Arran’s Mountain Festival – Small groups, big walks, huge fun! Community event goes from strength to strength.

10 July 2013

Arran’s Mountain Festival – Small groups, big walks, huge fun!  Community event goes from strength to strength.
Arran's Mountain Festival - Small groups, big walks, huge fun! Community event goes from strength to strength.
This year's Festival, in its seventh year, was an amazing Scottish island-based event across the high hills and ridges. This year the walks, led by expert local guides over the beautiful Arran mountains, were 90% full: a reflection of our good reputation and successful marketing. Over the four days of the Festival walkers could bag all four of the island's Corbetts, learn about Arran's unique whitebeams, climb along the exciting A'Chir mountain ridge with its challenging Bad Step, and enjoy all the wild places that Arran offers. See our Facebook page to read about their experiences: "A lifetime's ambition fulfilled" said one. Another said "I never felt worried or anxious because I felt so confident in their [the leaders] experience, and knowledge."

The Festival has developed a unique character of its own, with a very strong sense of community, enthusiasm and love of the mountains coming across in all the events - day time walks and evening social activities.
In April The Arran Trust presented the Festival with a small grant to assist three people towards their Mountain Leader award. The Festival's full programme of guided walks relies entirely on volunteer leaders with this qualification.  Jo Totty, AMF chair says "Those that receive The Arran Trust scholarship will benefit by gaining a recognised qualification, one that demands financial and time commitment, often taking years, as mountain experience is needed from across Britain." Anyone interested in being selected for one of the three scholarships please contact the festival organisers directly at
The Festival is entirely a community event, with all the organisers being from local establishments or keen individuals. All the walk leaders are volunteers, coming from both the island and beyond. The Festival is very generously supported by a wide range of local businesses that recognise its contribution in bringing visitors to the island and in raising Arran's profile nationally and internationally.
Next year's Festival is 16-19 May 2014.  For more information, please go to our website, Facebook, Twitter or contact us directly at

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