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Christmas in the West Highlands / Nollaig an taobh siar na Gaidhealtachd (34381)

Event Overview

By The Way hostel - Tyndrum

Friday 8th - Monday 11th December

Come join us for our ninth annual Christmas weekend away.  This year we will be in Tyndrum, a village nestled in the glorious west highlands, but is little over an hour from Glasgow.

We have three nights located in a fantastic area for walking, with low level meanders along some remote glens or high level mountain days with some well known names to contemplate in the local area - Ben Lui, Ben More and An Caisteal.

Our venue for the weekend is a modern hostel that we have stayed in on a couple of pr...

By The Way hostel - Tyndrum

Friday 8th - Monday 11th December

Come join us for our ninth annual Christmas weekend away.  This year we will be in Tyndrum, a village nestled in the glorious west highlands, but is little over an hour from Glasgow.

We have three nights located in a fantastic area for walking, with low level meanders along some remote glens or high level mountain days with some well known names to contemplate in the local area - Ben Lui, Ben More and An Caisteal.

Our venue for the weekend is a modern hostel that we have stayed in on a couple of previous occasions, and is a cosy place when it gets cold outside - we might even see some snow!

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What to bring

The main activity planned for the weekend is to explore the area, good walking boots are a must along with clothing for any weather as in the highlands you could see all four seasons in one day!

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

For the customary Outdoorlads buffet, please bring something to feed 2 or 3 people. Be imaginative with your offering... You could bring a selection of meats or cheese, some pasta salad, fancy bread or even do a bit of baking!

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 available throughout 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 should have two full days walking planned, with high and low level options to cater for differing abilities. The planned activities will take into account the weather at the time.  Saturday night will be the evening that wonders will appear from the kitchen - in the form of the traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

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.

Secret Santa & Saturday Evening

Saturday evening should see a brief visitation by a special guest - Santa Claus himself is usually too busy so in previous years we have seen Samantra Claus, Fairy Frangipane and other visual delights drop by to cause chaos with the secret santa.

Don't forget to bring a gift to the event, this should be wrapped and not more than £10 in value.

This evening is also the one to get outrageous with your outfit!  We're sure everyone has at least a Santa hat or an outrageous Christmas jumper that is looking to get an airing!

Getting to the hostel

By public transport :

Scotrail operate rail services to Oban that pass through Tyndrum Lower station. You could also use Upper Tyndrum station on the Fort William line, but the lower station is adjacent to the hostel.  The suggested service to take is the 16:37 departure from Glasgow Queen Street, arriving at 18:37.

Scottish Citylink operate coach services through the village from Glasgow Buchanan bus station. The suggested service to catch is the 15:00 departure, service 915 to Portree, which arrives in Tyndrum at 16:55.  If coming by coach it is recommended that you book in advance as it is usually cheaper than buying your ticket from the driver - http://www.citylink.co.uk/index.php

By road :

From Glasgow -

Head west out of the city on the M8, turning off at junction 30 'Erskine Bridge'.  As you cross the bridge keep in the left lane and join the A82 for Crianlarich.  Drive north on the A82, bypassing Crianlarich and now following the signage for 'Fort William', four miles after leaving Crianlarich you reach Tyndrum.  As you enter the village turn left onto Lower Station Road and follow this for a few hundred meters until you reach the entrance to the 'By The Way' property - the hostel is the white painted building.

From Edinburgh & Stirling -

Head west out of the city on the M8, turning north onto the M9 and drive forward to junction 10 signed 'Callander, Crianlarich'.  At the roundabout take the second exit signed 'Callander A84' and follow the road through Callander to Lochearnhead where it becomes the A85, continuing on the road until you reach Crianlarich where you turn right onto the A82 to Tyndrum.  Turn left onto Lower Station Road and the hostel is at the end of the road.

Facilities in the area

Tyndrum has two convenience stores within a short walk from the hostel.

The nearest supermarkets are Asda Dumbarton if you're travelling up the A82 from Glasgow, Morrisons in Fort William if coming down the A82 from the north and Tesco Extra Crieff Road Perth if you are coming from the east.


Event Reference No:
34381