Coire Fhionn Lochan

Coire-Fhionn Lochan

Route: Coire-Fhionn Lochan

Area: Scotland, Isle of Arran

Date of walk: 20th October 2021

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 3.7 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather:  Mixed sun and cloud

Earlier in the morning we’d set off to climb Goatfell, the highest mountain on Arran, but rain set in during the early part of the ascent and we opted to turn back before becoming overly committed to the walk. We decided instead to head away from the mountains in search of better weather, and found some on the west coast. We parked by the sea on one of the roadside spaces at the tiny settlement of Thundergay, where a signpost indicates the way to Coire-Fhionn Lochan. A couple of seals popped up their heads out of the sea and gazed at us inquisitively as we set off

After passing the last of the houses we started the climb up the bracken clad slopes and crossed a ladder stile beside a tall gate in a deer fence. A burn known as Uisge Soluis Mhoir was our constant companion as we continued uphill, featuring a series of waterfalls all of which were in good form following plentiful recent rain. On a couple of occasions we crossed the burn via stepping stones

Eventually we arrived at our destination, Coire-Fhionn Lochan, which has a white gravel beach and is surrounded by impressive mountains. It was a perfect spot to enjoy our picnic, after which we retraced our steps back to the start, enjoying some wonderful sea views along the way

For anyone looking for a longer and more adventurous walk, this route could easily be extended to include the peak of Meall Biorach at 1,898 feet

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