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Author Topic: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland  (Read 6131 times)

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Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« on: February 01, 2010 »

Has anyone ever been on the hills on the Island of Aran in Scotland. I'm off to the land of the Scots in the summer and thought I might persuade the wife to do a night on Aran so I could do Goat Fell which is 874m. I used to go to Lamlash when I was a kid so it would be awesome to get back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goat_Fell

Anyone ever been?
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010 »

luck sod ;D.... I'd love to go to aran. Take me with you ;)
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2010 »

I'll hide you in the wifes suitcase. (Theres probably no reason that we couldnt organise a group. The spot you get to Aran from is close enough to Stranraer to get the train. You could prop do the first ferry from Belfast be at the mountain mid morning. Climb it, eat battered haggis, camp on Aran, then home again Sunday. As you might have guessed I haven't really thought this out but it still sounds like a plan! :))
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2010 »

I'll hide you in the wifes suitcase. (Theres probably no reason that we couldnt organise a group. The spot you get to Aran from is close enough to Stranraer to get the train. You could prop do the first ferry from Belfast be at the mountain mid morning. Climb it, eat battered haggis, camp on Aran, then home again Sunday. As you might have guessed I haven't really thought this out but it still sounds like a plan! :))

Sounds good.......another trip in the making me thinks ;D
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010 »

battered haggis, reminds me of last time i was in scotland on a course with work and was introduced to black pudding supper lol just a big black pudd battered and dunked in fryer
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010 »

sounds awesome! Trail did a thing on the Islands a few months back and It looked class I'd love to go for a trip.
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2010 »

Yup, been up Goatfell - whatcha want to know?
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010 »

Whats it like, how hard is it?
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2010 »

What's it like? - great! Really nice hill. It's not as big as some of the other Scottish hills, but you do the whole height, from sea level up.

How hard is it? - There's a few routes up it depending on how adventurous you want to be and what the weather conditions are like. The "normal" route is from the brewery on the east side of the island and is relatively easy until you get near the summit when it gets a bit steeper. A better, but much tougher, route is up Glen Rosa to The Saddle. You then walk along to North Goatfell and across Stacach - this is a shortish ridge walk so choose your weather! There are other routes which you can try depending on where you are staying - if you in Sannox, then go up Glen Sannox! This takes you to The Saddle again.

There is a good camp site in Glen Rosa where they let you light your own fires and it's pretty cheap. It's as close as you can get to wild camping without actually wild camping. Don't forget your midge headnet though!
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2010 »

What's it like? - great! Really nice hill. It's not as big as some of the other Scottish hills, but you do the whole height, from sea level up.

How hard is it? - There's a few routes up it depending on how adventurous you want to be and what the weather conditions are like. The "normal" route is from the brewery on the east side of the island and is relatively easy until you get near the summit when it gets a bit steeper. A better, but much tougher, route is up Glen Rosa to The Saddle. You then walk along to North Goatfell and across Stacach - this is a shortish ridge walk so choose your weather! There are other routes which you can try depending on where you are staying - if you in Sannox, then go up Glen Sannox! This takes you to The Saddle again.

There is a good camp site in Glen Rosa where they let you light your own fires and it's pretty cheap. It's as close as you can get to wild camping without actually wild camping. Don't forget your midge headnet though!

Simon your a fab world of knowledge.............!!! ;D  and yes Scottish midge's are in a leauge of there own....!!
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Re: Goat Fell, Isle of Aran, Scotland
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2010 »

Brewery - check, relatively easy summit walk - check, cheap campsite that you can light a fire at - check. Well I'm in - that couldn't get better without bringing a stripper carrying an xbox ::)

What's it like? - great! Really nice hill. It's not as big as some of the other Scottish hills, but you do the whole height, from sea level up.

How hard is it? - There's a few routes up it depending on how adventurous you want to be and what the weather conditions are like. The "normal" route is from the brewery on the east side of the island and is relatively easy until you get near the summit when it gets a bit steeper. A better, but much tougher, route is up Glen Rosa to The Saddle. You then walk along to North Goatfell and across Stacach - this is a shortish ridge walk so choose your weather! There are other routes which you can try depending on where you are staying - if you in Sannox, then go up Glen Sannox! This takes you to The Saddle again.

There is a good camp site in Glen Rosa where they let you light your own fires and it's pretty cheap. It's as close as you can get to wild camping without actually wild camping. Don't forget your midge headnet though!
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