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September 12, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - September 14, 2014 @ 5:00 pm£36
A weekend enjoying some of Arran’s fantastic trails staying at the NTS bunkhouse at Brodick Castle.
Logistics / Accommodation
The plan is to meet up in Ardrossan and get the 6pm ferry over to Brodick (there is a later ferry at 8pm for those that can’t get away early). The idea is to leave the cars in Ardrossan as the ferry is pricey for cars. The hostel is only a couple of miles ride from the ferry, so only take the essentials. There is co-op on route to pick up food and drink. The plan would be to get the 1640 ferry back in the Sunday, or the earlier one if you need to be back.
We will be staying at the 14 bed National Trust for Scotland (NTS) hostel at Brodick Castle. It’s a nice hostel with good facilities and plenty of space. The cost if £18ppn so £36 total.
There is a lot of good riding on Arran, and most of it accessible from Brodick. The terrain is very varied and it can be quite technical in places so a reasonable level of fitness and bike handling are recommended. That said, there are options to cut most of the bigger loops and there are some easier rides starting from Brodick. If you’re unsure please ask.
Some possible rides on Arran:
The “classic loop”. A big ride taking in some of the best riding to the south if Brodick. Highlights include the spectacular Glenashdale Falls and the descent to Clauchland Point (see pic below).
Cock of Arran – spectacular views following the coastline around the north of the Island.
Goatfell – Drag the bike up and bash down. Also other hike-a-bike options like Glen Rosa and The Saddle.
Booking a place
14 (Update: 18 places now available) places available in the hostel on a “first come first served” basis for paid up club members. To book at place please email me or post up on the calender entry.
Update: The deposit has been paid. The NTS require full payment by the end of June so I’m starting to chase people up now.
It would also be possible to come over for a day if you can’t manage the whole day, but it would involve getting the early ferry.