• 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 30 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 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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Sat Sep 24th, 2022

CALLOUT 24/09/2022
The team were called out at approximately 1420hrs this afternoon to assist a hill walker who had become cragfast on a ledge in Coire Nam Fuaran just below the summit of North Goatfell.
She was secured with a rope and brought to safe ground before being walked back to the Argo Cat and given a lift back to our team base.

Thankfully the hill walker was unharmed.

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Comment on Facebook

This was me... Thankyou all so very much for helping me today. I do have experience mountain hiking/scrambling but . I had found myself stuck on a ledge and didnt feel that i could safely go up or down without slipping down a sheer drop. Anxiety had set in and so I was stuck. These men really are such highly trained professionals and I really was so pleased when they arrived. So again...thankyou.

Flora in future be more careful. I was worried about you.

Putting yourself in danger? I'm not impressed!

Well done to you all

Hope you're ok ❤️

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Thu Sep 22nd, 2022

CALLOUT 21/09/2022
The team were called out at approximately 1220hrs yesterday to assist the Ambulance service with a lady with a broken ankle at the Viking fort at Kingscross.

We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.

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Fri Sep 16th, 2022

CALLOUT 15/09/2022
The team were called out at approximately 1730hrs yesterday evening to assist a gentleman reporting himself cragfast near the summit of Holy Isle.
14 team members were transferred to Holy Isle on the Arran RNLI lifeboat and Holy Isle ferry.
It soon became clear that the cragfast gentleman was not near the summit and both the team and lifeboat started a search with the lifeboat spotting him on some very steep ground on the East side of the island.
The RNLI crew guided one of the team into him who was able to make him secure and warm him up.
Both were then winched on board Rescue 199 and transferred back to MR base where he was checked over by the local Ambulance.

A big shout out to the Holy Isle ferry, Lifeboat crew and Rescue 199 for all their help!

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Comment on Facebook

Great job guys.. well done 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Well done RNLI you do an amazing job

Wonderful people taking risks to rescue!

Well done to all involved 👏

Job well 👏 done.

Well done guys.

Well done all involved

Nice job guys, the location does look a bit off piste !

Brilliant guys yet again

Karen McKie

Top job

Well done to all x

Well done 👏

Great team work all ❤️

Top work as always 👏

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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.
Scottish Mountain Rescue
St John Scotland

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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Search & Rescue Aerial Association - Scotland
St John Scotland
BIG CO - Brodick

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.
🎥 Ewan 
Scottish Mountain Rescue
St John Scotland

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.

DONATE

Here are a few of the ways you can help with funding of the Arran Mountain Rescue

OUR SUPPORTERS

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For Mountain Rescue
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and ask for Police then Mountain Rescue

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Arran Mountain Rescue is a registered charity. Registered In Scotland No: SC004055. Registered Office: Tigh Na Bhreac, Kilpatrick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8EY