Easter in the Highlands
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The Central Highlands for Easter - THREE nights.
We are visiting a relatively new hostel in the upper Speyside area of the highlands for 2024, in the lesser visited village of Dalwhinnie - most traffic just passes by on the A9. The main claim to fame is that the distillery in the village is the highest in Scotland - the village sits at an altitude of 350m.
We will be getting out and about on two feet exploring the area - there are a good number of hills in the area big and small - there are four munros that we can walk to from the hostel. Other easier options in the area include Glen Truim and a nearby walk that stops by the centre of Scotland. Alternatively if the rain gets a bit heavy we could always drop into the distillery for a dram or two...
A few miles away is Laggan Wolftrax, a popular venue for mountain bikers, unless a MTB leader signs up there's nothing planned, but you are welcome to bring a bike if that's your thing.
Dogs: Sorry, this event is not suitable for dogs.
Photos: All photographs taken by AMD.
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What to bring
The main activity on offer over the weekend will be walking. At this time of year the weather could do anything from spring sunshine to late winter snows, so check the forecast before you head north and pack accordingly.
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walkers should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.
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.
Head Torch: Always essential at any time of year, and bring spare batteries or a spare torch
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. Be imaginative, but please be considerate with how much food you are bringing as we aren't feeding the Royal Regiment of Scotland!
Saturday & Sunday breakfast and dinner is included in the event price, along with Monday breakfast.
Please bring your own lunches.
Tea & Coffee at the hostel is included in the event price.