Log 2 June 2012

ARRAN 2 JUNE 2012
 
Fraser, Kevin and Malcolm caught the 09:45 ferry to Brodick, then  bus to the Goatfell path at Corrie.
Fraser wanted a short circuit over Goatfell, Malcolm a longer one over Cioch na h'Oighe; so a compromise saw us leaving the track to climb the nose of Am Binnein.
This imposing pile of rock was, in fact, ascended easily by threading an intricate route through the mass of giant granite boulders and slabs to reach the summit, unexpectedly crowned by a scaffold-pole cross ( http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1268049 ).
After our first stop (of many) to admire the views, we ambled in the pleasantly cool breeze over Mullach Buidhe, North Goatfell and on to GOAT FELL, enjoying some mild scrambling over the the rock tors (the pinnacles) dotting the ridge.
The views from Goatfell are, of course, some of the best in Scotland, and enticed us to linger a while before heading down to Brodick Castle and the Wineport, where pints of Arran ales were downed in the sunshine.
After a leisurely stroll along the shore to Brodick, we enjoyed fish-suppers on the pier before catching the 19:30 ferry home. An outstanding day.
Report by Malcolm Hodgins