Wednesday, 13 May 2015


What do you do when you don’t lead walks for the Arran Mountain Festival?
I work at the Arran Outdoor Education Centre in Lamlash, play football for the worst team in Europe (Northend Thistle) and play guitar to the same standard as my football.

Why do you volunteer as an Arran Mountain Festival walk leader?

I enjoy being part of the team with the other volunteers, I enjoy meeting and chatting to people on the walks, if I wasn’t a leader I would go as a participant.

Tell us about a favourite mountain moment.

Walking along the A’Chir ridge with a friend. We were quicker than we thought we would be and decided to go onto the Witch’s Step despite both being booked on the ferry, after a great day in the hills I loved running down into Glen Sannox. We needed the first car to stop so we could hitch a ride to the ferry. This being Arran of course the first car stopped and we made the ferry,…just.

What is your favourite Arran walk?

From Sannox up Cioch na h-Oighe and along the ridge to Goatfell and down into Brodick.

Which piece of kit would you not head into the hills without?

A good quality pair of socks.

What is your favourite breakfast before a long day out in the mountains?

Big mug of milky weak tea, glass of orange juice and some muesli with a banana chopped up into it.
Andy is leading Friday's Witch's Step & Castles walk.

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