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Cir Mhor from Mid Sannox

A leisurely walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Ayrshire, Scotland, about 11.86km (7.37 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 777m (2549ft)
Loss 769m (2522ft)
Max. Elevation 830m (2723ft)
Elevation (total) 1546m (5071ft)
Start & End
Mid Sannox
Distance 11.86km
Duration ~4:45
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 03 Sep 2008
The Isle of Arran has several excellent walks, especially in the rugged peaks and ridges in the mountainous centre of the island. Cir Mhor is one of the most rewarding routes. Note that part of this route - the Witch's Step - is a challenging scramble. The walk can be reached from the little cluster of hamlets known collectively as Sannox. Arran is well served by buses, which travel all around the island. Most services start from the port of Brodick, the main entry point to the island.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid NS016453
The walks starts in the small hamlet of Mid Sannox, on the bus route around the north of Arran. Take the track opposite the car park and cross the river at the footbridge.
Cnocan Donna About 2.40 km (~1.49 miles) from
OS Grid NR993461
Follow the walls next to the footbridge and head uphill to Cnocan Donna. Look for the path heading onto the ridge, towards Suidhe Fhearghas.
The Witch's Step About 2.40 km (~1.49 miles) from
OS Grid NR976444
From Suidhe Fhearghas, follow the ridge to Ceum na Caillich - also known as the Witch's Step. This is a very tricky bit of scrambling, especially heading down. An easier path round can be found just to the north of the main drop.
Casiteal Abhail About 0.80 km (~0.5 miles) from
OS Grid NR968443
The path follows the ridge to Caisteal Abhail, the highest point of the walk at 847m.
Cir Mhor About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
OS Grid NR973432
The ridge continues past Portcullis Buttress and onto the summit of Cir Mhor. From here there are great views along the ridges to Goatfell and Beinn Tarsuinn - Scotland in minature, like they say on the tourist brochures!
The Saddle About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
OS Grid NR979430
From Cir Mhor summit, take the path heading southeast towards Goatfell. After about 600m, there is a path dropping down into the Glen Sannox valley.
Glen Sannox About 0.71 km (~0.44 miles) from
OS Grid NR984436
The path meets the Sannox Burn, and takes you back to Mid Sannox.
Back to Mid Sannox About 3.64 km (~2.26 miles) from
OS Grid NS016452
From here you can pick up the bus to wherever you are staying - there is also accomodation dotted around Sannox. If you have some time, there is a good pub in the Sannox Bay Hotel.

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