Easter escape to tranquility (NW Highlands)
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PLEASE NOTE: Arrival time is from 16:00 (just saying this in case of any summer time difference confusion)
30th March to 2nd April 2018
We are going to be based at a recently renovated hostel in the SYHA network for three nights as we explore the area. We are planning to mainly explore on two feet as there is a great selection of walks in the locality, from bimbles round lochs to full on mountain days for the mountain goats in the group.
Check out the tabs below for more information on how to get up here and what to bring.
What's going to happen?
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 to let you know what activities are planned for the weekend.
Saturday & Sunday:
We have a full two days exploring the area, the landscape being a mix of rough coastline with occasional beaches contrasting with a couple of large and well known ranges of mountains just inland from where we are staying.
Mountains! To the south is Torridon with Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe - to the east is the Fisherfield area and An Teallach.
For those of a lower altitude disposition there are walks along various sections of coastline, along Loch Maree and in the Poolewe area.
Inverewe Gardens (£10.50/ free for NTS members)
Glass Bottom sealife boat tours (£18.50)
If the weather turns nasty we could do indoor climbing at the local leisure centre
Or just chill in the Badachro Inn
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.
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. You are advised that you pack extra layers for warmth for when you are out of the hostel, as temperatures at Easter can be anywhere from scorchio to chilly!
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.
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 hostel over the weekend.
There is a small McColls convenience store in Gairloch village. You are advised to do your shopping in Inverness, where Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and the Co-operative all have large stores.