It’s that time of year when we all think about making resolutions. Well how about resolving to head to Arran for the first time if you’ve always fancied it, or returning back to this glorious island if you’ve already been before? I go across every year and one of my New Year resolutions is always to return back doon the watter to this magical isle.
I can think of myriad reasons to sail across to Arran and I thoroughly encourage you to. As a travel writer I’ve been to over 100 countries and there are many reasons I now bring my own family across, as my own parents once did with me. Here are 7 things you can resolve to do on Arran in 2023.
1. Resolve to get to the top of Goatfell – Arran’s highest mountain for me is as stunning as any of Scotland’s Munro mountains. It soars 874m from sea level. So it’s quite a tough yomp up that some Arran locals I know have never even managed. I won’t name names! A popular way of doing it is coming across for the day to tackle Goatfell, but I recommend being less time pressured and staying overnight. The main ‘tourist route’ is what most people take, but you can mix it up by coming from or descending to Corrie. Or add in North Goatfell if you’ve got experience of scrambling. As with all hill walking take the right gear, check the weather and tell someone when you’ll be back whichever option you choose.