Where: Cir Mhor, Isle of Arran
Who: I Parker
Why: Good weather so a day out
The image below is of the Arran ferry
Isle of Arran loading at Ardrossan.
It costs about £7 per person for a day
return, about £30 per return per car.
There is a large inexpensive car park at the
terminal where you can park your car. If you
are traveling by car at weekends or on school
holidays, best to pre-book, as the ferry is
often fully booked then.
Ardrossan Train Station is situated about
half of a mile south of the ferry terminal.
You can buy train/ferry tickets at a
The first larger ferry departs Ardrossan
at about 07.00 and the next at 09.45.
Afternoon ferries departing Brodick are about
16.40 and 19.20. There is also a smaller
ferry that runs in summer, doubling the
number of crossings available. Price checks
and timetables for the ferry can be found at
the ferry website:
The image below is from the ferry arriving
at Brodick, about 50 minutes crossing
The bus station is situated next to the
ferry terminal. Buses run north to Cladach,
Corrie, Sannox, Lochranza, and round to
Blackwaterfoot about 10:55 . 13:40 . 16:20 .
19:05. Check times Tel - 0141 332 6811. These
buses normally depart about 5 minutes after
the large ferry has docked. There does not
seem to be any buses for the first ferry.
A.R.C. Private Hire are based in Brodick
with prices for up to 4 people of ABOUT
£5 between Brodick and Cladach, £10
between Brodick and Corrie, and £15
between Brodick and Sannox. Tel: 0777 608
The large brown building across from the
terminal is the Douglas Hotel with a
popular beer garden, ideal when waiting on
the ferry back.
The image below is of from a car park and
bus stop at the north side of Sannox village,
about 8 miles north of Brodick. The path on
the left side of the cottage leads to Glen
Sannox, that leads down to The Saddler at the
foot of the 2,621ft Cir Mhor mountain. This
is the shortest way to Cir Mhor.
I have not hiked to the top of Cir Mhor
yet, but have good images of the routes to
the top, as seen below. Cir Mhor is in the
middle of the mountains, so not the easiest
to get to. It is often referred to as the
Materhorn of Arran. Best to try and hike this
mountain in clear weather.
The image below shows the Goat Fell range
to the left, and Casteal Abhail range to the
right. Cir Mhor is down the valley between
the two ranges.
The image below is from the north side of
the 2,867ft Goat Fell mountain, looking west
to Cir Mhor.
The Glen Sannox trail leads down to The
Saddle, with the north side of The Saddle
being real steep hiking up to just under
1,500ft. A sections on the north side of The
Saddle is named The Chimney.
It is then about 1,100ft from the top of
The Saddle to the top of Cir Mhor, again real
You can also hike up Glen Rosa from
Brodick up to The Saddle, then Cir Mhor. The
saddle is not quite as steep from the Glen
You can also hike over from Goat Fell
which is a long hike.
The steadiest way to Hike Cir Mhor is
probably from the north, on the Casteal
Abhail route, as seen in the next
Goat Fell Photo Tour
The image below is of the the route over
to Cir Mhor from the 2,818ft Casteal Abhail
mountain. This is probably the least steep
route to Cir Mhor, although the final section
from this side is steep as well. Saw some
teenagers return from Cir Mhor wearing
shorts, some with messed up knees, must have
been partaking in some tough scrambling.
The northeast route up Casteal Abhail to
this spot is fairly straight forward, a
Casteal Abhail Photo Tour
The Cir Mhor Map below shows the main
routes onto the mountain. The Green and
Yellow dots show the fairly safe northwest
ridge route. The Green and Brown, and Green
and Red dots, show the more dangerous routes.
The Witches Step is normally regarded as the
most dangerous section of all the mountain
trails on the Island of Arran.
Range OS Map.
The hike to Cir Mhor will be fairly
dangerous from any route, so should only be
tackled by seasoned hikers, preferably in
Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map
and Compass on these hikes, and know how to
use them, as in cloud, these mountains can be
deadly. In Winter, make sure you have
Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use
For information on Corrie, Sannox and
Lochranza, visit the Tour of Arran