of the coire looks rather sporting.
As you gain height Jura emerges over the Kintyre peninsula.
This ridge is esay going and a simple ascent, eventually the views expand.
We took a break at the summit here – hunkered out of the breeze and enjoyed the vistas.
Roused ourselves for the brief wander over to the highest point with a 70m drop and re-ascend. The stone shapes of Arran are often a bit dreamy.
Nice views to the Corbett group too.
From the summit we decided to drop NE and ascend Beinn Bhreac. We were entertained by a group of ravens – adolescents I think given the frivolity of activity.
After a 100m re-ascent we had a good view of the high point.
And continued views of the corbetts.
Headed N to the next bealach and then dropped SE back towards Allt Ghobhlach. A bit of an amphitheatre here in the arms of the hill.
With dry conditions the progress across the bog was easy getting us back to the 250m lip above Pirnmill.
The sun had lit up the approaches to good effect with water, ferns and hill.
An attractive descent.
Back at the car we headed up to Lochranza to catch the Claonaig Ferry. A short hop across to Kintyre with developing views of Arran.
Pitched up at our accommodation near Tarbert on a gorgeous sunny evening. A pint of beer and a snooze in the sun. A cracking day.