The Torchlight Challenge 2018

A message from the Arran Ranger Service:

Are you a keen hillwalker? Are you looking for a unique and magical experience you’ll never forget?
Register now for the Torchlight Challenge at Goatfell on Sat 15th Sep. Join our experienced mountain rangers on a night walk to the top, where we’ll shine a beacon back to those on Ben Lomond and Ben Lawers. All funds raised go directly to the National Trust for Scotland’s mountain causes.

Ben Lomond / Ben Lawers / Goatfell
Saturday 15 September
Registration Fee: £15

Our ever-popular Torchlight Challenge is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of Scotland’s mountains at dusk and raise essential funds for the National Trust for Scotland and our local mountain rescue teams. Reaching the summit in time for nightfall, your group will light the beacon and torches, uniting all our Torchlight Challenge walkers across Scotland.

This year we have challenges taking place on three of our mountains: Ben Lomond, Ben Lawers and Goatfell. From the summit of each you’ll be able to spot the lights shining from the other hills, creating a truly magical experience.

Last year we had over 150 walkers take part at Goatfell and Ben Lomond. Participant Christopher Major enjoyed the trek saying ‘This walk was so special, a unique chance to walk up a mountain range in the dark knowing you’re in the safe hands of the mountain guides and rescue teams. When we reached the summit and saw the lights shining on Goatfell all the way over on Arran, it made the hair on my arms stand up.’

Registration costs £15 and includes a bespoke Torchlight Challenge t-shirt, refreshments and a guide for the night. We ask a minimum sponsorship of £50 to be raised by every participant to help the National Trust for Scotland care for the mountains and to support our local mountain rescue teams.

Alasdair Eckersall, Senior Ranger at Ben Lomond said ‘I would encourage any keen hill walkers after a unique and magical experience to get involved in this event. Whether you’re a serious hill walker or just enjoy being out in the Scottish landscapes, we can support you in a safe and fun way to reach the top and help us light our beacons.’

To register, please download the form at and pay your registration fee by donating £15.
Please return your registration form to or post it to:
Fundraising Team, National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF