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This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
874 m (2867 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
58 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Goat hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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  69   Isle of Arran

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Arran's 4 Corbetts are sufficiently close to one another to be climbed together, but Goatfell is popular as a single peak and is described separately.

Goatfell rises steeply to the E of Glen Rosa, forming a single straight wall but for one hanging corrie, Dearg Choirein (small red corrie), and there are crags along the upper slopes. To the E there are easier slopes in the four corries, and on the ridges that separate them, which provide ascent routes from the E and the S.

Goatfell has three main peaks, Goatfell (874m) and North Goatfell (818m) which are connected by the pinnacled Stacach Ridge, and Mullach Buidhe (819m) to the N. A ridge walk between the three peaks is possible, the only difficulty being the pinnacles on the Stacach ridge but it is possible to skirt round these.

Hazards you may encounter on Goatfell include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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 Routes that include Goatfell
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 840 m 9.12 km 3.5 hrs Goatfell  An easy and popular ascent on well trodden paths.  

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Thanks Marie for treating me to a wonderful birthday weekend on the Isle of Arran. I might not look too happy in this picture but that's only because of the hangover from the previous night's Arran ale session! XXXX

© Gavin White

Image by Gavin White

James taking photo of Eileen taking photo from Goatfell Summit. 21/04/2015

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

James at the summit 21/04/2015

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Jorja bracing herself against the "breeze" on Goat Fell. April 2014.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair
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James Corrigan
wrote on
August 30, 2013
Weekend. Isle of Arran (Scotland in Miniature) Best way to climb any or all of the hills in this superb range is from Glen Rosa.Walk along B880 to Blackwaterfoot. Take a right to Glen Rosa Farm.There is a large campsite here, a handy base for spending a weekend doing these hills or take your choice on the hills if weather is favorable.This is the home of The Adder.Spotted a few near the edge of the land rover track going up the Glen.Taking the long walk up the Glen and to the steep incline up to The Saddle.Cir Mhor looks amazingly steep from here and it is! The infamous Witches Step is visible and it looks just as scary as being on it.Further on to the East there is sharp peaks and troughs and you will be scrambling towards North Goatfell.Stacath ridge is next. Further hand to rock up to N Goatfell. Test of your fear of heights is now on. Some drops here to take your breath away.A mangle of large Granite slabs and boulders takes you to the summit.Return by Coire nam Meann.Tourist route
Kevin Woods
wrote on
October 23, 2008
Going from Brodick, I found it hard to locate the start. I eventually found it beside the small outdoor shop at Cladach, curving off upwards with a small but easily missable sign. Once on the track, the ascent is comparable to Ben Lomonds 'tourist' route. Bypass paths exist on all the northern pinnacles. The descent to The Saddle from North Goatfell is brilliant, and easy scrambling all the way. If descending to Sannox, try picking up a path out of Coire na Ciche - we lost it and ended the day over very rough ground. Yet this great hill offers excellent sea views and of surrounding summits.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
September 24, 2006
My first ever hill - I had tried the previous year, only to be forced back by the weather. A very pleasent climb with stunning views at the top.

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