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Flying on Arran

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Visiting pilots are welcome but please contact Flying Fever Paragliding School on 01770303899 or 07717712727 or email if you are coming over to fly. Some of our sites are sensitive and some are closed during lambing time. www.flyingfever.net

Deer stalking Mid Aug to 20th Oct Tel: 01770 302363 for flying in the North Arran Hills.

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heading1 GOAT FELL Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: N, W, SW, SE.
Height: 874m.
NOTAM: NR992 416.
Access: From Brodick take the Corrie road on the A841 Park at Cladach, walk up Goatfell path.
Landing: On the beach or in Glen Rosa.

Notes:
Parking either in Corrie grid: NS 026 424 or Cladach grid: NS 012 376. And follow the well-marked paths to the highest point on the island 874m or 2866ft. A top to bottom from here is all the way to sea level. NR 992 416. There are two take of areas both about 50ft below the top. One 50m north of the trig point and one 50m south. The north take off splits either side of a ridge taking N & W. The south take off is similar, taking SE & SW. The west take of is not for the faint hearted it is possible to take off E or NE only in snow because of the lack of grass here to cover the sharp granite. It is possible to land in Corrie on the large grassy area next to sandstone quay. Landing areas are good in brodick, The beach, and a large grass area next to shops.
heading1. GLEN SHANT Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: SW (also takes a S and SE).
Height: 344m.
NOTAM: NR993 388.
Access: B880 turn up Glen Rosa park at camp site. Cross river Hill on right.
Landing: In field at bottom. (Don't land during lambing!).

Notes:
Fly in light to moderate winds (In stong winds you get rotor from opposite hill). Parking in Glen Rosa grid: NR 994 379. Walk up the main track until you pass through a gate in a deer fence. Turn right and follow the fence to the burn. Cross the burn here via the water gate. Now follow the tree line directly up the hill for around 800m now swing left above the rocks. A steep 1000ft climb. Take of is at grid ref: NR 994 388 this hill takes a SW or at a push S or even SE. Top landing area is good and bottom-landing areas are huge. You can land in the field next to your car, except during lambing when you have to land outside the deer fence. This is not a problem just a little further to walk back to the car.
heading1 CORRIE CRAVIE Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: S.
Height: 225m.
NOTAM: NR923 246.

Notes:
Drive past Kilmory on the way to Blackwaterfoot. This hill looks small but can be good in a strong thermic southerly when the wind has turned South at Dereneneach but is not strong enough to soar the sea cliffs at Bennan. Please don't land in the fields during lambing time.

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Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: E, NE.
Height: 311m.
NOTAM: NS003 304.

Notes:
The Ross Driving through Lamlash turn onto the Ross road, 600m along this road turn left into the entrance to a forestry road and picnic site, park here. Grid ref: NS 015 299. From here walk further up the tarred road over a cattle grid and past a cottage on your right, 20m past the cottage there is a path on your right to the top of the hill. Take off is at grid: NS 003 304. Top landing is easy here, lots of space. Bottom landing is in the field beside the road at grid: NS 014 299. The farmer has thought fully placed a stile here right opposite the car park. Don't land too close to the road here as there are power lines running along the road and the field is raised above the road making the power lines very close. Please don't land in this field, if there are sheep in it during lambing time. There is a picnic site across the road, which is about football pitch size. This site takes an E or NE wind. It is possible to fly XC in most directions from here.
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Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: SW, W, NW.
Height: 230m.
NOTAM: NR917 498.

Notes:
Parking is on the shore side of the road near a bench and large white anchor at grid: NR 910 496. Start up a track to Catacol farm for 50m and then cross a stile on your left, follow the path to the top. Take off is just bellow the trig point at grid: NR 917 498. This site works best in a SW wind but can also be flown in a W or NW. Top landing area is good. Bottom landing is on the shore, which is gravel. There are fields to land in if you have to but the landowner does not like this so please avoid this if you can. There may be very occasional deer stalking on this hill. There are power lines across the hill half way up and also through the village. After landing the Catacol Bay hotel is nearby for food and drinks. Check out the "all you can eat buffet". There are other less used or more difficult to find sites and also training sites that have not been listed. Just ask for more local information. All Grid Refs have been taken from OS sheet 69 1: 50,000 Deer stalking is not usually carried out on a face with the wind blowing up it, so it will be unusual to encounter a stalking party, if they are in the area a land rover type vehicle with an Argo trailer (hill vehicle) will be parked in the area.
heading1 LOCHRANZA - TORR Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: NW
Height: 332m.
NOTAM: NR951 493.

