The Isle of Arran: Goatfell

A bright day provided the perfect opportunity to walk to the summit of Goatfell, one of the most distinctive summits on Arran.

Above: Granite blocks on the path to Goatfell, with Brodick and Holy Island in the distance (Photo: Aaron Watson)

 

Above: Animated patches of sunlight crossing the ridges of Goatfell (Photos: Aaron Watson)

 

Above: The fractured granite creates the appearance of a vast and ruined monument (Photos: Aaron Watson)

 
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Above: Ravens circle the summit of Goatfell (Photos: Aaron Watson)

 

On the steep slope which fall away to the west of the summit is another possible source of pitchstone. I search the area, but find no pieces to confirm that I am in the right location. Similar to the outcropping on Beinn Tarsuinn, the setting is spectacular: precisely the kind of place I would expect Neolithic people to have explored.

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Above: A panoramic view across the slopes where pitchstone has been geologically provenance (Photo: Aaron Watson)

 

Above: A short film featuring the summit of Goatfell (Video: Aaron Watson)