• Arran Mountain Rescue

    On Call – 365 Days a Year
  • Arran Mountain Rescue

    On Call – 365 Days a Year
  • Arran Mountain Rescue

    On Call – 365 Days a Year

For Mountain Rescue Dial 999 or 112 then ask for ‘Police’ then ‘Mountain Rescue’

Arran Mountain Rescue Team is a charitable organization made up of men and women from all over the Island. Team members are all volunteers and give up their time freely when an emergency arises.

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Arran Mountain Rescue Team

The team currently has 30Β members with a variety of skills and experience amongst us. The team provides Search and Rescue assistance to walkers and climbers on the Isle of Arran which is located in the Firth of Clyde, off the West Coast of Scotland.

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How the Team Assemble

Initially, a call will be raised via Police Scotland, and if it is necessary a call-out will then be initiated. Team members are contacted and assemble at the team base, briefed on the nature of the incident, and then head out to the appropriate location(s).

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A Wealth of Experience

All team members at Arran mountain Rescue are experienced hillwalkers or mountaineers with a vast amount of local knowledge between them.

Team members are on-call 365 days a year and are unpaid volunteers giving up their time to help people in need.

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How We Are Funded

The vast majority of our funding is raised through donations.
If you would like to find out how you can help our support Arran mountain Rescue, please visit our support page.
Arran Mountain Rescue Team SCIO is a Registered Charity (SC004055).


Recent Callouts

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Sun Jan 8th, 2023

January 2023 training - Night mock exercise on Cir Mhor

Last night, the team were given a scenario to search for two fallen climbers near the Western stoneshoot on Cir Mhor.
The casualties were both located and lowered on stretchers from steep ground down into Glen Sannox.

A great nights training! πŸ”¦πŸ”

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Remember a similar Winter exercise about 35 years ago under Team Leader S.Lambie Snr. Full Winter conditions that night. Where do the years go. Great to see the team going strong πŸ‘

Not an easy task. No doubt the team will have learned from this exercise. Well done.

Amazing commitment !

Sat Dec 31st, 2022

Congratulations to our chair and long serving team member Alistair Hume, who has been awarded with an MBE in the New Years honours list for his service to Mountain Rescue.
Ali joined the Arran team in 1976, was team leader from 1993-2005 and continues to volunteer as a team member and chair giving up his time freely whenever needed.

Well done Ali, well deserved! ⭐️

πŸ“· Ali during a Callout on Goatfell a few years ago

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Congratulations to our chair and long serving team member Alistair Hume, who has been awarded with an MBE in the New Years honours list for his service to Mountain Rescue.
Ali joined the Arran team in 1976, was team leader from 1993-2005 and continues to volunteer as a team member and chair giving up his time freely whenever needed.
Well done Ali, well deserved! ⭐️
πŸ“· Ali during a Callout on Goatfell a few years ago 
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Congratulations Alistair!! So happy for you! πŸŽ‰

Fabulous well deserved achievement! Congratulations Ali πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Absolutely fantastic Ali. We are so happy for you … well deserved!

Congratulations & well deserved!

Fabulous news. My dad Neil MacDonald is delighted and so chuffed for you. Xx

Congratulations!! ⛰️πŸ₯Ύ

Congratulations Ali πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ»

I ask about the pipes as I wonder if this was the same gent who played the bagpipes outside Glen Estate for a very special ladys 100 th birthday some years ago,if so I would give him an MBE every year.Well done you deserve it πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Congratulations Ali ❀️

Congratulations Ali, fantastic news! Well deserved.

Congratulations Ali. Well deserved indeed πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘

Many congratulations Ali πŸ‘πŸ‘

Congratulations Ali,well deserved. X

Congratulations Alistair. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Delighted for Ali and the AMRT. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Congratulations, and totally well deserved!

Congratulations Ali πŸ‘πŸ‘

Well deserved. Congratulations 🎊

Congratulations Ali that’s awesome , well deserved .

