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Highland Hogmanay 2017 / Oidhche na Bliadhn Ùir ard-thir (33301)

Event Overview

SYHA Torridon

Friday 29th December 2017 - Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Join us for FOUR nights in the stunning north west highland location of Torridon to welcome 2018 in Scottish style!  We'll be having a traditional ceilidh, a wee bit of a party and possibly even a little walking.

Our venue this year is one we have visited before, and is a favourite hostel for many ODLers, with plenty of space and an enviable location between the foot of Liathach and the shores of Loch Torridon.  It's a quintessential scottish glen with mountains rearing up on either side of an unspoi...

SYHA Torridon

Friday 29th December 2017 - Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Join us for FOUR nights in the stunning north west highland location of Torridon to welcome 2018 in Scottish style!  We'll be having a traditional ceilidh, a wee bit of a party and possibly even a little walking.

Our venue this year is one we have visited before, and is a favourite hostel for many ODLers, with plenty of space and an enviable location between the foot of Liathach and the shores of Loch Torridon.  It's a quintessential scottish glen with mountains rearing up on either side of an unspoilt glen with a single track road leading down to the sea, and you might even spot a sea eagle - the UKs largest bird of prey.

Our plan for the long weekend that we have in the area is to explore the mountains and glens, and make the most of the highland surroundings to #GetOutMore!

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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. Packing additional layers is recommended as average daytime temperatures usually hover about freezing point.  There may also be snow on the tops of the mountains - if you intend participating in mountain activity to reach the tops, you may need to be prepared with crampons and ice axe due to icy conditions that often prevail at this time of year.

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

Saturday, Sunday & Monday 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 three days.

Saturday:

A day of getting out and about is planned, if the weather and underfoot conditions allow we can get up a mountain, otherwise there are many lower options available.

Sunday:

We should have a full days walking planned, with high and low level options to cater for differing abilities. We will get you back to the hostel by around half 4 to allow you to relax before getting ready for the traditional Hogmanay celebrations, and it will be no surprise that the party goes on well into the wee hours of the morning.

Monday:

An easier day will probably be planned to allow the headaches from the night before to calm down, again there should be a couple of options of activities.

Tuesday:

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.

Evening activities

Saturday:

The theme for this year is being tweaked.... watch this space for updates!

Sunday:

On Hogmanay itself it is customary to dress smart, you may choose to go the whole hog and get yourself sorted with a kilt - you don't have to be scottish to wear one!

Getting to the hostel

By public transport:

Take the train to Strathcarron on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line and then bus 702 to Torridon. Please note you will need to plan your journey well in advance to take account of seasonal timetables. We may be able to arrange pick-ups from the station - please speak to the Event Leader in advance.

By road from Glasgow:

Head east out of the city on the M8 and join the M80 to Stirling.  This becomes the M9 at Stirling and continue on the A9 signposted Perth, Inverness and then Wick. At the roundabout with the A835 turn left signposted Ullapul / Ullapool. At the junction with the A832 turn left signposted Geàrrloch / Gairloch. At the junction with the A896 turn left signpostedSìldeag / Shieldaig. After 25 miles turn right onto a minor road signposted Torridon. The hostel is a short distance ahead on the right.
By road from Edinburgh: Leave the M90 at junction 10 and take the A9 signposted Inverness and then Wick. At the roundabout with the A835 turn left signposted Ullapul / Ullapool. At the junction with the A832 turn left signpostedGeàrrloch / Gairloch. At the junction with the A896 turn left signposted Sìldeag / Shieldaig. After 25 miles turn right onto a minor road signposted Torridon. The hostel is a short distance ahead on the right.

Facilities in the area

Torridon has a small store and cafe, as well as the award winning Torridon Inn a short walk away.  The nearest supermarkets can be found in Inverness.

Want to extend your stay?

If you have the time off work between Christmas and New Year, why not travel north and extend your stay at the hostel.  Torridon hostel is offering reduced rates of £15 pppn for stays between 26th and 28th December.  

Contact the hostel direct to book - 01445 791284


Event Reference No:
33301