Guided Walking:

on the isle of arran

If you’re not sure where to go; want to venture off the beaten track or just want company for a walk, I can help!

With many years exploring the hills across the country and now living on Arran for the last few years I can help you make the most of your time walking on this beautiful island, whether you want to be in the high mountains, along the coasts or somewhere between. Get in touch with a few details and we can make plans! 

Me

Alastair Howe

Some of my earliest memories are of the mountains and throughout my life I have returned to them, spending every opportunity journeying to Scotland to enjoy the Cuillin of Skye, the remote Assynt landscape, the Knoydart wilderness and the big hills of central Scotland. Intermingled with these trips have been many visits to Snowdonia, the Lake District and further afield. In 2015 I finally moved to Arran to be closer to its exquisite hills. 

An architect by profession, the mountains are my passion. I delight in sharing this and have led groups in the hills for over ten years and gained the nationally recognised Mountain Leader Certificate in 2013. I am also qualified in outdoor first aid. Now living on Arran, I have the opportunity to share the island with others, which I love!

Walks

magnificent scenery

Arran is blessed with magnificent scenery no matter where you go. The walking possibilities are almost endless, with options to suit all interests and levels of fitness. There are the high mountains, the coastline, moors, history and woodland. Rather than offer specific walks, I prefer to discuss your wishes and provide a walk tailored to your wishes, but I’ve listed a few of my favourites below:

To whet your appetite further, a good selection of walks are available on the Walk Highlands website

Goatfell from Corrie

A circular walk climbing through Coire Lan to a saddle with fabulous views of Cir Mhor and the Witches Step. Turning left to North Goatfell and then along the ridge to the top of Goatfell, the highest point on Arran. Return back to Corrie via Meall Breac

Devil’s Punchbowl

A circuit - Starting from Sannox, ascending directly up the steep face of Cioch na h-Oighe to the summit of Mullach Buidhe with fabulous views across to the mainland and up to Jura and beyond. Returning back round the opposite side of the punchbowl or continuing to Goatfell and then down to Brodick Castle. 

The Three Beinn’s 

A classic horseshoe whichever way you go, taking in the summits of the three Beinns: a Chliabhain, Tarsuinn and Nuis; seeing the Old Man of Tarsuinn; a second world war aircraft crash site; Pagoda Ridge on which rock climbers can often be seen and crossing Coire a Bhradain where Eagles and Adders can be spotted!

Booking

If you would like to make a booking please contact me with an idea of the length and type of walk you might like to do and the date's - bearing in mind weather.  I will be in touch to discuss possibilities.

Once we have agreed an itinery, all participants on a walk must complete a booking form, which I will email to you. I can only take people under 18 years if they are with a parent or guardian who must counter sign their forms. The completed forms need to be returned by email or arrive by post with me before the event. In completing the booking form, you will acknowledge the Mountaineering Scotland  Participation Statement: Mountaineering Scotland recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.  While I will make every effort to mitigate the risks inherent in walking in the hills, they cannot be removed entirely and I therefore recommend that you take out suitable insurance that covers hill walking

If weather conditions are too bad, plans may need to be changed for safety reasons. Extremely rarely they may need to be cancelled. If this is the case we can either agree an alternative date or, if cancelled before the day, a refund can be given.

Payment in full must be made before setting off and can be done electronically by internet banking or cash payment can be made before we set off. Rates are £140 per day or £50 per person for groups of three to a maximum of six.

The level of personal fitness required depends on the walk we plan and I am happy to discuss this and your previous experience with you when you book. My aim will always be to provide an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

I may provide a specific kit list once we have agreed an itinery, but in any event you should bring food and drink for the day which should include a good packed lunch plus cereal bars, chocolate, fruit and something for emergencies. I prefer water to drink, but bring what you like (except alcohol!) 1-2 litres are usually sufficient, I am happy to refill my water supply from mountain sources, if you aren’t happy with this, bring closer to 2 litres but bear in mind every litre is an additional kilo to carry! As for clothing, you should wear a wicking base layer, not cotton and walking trousers or track suit, not jeans. You should also have a fleece or warm jumper plus a spare, a water proof jacket and trousers, warm / sun hat (you never know!), gloves and not least, sturdy boots and a good pair of socks. You will also need a rucksack to carry everything which will probably be at least 25 litres, ideally with a waterproof liner / bag to keep spare clothing dry, any personal medication, an emergency whistle torch and maybe sunglasses! There’s a good article on kit on the Mountaineering Scotland website: https://www.mountaineering.scot/activities/hillwalking/getting-started/essential-kit 

Contact

Please drop me a line on the form below 
or call or text 07973 531412 and we can make plans!

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