Hiking Goatfell – Map the Route
A hugely popular hike on the Isle of Arran, Goatfell brings visitors far and wide to this most-accessible of Scottish Isles. Within two hours of Glasgow (less than one hour ferry crossing to Brodick), the walk delivers fabulous views over most of the island and back towards the west coast mainland. You can walk to the starting point at Arran Brewery from Brodick harbour, or jump a bus from the town. There is also parking at the Brewery.
Height: 874 metres (2867 feet). Making it a Corbett.
Time Taken: Around 4-4.5 hours return.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Occasional steep stretches and some rock climbing over some huge boulders but not an overly challenging hike. Starting at Arran Brewery and going through a forested area, the route is relatively well signed and clear throughout. You approach the obvious peak from the right and follow the obvious path. Visibility will be greatly enhanced on a clear day.
Goatfell Hiking Map
You can trace the full route in the interactive map below. Zoom in and out as needed and, to help guide you further, this map is built with geolocation incorporated into it. That means when you are physically there, you can use your mobile device to see where you are in relation to the route. Please note that your real time location marker may not be exact 100% of the time and is at the mercy of Google geolocation. Phone signal and connectivity is available for most of the route. You will also need to allow Location Services on your device for it to work – same as you would for a Google Map. Therefore, a good, old-fashioned map is still advisable for all rural walking routes.
Using the Map
Take note of the icons running vertically on the left of the map. From top to bottom you can:
- Zoom in and out of the map.
- Make the map fullscreen on your device (the ‘broken square’ icon).
- See where you are by geolocation (the ‘pin’ icon). You can switch this on and off with one press. Note my above points about geolocation and that geolocation can never be 100% accurate.
- Return the map to its starting position (the ‘house’ icon). Click this to reset the map if you encounter errors.
The map format has been pre-set to Terrain so as to include helpful contour lines specifically. You can, though, change the map appearance via the icon in the top right eg. to Google roadmap.