Goat Fell

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Goat Fell
Gaoda Bheinn
Goatfell from Brodick Harbour.jpg
Goat Fell as seen from Brodick harbour
Elevation 874 m (2,867 ft)
Prominence 874 m (2,867 ft)Ranked 16th in British Isles
Parent peak none - HP Arran
Listing Corbett, Marilyn, Hardy, council top (North Ayrshire), county top (Bute)
Location
Goat Fell is located in North Ayrshire
Goat Fell
Goat Fell
Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, Scotland
OS grid NR991415
Coordinates 55°37′33.5″N 5°11′26″W / 55.625972°N 5.19056°W / 55.625972; -5.19056Coordinates: 55°37′33.5″N 5°11′26″W / 55.625972°N 5.19056°W / 55.625972; -5.19056
Topo map OS Explorer 361; Landrangers 62, 69

Goat Fell (marked as Goatfell by the Ordnance Survey; Scottish Gaelic: Gaoda Bheinn) is the highest point on the Isle of Arran. At 874 metres (2,866 ft), it is one of four Corbetts on the island. The mountain, along with nearby Brodick Castle, is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

The mountain was originally called 'Goat' as it had one goat living on the very top of it. However, on the 13th of September 1963 the goat was found dead at the bottom. It was later discovered that due to icy conditions the goat had lost it's balance and sadly fell off the mountain. Since that sad day in 1963 the mountain has now been called goat fell.

Ascent[edit]

Due to the popularity of "Scotland in miniature" (Arran), Goat Fell is a very popular peak and there are many possible routes of ascent, some of which may be combined with visits to the summits of other nearby peaks. The most commonly used route, a constructed path of just over 3 miles (5 km) in length, starts from near Brodick Castle in Cladach. Initially the path leads up through the forested grounds of the castle, passing many rhododendron bushes. At just under 1,000 ft (300 m) above sea level the path leaves the forestry, and the route continues through bare moorland, reaching the summit by way of the east ridge of the mountain. There is a viewpoint table at the summit: on a clear day Ireland may be seen.

Goatfell summit on a clear day.

An alternative shorter and steeper route comes up from the village of Corrie. This route joins the main path on the east ridge. Goat Fell may also be climbed from the north, where it is linked by a ridge to the subsidiary top of North Goatfell, a point from which three ridges radiate. In addition to the ridge leading south to the main summit, there is a ridge heading northeast, providing some very easy scrambling as it passes over Cìoch na h-Òighe (the Young Maiden's Breast). Finally, the western ridge drops down to a bealach known as The Saddle, before climbing again towards the summit of Cìr Mhòr. The right-of-way between Glen Rosa and Glen Sannox passes over The Saddle.

It is also the historical scene of a murder that caused national controversy in July 1889 when John Laurie was convicted of killing Edwin Rose.[1]

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