Magic of the moun­tain fes­ti­val

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This year saw the 12th Ar­ran Moun­tain Fes­ti­val con­tinue to be as pop­u­lar as ever, with the in­creased di­ver­sity in the walks pro­gramme at­tract­ing 93 per cent of book­ings be­ing made prior to the fes­ti­val week­end.

As ever, the phi­los­o­phy of the fes­ti­val re­mains fo­cused on ‘small groups, great walks, huge fun’ and this year, by care­ful plan­ning, se­lec­tion and sup­port, they were able to of­fer 20 walks for 156 par­tic­i­pants. The qual­ity and di­ver­sity of walks on of­fer en­sured that they main­tained the high stan­dards of walker ex­pe­ri­ence that the fes­ti­val is renowned for.

In ad­di­tion to the walks, the fes­ti­val also pro­vided moun­tain-themed events for vis­i­tors which in­clud- ed an art ex­hi­bi­tion and guest speak­ers of the writ­ten and spo­ken word in an evening of po­etry, recitals and anec­dotes. And once again the Brod­ick Vil­lage Hall was jam-packed on the Satur­day night as the Ar­ranach Ceilidh Band at­tracted walk­ers, vis­i­tors and lo­cals.

Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­man Jackie Kemp said: ‘It’s clear that the Ar­ran Moun­tain Fes­ti­val is truly es­tab­lished as a fab­u­lous week­end in the Ar­ran events diary.

‘It is im­por­tant to high­light that the fes­ti­val is an en­tirely com­mu­nity-run event, or­gan­ised by a front line com­mit­tee of vol­un­teers, to which the fes­ti­val is for­ever grate­ful. Fur­ther thanks must also go to all the lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who sup­port us in many ways, in­clud­ing raf­fle dona­tions, ac­com­mo­da­tion sup­port, spon­sor­ship and home bak­ing.

‘How­ever, the fes­ti­val is only pos­si­ble due to the ded­i­cated, qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced vol­un­teer walk lead­ers who, year af­ter year, con­tinue to do­nate their time and ex­per­tise. Many thanks to you all, and just a note that we are al­ready plan­ning for the 2019 fes­ti­val from May 17 to 20. We look for­ward to see­ing you there.’

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this year’s fes­ti­val and the 2019 event is avail­able at www.ar­ran­moun­tain­fes­ti­val.co.uk or on their Face­book page.

Three lo­cal par­tic­i­pants – Lois Bell, Han­nah Tay­lor and Laura Hem­ming – at the Old Man of Tar­suinn.

Photo Jackie Kemp.

Walk­ers and vis­i­tors dance the night away in Brod­ick.

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