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Oct
13

Autumn in Balamory (34545)

Event Overview

SYHA Tobermory

Friday 13th - Monday 16th October

"What's the story in Balamory, wouldn't you like to know...."  And if you don't know you need to get googling kids TV!

Balamory was the centre of a BBC kids programme, set among the colourful waterfront of Tobermory - the SYHA hostel in which we are staying is one of the painted buildings that make up the picture postcard main street.  But before you panic that you'll be getting a weekend of Miss Hoolie reading you stories, we will be getting out and about to explore the island of Mull.

In the local area are lo...

SYHA Tobermory

Friday 13th - Monday 16th October

"What's the story in Balamory, wouldn't you like to know...."  And if you don't know you need to get googling kids TV!

Balamory was the centre of a BBC kids programme, set among the colourful waterfront of Tobermory - the SYHA hostel in which we are staying is one of the painted buildings that make up the picture postcard main street.  But before you panic that you'll be getting a weekend of Miss Hoolie reading you stories, we will be getting out and about to explore the island of Mull.

In the local area are lots of easier walks exploring the quiet countryside and coastline of north Mull, or we could go for a road trip round the island looking out for dolpins, whales and seals that frequent the sea.  Further afield Ben More sits in the landscape to the south of Mull, or we could take ferry trips across to Iona to see the ancient monastery and across to Ardnamurchan Point - the most westerly point of the UK mainland.

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What to bring

We will be exploring the island in autumn - a changeable time of year when storms from the Atlantic can start crashing into the Scottish islands, so you are advised to pack for any condition whether for sunny, wet or windy weather.

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: A good comfy pair of walking socks is essential really; they keep your feet warm and drier than normal socks.

Gaiters:  Gaiters attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee.  They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg.  They are not essential to have but you will feel the difference if you have them when walking through muddy or boggy ground - which is almost guaranteed in Scotland.

Walking Trousers:  You should have a suitable pair of trousers for walking in, jeans are not suitable as they take on water when wet and will make you cold.  The same goes for jogging pants/tracksuit clothing. 

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in case of wet weather. They are also good to be worn as a second layer as they can act as a windproof barrier, keeping the legs warm. 

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This could be a cheaper sports top or you could go top of the range with a merino top, as cotton T-Shirts can become damp and uncomfortable when climbing a mountain.

Other Layers: On top of your base layer, you can have a variety of options such as a micro fleece, a fleece jacket or a rugby/sports top can sometimes be good.  Having one or two additional layers gives you flexibility when the weather is changeable – the more layers, the more flexible you can be in adapting to the weather.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices but they can be expensive unless you shop sensibly, don’t forget your OutdoorLads discount for Full Members at Cotswold outlets.

Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. 

Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months, windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres.  As an option you could store your items in waterproof bags inside just in-case or ensure the bag has a waterproof bag to pull over the top.

Emergency Equipment: The leader of the group will normally carry some emergency items, but you are welcome to bring your own such as spare energy food, survival bag, personal first aid kit, head torch and a whistle.  It is not essential that you bring all or any of these items but it will do no harm if you do bring.

Map & Compass: If you want to learn to be a leader or you just like to know where you are, then you can bring a map that covers the area.  If you are not sure which map to bring, just message the leader.  It is best to bring your map either in a map case or purchase maps which are waterproof.

Mobile Phone: If you choose to bring your phone, then you are well advised to buy a waterproof bag or if that is not possible a simple food/freezer bag will suffice.

Food & Drink

Friday evening - please bring an item for the buffet - this is an opportunity to be creative, possibly do a bit of baking before you travel or surprise us with some cooking skills.

Saturday & Sunday breakfast and dinner along with Monday breakfast are included in the event cost.

Saturday & Sunday lunch - you will need to bring with you.

Tea & coffee is provided at the hostel over the weekend.

Meeting & Times

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What's going to happen

Friday evening:

We have the ODL buffet and this is also an opportunity to catch up with other ODLers you may have not seen for a while or meet new guys. If this is your first event, don't worry as you will be made very welcome.

There will also be a briefing around 9pm to let you know what activities are planned for the coming two days.

Saturday & Sunday:

We have a full two days exploring Mull.

Monday:

Time to clean the hostel and head home. There may be a short walk of an hour or two duration in the area for those who are in less of a rush to get away.

Road cycling

For those of you who may wish to, there may be a chance to go road cycling on the island; please contact the event leader prior to arrival at the event.

How to get to Tobermory hostel

The principal ferry route to Mull is the Oban - Craignure route.  The recommended sailing is the 16:00 departure from Oban.  If coming from Inverness, or poor weather disrupts the Craignure ferry, the secondary route is via the Lochaline - Fishnish ferry. If travelling as a foot passenger you buy your ticket directly from the ferry terminal at Oban, or on board if sailing from Lochaline.  Foot passengers must be checked in at least 15 minutes prior to the sailing time.

By public transport :

Oban has regular ScotRail services from Glasgow Queen Street - recommended service is the 12:21 departure which arrives at 15:28, and Scottish Citylink operate two suitable coach services daily from Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station - service 976 departs Glasgow at 12:30 to arrive into Oban at 15:26.  If travelling by coach it is normally cheaper to book online than buying your ticket from the driver. http://www.citylink.co.uk/

On reaching Craignure, West Coast Motors operate bus service 495 to Tobermory, which departs at 16:55.

By road :

From Glasgow -

Head west out of the city on the M8, turning off at junction 30 for the Erskine Bridge. Keep to the left lane as you cross the bridge and follow the A82 signs for Crianlarich/ Fort William until you reach Tyndrum.  Shortly after driving past the Green Welly Shop in Tyndrum turn left onto the A85 for Oban.

From Edinburgh -

Head west out of the city on the the M8 or A8, turning north onto the M9 at Newbridge.  Continue on the M9 until junction 10 Craigforth and from the roundabout turn left onto the A84 signposted Crianlarich (A85), and follow this road through Doune, Callendar and Lochearnhead to Crianlarich. At Crianlarich drive through the village to the northern bypass roundabout where you turn right and travel 5 miles to Tyndrum. After the Green Welly Shop turn left onto the A85 and drive to Oban.

Car parking is restricted in Oban, you are recommended to park at the Atlantis sports centre just off the A85 as you drop down the hill into the town and walk the remaining 10 minutes to the ferry terminal.

From Inverness -

Head SW out of the city on the A82 for Fort William, following signs for Crianlarich as you pass through Fort William, until 8 miles further south where you turn right for the Corran ferry.  Turn left off the ferry onto the A861 and drive for 12.5 miles until you reach a left turn for the A884 'Mull Ferry'.  There is a long stay carpark at the ferry terminal if you wish to leave your car on the mainland.  The recommended sailing is the 16:45 departure as this connects with the service 495 bus at 17:10 to Tobermory.

Facilities in the area

Tobermory has a Co-op store just a few doors down from the hostel.  The nearest large supermarket is a Tesco in Oban.


Event Reference No:
34545