Report on 3 Beinns in Arran
23 March 2012
Today's Craggys - Maureen, Irene and Michael
As the weather forecast was good, Maureen suggested we head to Arran with our bikes and climb the Three Beinns. It was Friday and as Irene and Michael were on annual leave it seemed a better alternative than work!
We caught the 9:45am ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick. We cycled up the Glen Rosa track until we reached the wooden bridge where we chained them up. The path to the Beinn Nuis followed the Garbh Allt then over a small gorge and up the grassy faint track towards Beinn Nuis. The cloud level was low and soon we lost the views down Glen Rosa. There was a working party of the National Trust repairing a new path near the summit and they said they had the best job in the world. Who could argue with that? It was cold at the summit of Beinn Nuis so we didn't wait long.
Onward to Beinn Tarsuinn continually looking out for the Old Man as Maureen and I missed him the last time. Then by chance, I looked to my right and lo and behold there he was, the Old Man of Tarsuinn. Maureen had walked right passed him! So after some photos we headed off to the short walk to the summit of Beinn Tarsuinn still shrouded in clouds.
Descending down to the bealach was a bit of a challenge trying to find the right route. We then took the path to Beinn a' Chliabhain and the clouds started to lift. We could clearly see the a'Chir Ridge and Nuis and Tarsiunn started to appear. Further along the ridge we enjoyed a lengthy rest and by this time it was 4:30pm. We eventually got back to our bikes on the bridge at 5:15pm for the bumpy ride along the track to the campsite. Maureen fell off her bike but luckily was unhurt. Just before the campsite the track became a road and the we were able to gain speed.
I seemed in no time we were back in Brodick for a well earned drink at the Ormidale before the 7:20pm ferry home. A good day was had by all and we all agreed that Glen Rosa is best tackled by bike to avoid that never ending walk at the end of a long day.