Notes:
To fly this site park either beside the Distillery, Which incidentally has a nice café/bar and is next to the landing area, or park 900m SE of here beside a stone clad water storage tank. The route to take off is directly up a fence line from here. When the fence stops carry on in the same direction directly up the hill, the take of area is just below the top of the hill. A wide and gently sloping grass/heather ramp. As you stand on takeoff you should have the 70m high cliff face to your left. From the front edge of this ramp you will see the landing area on three sides of the distillery. The only restriction to using this site is that a pair of eagles nest on the-cliff face, the nest site is not used every year but the distillery staff are very protective of this nest site even when it is not in use. Often climbers are reported to the police just in case they are egg thieves. Take off is about 200m from this nest site and people on the ground can disturb the eagles, although gliders in the air do not. It would be best to avoid using this take off if the eagles are using this nest site. Ask locally during nesting season.

heading1 LOCHRANZA - NEWTON FACE, NEWTON POINT Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: SW (Face), NW (Point)
Height: 200m.
NOTAM: NR938 503.

Notes:
Driving though Lochranza take the single track road to the Newton side Grid ref: NR 938 503 and park at the head of the loch Grid ref: NR937 507 Less than 50m N of this parking place is a rough track, follow this track after taking a good look at the grass strip between the golf course and the loch shore, this may well be your landing strip. After 500m on this track you will pass a house on your left. Just after the house you can cut right and follow a steep path to the top of the hill and take off, or carry on following the track for another 500m and then follow an easier path on the right. The take off for Newton face is in the area of NR 941-512. This face takes a SW wind and has a huge top landing area. The bottom landing is on the grass strip beside the parking place, or on the golf course. The take off for Newton Point is in the area of NR 940 514 A small area at the point will lift in a NW, but the rest of this face works in an N wind. There is again a huge top landing area and some nice bottom landing spots on the shore at Grid ref: NR 935 520. There are no access problems here other than very occasional heather burning or deer stalking. There is no vehicle access up the track only by foot.
heading1 LAGGAN FACE Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: NE
Height: 444m.
NOTAM: NR977 497.

Notes:
Laggan face, parking in a lay-by at grid: NR 973 484 and walking directly towards the trig point at grid: NR 977 497. Take off will be in this area. This massive face takes a NE wind and the top landing area is good all along it. Bottom landing on this site will mean a long walk out.
heading1 SUIDHE FHEARGHAS Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: N, NE
Height: 400m.
NOTAM: NR989 454.

Notes:
(The seat of Fhearghas), parking at north Sannox grid: NR 994 467 follow the path south directly up the steep slope across a small plateau and then up a steep shoulder. Take of will be at grid :NR 989 454 This site is high and will take a light NE or N wind. Top landing is possible on a slope, to the left of take of. Bottom landing is in the area of the car park.
heading1 MAOL DONN Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: E
Height: 368m.
NOTAM: NS019 406.

Notes:
Parking grid: NS 026 418 in a lay-by at the bottom of a new forestry road. At the back of the lay-by is a very large boulder. Go between the boulder and the burn. Follow the track up through the forestry onto the open hill. Go left along a deer fence to the trig point NS 019 406. Take off is in front of this trig point. This hill takes an East wind. Top landing area is good. Bottom landing areas are limited. Closest bottom landing is at grid ref: NS 028 412 A lay-by / car park on the shore side of the road. This was the best area but the council have now laid tarmac and erected 18" high posts all round the car park making a hazard, the shore in this area is sand and gravel, making a good alternative it is recommended that you look at this area before flying this site..2km further north there are good landing areas in the village of Corrie. There are no access restrictions apart from very occasional deer stalking.
heading1 STRING Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: E
Height: 425m.
NOTAM: NR978 351.

Notes:
Parking on the B880 at either grid ref: NR 983 360 or NR 977 357. Both lay-bys. The lower of these takes you to a gentle slope usually used as a training site. Directly behind this about 600m further up the hill is a steeper section of hill facing E. This is fairly easy to walk up from either of these lay-bys. Take of at grid ref: NR 978 351. Top landing is easy. Bottom landing is in the area of the car park. A hazard here is the nearby power lines. Have a good look at them on the way up.
heading1 WINDMILL Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: E, SE
Height: 400m.
NOTAM: NR981 349.

Notes:
500m south of the string take off, is the windmill take off. Grid ref: NR 981 349 This faces into a large bowl shaped valley (glen ormidale) This site is flyable in a E or SE wind but can be dangerously turbulent in a south wind. Top landing area is confined to take off area. There is a knife back ridge to your left as you stand on take off. In the right conditions this whole bowl lifts. Bottom landing is almost anywhere in Glen cloy and it is possible to fly to Brodick beach or more often Auchrannie hotels large neat lawn. Right beside a nice café/bar at Auchrannie spa.
heading1 DUN FIONN Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: NE
Height: 164m.
NOTAM: NS045 338.

