Aug
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Glenshee - The Undiscovered Cairngorms (33765)

Event Overview

Gulabin Lodge - Spittal of Glenshee

Friday 11th - Monday 14th August

Glen Shee sits on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park in Highland Perthshire and is one of the lesser visited parts of the national park, you can walk all day and meet but a handful of other walkers - even on a glorious summers day!  But join us and discover what the masses are missing - fine rolling mountains, undisturbed wildlife and tranquil glens.

An attractive part of the area is Glen Lochsie, which heads NW from the lodge that we are staying in, this heads deep into the mountain...

Gulabin Lodge - Spittal of Glenshee

Friday 11th - Monday 14th August

Glen Shee sits on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park in Highland Perthshire and is one of the lesser visited parts of the national park, you can walk all day and meet but a handful of other walkers - even on a glorious summers day!  But join us and discover what the masses are missing - fine rolling mountains, undisturbed wildlife and tranquil glens.

An attractive part of the area is Glen Lochsie, which heads NW from the lodge that we are staying in, this heads deep into the mountains and provides a refuge from modern life. Heading NE from the lodge is Glen Shee as it heads up towards The Cairnwell, known for having the highest stretch of public road in the UK reaching an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level.  And many more mountains can be reached from the road such as Glas Maol or possibly Lochnagar, if you start early enough.

If climbing up a mountain isn't your thing the glens in the area provide a great place for a peaceful day out, or you could take on part of the Cateran Trail, named after groups of Highland cattle rustlers who once caused havoc in the area.

We will be staying in the very comfortable Gulabin Lodge - a tastefully converted Victorian Manse with excellent facilities.

 

 

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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 you could easily see 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

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 lodge 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 the area, being on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park we have a variety of walks to choose from - A full day out reaching the top of Glas Tulaichean or something a bit less strenous in the form of part of the Cateran Way.

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.

Getting to Gulabin Lodge

By public transport :

From the south - From Perth bus station board service 58 to Blairgowrie that departs at 12:25 and arrives into the town at 13:15.  Change here onto Stagecoach service 501 to Ballater that departs at 13:30 and gets to Spittal at 14:11.  Perth bus station is two minutes walk from the railway station which is served by regular services from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

From Aberdeen - At Aberdeen bus station board Stagecoach service 201 for Braemar which departs at 11:45 and arrives into Ballater at 13:33.  Change here onto service 501 to Blairgowrie which leaves at 13:55 and arrives at Spittal at 14:59.  Aberdeen bus station is located adjacent to the railway station, which also has regular services to the central belt and also Inverness.

By Road :

From Glasgow - Head east out of the city on the M8, taking the M80 signed for Stirling. On the approach to Stirling the M80 connects into the M9 and continues north to Dunblane where it becomes the A9.  Head to Perth on the A9 and at the Broxden Roundabout (the one with the grouse sculpture) take the A93 signed for Perth city centre, stay on this road as it drops down into the city and becomes South Street - this takes you across Queens Bridge and onto a junction with the A85 where you turn left.  Stay on this side of the river and follow signs for Braemar A93 to Blairgowrie.  In Blairgowrie the road meets a junction with the A923 where you turn left, across a bridge and through a climbing 'S' bend, turn left immediately after the bend continuing to follow the signs for Braemar. The road passes through Bridge of Cally and into Glenshee - Spittal is 19 miles after leaving Blairgowrie.  On turning left drive through the village and shortly after crossing a hump backed bridge Gulabin lodge is on your left.

From Edinburgh - Head NW out of the city on the A90 Queensferry Road and cross the Forth road bridge, the road continues north as the M90.  At junction 10 stay on the M90 signed for Aberdeen A90 and cross the Friarton Bridge leaving the motorway at junction 11 and follow signs for A85 Perth. Stay on this side of the River Tay looking out for signs for Braemar A93, and follow the directions as from Glasgow.

From Aberdeen - Head west out of the city on Great Western Road, which is signed A93 for Braemar. On reaching Braemar stay on the main road, now signed as A93 Perth, and continue south for 14.5 miles passing Glenshee ski centre.  Turn right into the village and Gulabin lodge is the first building on your right.

 

Facilities in the area

There are no shops at Spital of Glenshee, the nearest being Braemar (if coming from the NE) or Blairgowrie (if coming from the south).  There is a cafe at the Glenshee ski centre.


Event Reference No:
33765