Sep
8

Late Summer in the North West Highlands (34904)

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Sail Mhor Croft Hostel, Dundonnell

Come to the north west for a long weekend as we Get Out More into an area called 'The Great Wilderness', an area peppered with mountains, deer, trees and just the occasional person.

We have a whole weekend to explore the area, one of the most well known of mountains in the area is An Teallach which sits within a large remote area between Dundonnell Forest and Strathnashellag Forest - a...

GREAT NEWS!! Early payment discount for this event has now been extended by a month... Book now to ensure you don't miss out on this great event!


Sail Mhor Croft Hostel, Dundonnell

Come to the north west for a long weekend as we Get Out More into an area called 'The Great Wilderness', an area peppered with mountains, deer, trees and just the occasional person.

We have a whole weekend to explore the area, one of the most well known of mountains in the area is An Teallach which sits within a large remote area between Dundonnell Forest and Strathnashellag Forest - although the trees are long gone - and is just to the north of Fisherfield Forest, one of Scotland's more remote but amazing areas to see.

We are staying at a clean and comfortable hostel on the shores of Little Loch Broom.

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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.  The weather conditions at the time will affect what to pack as April could see sunshine or snow showers, we are close to the west coast so any Atlantic weather systems will drop anything they've got on us.

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

Please be imaginative with what you bring, we are a small group therefore most of us bringing a pizza may not be an ideal start to the weekend.

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 customary ODL buffet - this is an opportunity to catch up with those guys who you know, or meet some new guys. If this is your first ODL weekend event you will be made very welcome.  We will also have a briefing to run through the plan for the weekend.

Saturday & Sunday:

We have two full days to get out and about. If the event is fully booked we would be able to split into two groups, if some guys want to go mountaineering and some want to do something less challenging. Please note that what we do will be defined by the weather, the leader can decide not to go up the mountains should there be a high risk of a storm blowing in!

Monday:

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

Getting to the hostel

Public transport:

By train - The nearest station is Garve on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line. ScotRail services depart from Inverness at 10:56, 13:35 & 17:54 arriving at Garve for 11:55, 14:33 & 18:53; where you can catch a bus or get a lift from another member.

By bus - Stagecoach and Scottish Citylink run services on the Inverness to Ullapool route. Stagecoach service 61 departs Inverness bus station at 13:40 to arrive at Braemore Junction about 14:50. Citylink service 961 departs Inverness at 15:00 to arrive at 16:00. In both cases you will need to ask for a lift from another member, as it is a 15.5 mile walk from here to the hostel.

By road:

From Glasgow - Head east out of the city on the M8 and drop onto the M80 signposted for Stirling. The M80 joins onto the M9 and becomes the A9 at the Keir roundabout (Dunblane), continue north on the A9 past Perth and onto Inverness. From Inverness stay on the A9 over the Kessock bridge to the Tore roundabout where you want to take the second exit, signed Ullapool and Dingwall A835. At the Maryburgh roundabout continue following the signs for Ullapool A835, passing through Garve.  On reaching Braemore Junction, turn left following the road to Gairloch for 15.5 miles, the hostel is on the right just after you pass the signs for Maggie's Tearoom.

From Edinburgh - Head north west out of the city on Queensferry Road (A90), staying on this road across the Forth bridge and north on the M90 to Perth. At junction 10 follow the signs for Inverness, joining the A9 at Broxden roundabout. Follow the directions as from Glasgow, from here.

Facilities in the area

The nearest supermarket is a Tesco further north in Ullapool. From the south the most convenient stores are in Inverness where Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and a large Co-operative can be found.  Locally we can pop into the Dundonnell Hotel for some 'light refreshments' or Maggie's Tearoom!


Event Reference No:
34904