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Walking festival starts today

Posted 17 September 2010
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Walking festival starts today
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The Isle of Arran Mountain Festival has begun today (September 17th), with visitors to the Scottish island having the chance to enjoy several rugged peaks.

One of the walks, which is being repeated tomorrow, is called the Three Beinns and takes in the summits of Beinn Nuis, Beinn Tarsuinn and Beinn a'Chliabhain, with 15 miles of walking and 1,000 metres of climbing.

Those taking part have been instructed to have the right clothing, such as walking boots and waterproof jackets, while anyone turning up in jeans will not be allowed to participate.

Cir Mhor and the island's highest peak of Goat Fell are also among the mountains featured in the walks, while celebrities from the mountaineering world giving talks during the four-day event include Scottish veteran hill-walker Cameron McNeish.

Those bringing a climbing rope can also enjoy a number of rocky challenges around the island.

Because of its varied scenery, Goat Fell has earned the nickname of "Scotland in Miniature", although one thing it cannot offer walkers is any Munros.

However, there are peaks over 3,000 ft on the islands of Skye and Mull.