Congratulations 🎊 Ali x

Wow congratulations Ali , if anyone deserves this it’s you xx

Many congratulations Ali, if anyone deserves it, you do my friend πŸ₯³

Congratulations x

That's brilliant! Congratulations !

Congratulations alistair. Well deserved x

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Sun Dec 4th, 2022

December training exercise.

Today the team were on the hill covering route planning, local knowledge, decision making and navigation.
After splitting into small groups the team then covered large areas on foot with approximately 30 checkpoints spread out across the North of the island.

A great day was had covering all aspects.

πŸ“· Ross, Lucy

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A great organisation rescuing people in a wonderful landscape!

Well done everyone. Coming your way next year and wonder if I can visit your base?

Sun Oct 2nd, 2022

Over recent months there has been an increase in the number of mountain incidents across Scotland, and now autumn is in full swing we’d like to remind people venturing into the hills to check your kit to ensure you are fully prepared. Ensure you have suitable clothing for any weather conditions you may encounter and have within your rucksack spare warm layers (jacket, thermals, fleece), waterproofs, spare gloves, hat, extra food, and walking boots that have grip, warmth and waterproof.

In addition to that, it is important to have a map for the area you are walking in, a compass (know how to use it) and a torch and spare batteries. We have moved into autumn and the evenings are getting darker and the temperature is dropping.

We recommend that you don’t use a mobile phone as your only navigation aid as they have their limitations, if you do get into difficulty try and keep as much charge in your phone battery as you can, (in the cold battery life is very short).

Remember, if you do require assistance, phone 999 and ask for Police then Mountain Rescue, try and stay calm and give as much information to the operator as you can (what the emergency is, where you are, size of party, telephone numbers in your party, any known medical issues etc), bear in mind however that given the remoteness of some of the areas, mobile phone signal can be very poor and it can take a number of hours for the rescue team to get to you. Leaving a route card of your intended journey with family or a friend can assist our Mountain Rescue teams too.

With a bit of forward planning, looking at weather forecasts, thinking about your route and your skills will enable you to have an enjoyable day out in the wonderful mountain environment we have in Scotland.

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VIDEO

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Callout 03/07/2021
The team were called out at approximately 2010hrs yesterday evening to assist two climbers cragfast on Cir Mhor.
Thanks to the assistance of Rescue 199 the team were quickly transported to the saddle and from there made their way up to the top of Cir Mhor to above the area where the climbers were cragfast in thick clagg.
A rope was lowered down and both climbers were then able to make their way safely to the teams location above where they were assisted down off the hill and back into Glen Rosa.
Both were thankfully unharmed.
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Callout 03/07/2021 The team were called out at app...

Drone practise search - Rosa slabs - Some footage from team member and drone pilot Struan who was out last night with a couple of team members putting the teams new drone through its paces around the Rosa slabs area on Goatfell.
A complex area to which the use of a drone can speed up the searching process by a large margin 
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Drone practise search - Rosa slabs

Some footage from team member and drone pilot Stru...

Callout on Goatfell 08/09/2020 - CALLOUT 08/09/2020
The team were called out today at approximately 1515hrs to assist a couple of hill walkers lost on Goatfell. 
Phonefind( used to pinpoint a location) gave the team their grid reference to be at the top of the water shoot area on the Rosa slabs, a very steep and dangerous area to the South/West side of the summit.
Luckily they had both stopped where they were and were located safe by the team.
Although cold and wet, both were thankfully unharmed and able to walk back, with the assistance of the team, to our Argo cats then transported down to the team base.
πŸŽ₯ Ewan 
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Callout on Goatfell 08/09/2020

CALLOUT 08/09/2020 The team were called out today ...

ARGO CAT Training course - Glen Rosa - A few team members went though some Argo Cat training in Glen Rosa today to ensure that they are safe and confident to drive our vehicles on the complex Arran terrain during a callout.
Cheers to the trainers for travelling across and for a great day!
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ARGO CAT Training course - Glen Rosa

A few team members went though some Argo Cat train...

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History and Archive photos

Our History

The Arran Mountain Rescue Team SCIO was formed in 1964 with an initial group of 15 members.

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