Notes:
Driving south from Brodick, take the Corriegills road on your left, about 500m from the pier. Parking at grid ref: NS 034 346 walk along the rough track for 1km and then up a foot path through forestry for a further 500m, this emerges from the trees almost at take off, which is beside a bench and stile at grid ref: NS 045 338. As you stand on take off there is an iron age hill fort 100m to your right, this has a trig point on it and is a marvellous view point, it is worth the walk over to see the whole site which you can't from take off. Hazards here are power lines behind take off and also along the edge of the trees. Bottom landing fields are available directly below take off and it is worth noting the power lines as you walk past these on the way in. It is possible to fly from here to Brodick beach or fields behind Brodick pier. This site takes a NE wind and is a low coastal site and can be flown in a stronger wind than some other sites.

heading1 BENNAN HEAD Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: S
Height: 100m.
NOTAM: NR978 205 (SOUTH)
NR999 211(SOUTH EAST)

 

 

Notes:
There are two areas to fly at Bennan head. The first is used in a strong SE wind. Park in a small-disused quarry just off the main road at grid: NR 999 213. Take off is 200-300m south of here at grid: NR 999 211. Top landing is easy here but take care the wind is not too strong as it may produce rotor. Bottom landing is on grass next to a rocky shore. If you bottom land you have a choice of a short steep climb back to take off or a 2km walk along the shore past hundreds of seals to Kildonan. It is possible to fly to here or in the right conditions right through Kildonan. The other area at Bennan head takes a strong S wind. Parking is on the main road at grid: NR 979 214. Walk down hill on a rough track towards the sea. Take off is at grid: NR 978 205. On a small rounded hill with a disused and derelict crow trap on top. Top landing is easy here. Bottom landing is possible behind the rocky shore but is wet in places and the walk back to the top, is steep and unpleasant. It is possible to soar this site for several kms in each direction, but be aware that when soaring the 200ft high cliffs (1500m left of take off) in strong wind that you move out over the shore to avoid being blown back. The only access restrictions to either of theses sites is during lambing.
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Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: SW
Height: 100m.
NOTAM: NR901 262 .

Notes:
Brownhead, situated on the A841 south of Blackwaterfoot. Parking is in a lay-by at grid: NR 901 263. Take off is 20m from the side of the road on the shore side. There is a streamer close to take off. This site is low and coastal taking a strong wind with 3km of coast to soar. It is possible to work your way up the hill behind and to the left of take off (Cnocan Donn 219m) and from here fly XC. Top landing is easy in the take off area and to the right of take off. Bottom landing is possible but the shore is rocky and there are lots of brambles, so not recommended. There are no access problems here. The main hazard is the power lines behind the road all along this coast. In lighter wind you can walk up " the back hill" and take off in front of the trig point at grid: NR 911 248. The easiest route up this hill is to follow the tree line.
heading1 DRUMADOON Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: NW
Height: 60m.
NOTAM: NR887 296.

Notes:
Drumadoon, situated NW of Blackwaterfoot. Parking is in the golf courses car park and follow the footpath to Kings cave for 1500m. As the path passes behind the hill fort and descends to the shore, take off is at the top of this steep banking grid: NR 887 296. This site is low and coastal taking a strong NW wind. Top and bottom landing areas are good here. A new fence has been erected making takeoffs in strong winds more difficult. Access may be restricted during lambing. If in any doubt ask at the farmhouse at grid: NR 891 291. These are the land owners (but may not own the sheep) you pass this house on the way in.
heading1 DERENENEACH Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: W
Height: 400m.
NOTAM: NR937 329.

Notes:
Dereneneach, situated on the String road (B880) Parking is at grid: NR 930 334. Across the road from the streamer on the edge of the landing field. Walk up the track for 300m and then directly up the hill. Take off is at grid: NR 937 329. This hill takes a W wind and the huge area of moorland in front make this a good thermal collector on summer afternoons. XC from here to the other side of the island is possible. Access is not a problem here but if in doubt ask at bridge farm grid: NR 927 318. 1500m south of here. Mr Colin Currie is an exceptionally nice man and won't keep you chatting for too long.
heading1 THUNDERGUY Back to top
Flying Fever flying site

Wind direction: NW
Height: 551m.
NOTAM: NR899 452.

Notes:
Thunderguy and Coirein Lochain, parking for both of these sites is at grid: NR 880 466. On the shore side of the road near a sign for the footpath to Coirein Lochain. Follow this footpath. For the low take off at Thunderguy leave the path directly after the houses and go straight up the hill, take off is at the top of this steep banking at grid: NR 886 465. This site takes a strong NW wind. Top landing area is good. Bottom landing is on the shore, which is gravel, near the mouth of the small burn at grid: NR 880 469. There are fields to land in if you have to but the farmer does not like this so please avoid this if you can. It is possible to fly XC in both directions along the coast from here. For the higher take off stay on the path all the way to the loch and then to your right up the shoulder to take off in the area of grid: NR 899 452. Bottom landing would be in the same area as before or XC is possible in both directions along the coast.
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