Day 6 - Lochranza to Sannox
|The Arran Alps|
The weather was again bright and clear, and we were expected high temperatures. After a superb breakfast from out hosts, we were driven back to Lochranza to start the day. We stopped to grab a picture of the so-called Arran Alps; a view of Goatfell and it’s lower siblings from the north. We then started off around Loch Ranza and picked up the northern trail to Hutton’s Unconformity.
|Ex-scientist ponders the Unconformity|
The next section of the walk is extremely difficult to describe - but this time, in a good way. If all walks were like this, everyone would be doing it. The temperature was mid-twenties, with a light sea breeze. The terrain was easy walking, with splendid views across the sea and into the island. We took a break
just before the An Scrior rockfall, and leaned in the shade tossing pebbles into
the sea. I could have stayed there all day, it was bliss.
An Scrior was not as difficult to cross as the rocks around Black Cave, as there was a reasonable path above it, and we soon passed into a verdant coastline. After lunch, the heat and the horseflies both became brutal - we estimate it was 32C in the shade by 3pm. We drank copious amounts of water, but it was never going to be enough in those temperatures, and before we reached the forest just north of Sannox, there was no shade at all. We took a few stops, but the flies were not about to give us any peace, so we soldiered on through some of the remotest parts of Arran.
|It’s 5 miles to the nearest road from here|
I hope you like privacy…
That left one more day, and the big question was still unanswered. Goatfell loomed large on the horizon as the sun was setting….