High Tea Meet- Sunday 22nd January

Note: The B974 which is the direct road to Sauchieburn from the A90 is closed at a small bridge a few yards before the hotel so there is no access that way. The best way to get there is to turn left off at the Northwater Bridge and follow this road for approximately 2 km and turn right at the third junction to take you directly to Sauchieburn. See map below.

Latest News

See club journal here

New Year meet on Tuesday 3rd January had 13 members and 1 guest out in Glen Isla.


Claire Richardson presented “Nepal with Raleigh ICS” following the open meeting on Monday 9th January.

Photographic Competition

There will be two new trophies up for grabs this year. For the best photograph, The Brian Coull trophy, kindly donated by William Mather. For the best group of photographs, John & Rita Norrie have kindly donated a trophy.

See the rules at end of the constitution

Please bring your entries (digital - CD, DVD, SD card, or USB memory stick) or analogue (print, 35mm slide) to the High Tea and hand over to Colin. Alternatively email your digital images to colin.sinclair@btinternet.com by 31st January. If submitting a print or 35mm slide, please deliver to Colin before that date, as the judge would prefer these to be scanned into digital format for the presentation.

Annual Banquet and Halloween Party 2016

Halloween parties were part of the club's social calendar for many years, held at the club hut, Whitehaugh. The club gave up Whitehaugh in 2002 so Halloween parties couldn't continue. However in September 2010, a social "banquet" was held at the Carn Dearg hut and the first boules tournament took place. Only 9 members attended. In 2011, it was moved to the end of October and became a boules/banquet/Halloween event and 18 attended. It was held again in 2012 with 18 attending. It was removed from the calendar in 2013 due to the 50th anniversary celebrations, but came back in 2014 and 2015 with 19 attending each. This year, there was a record number of attendees for the modern era - 42 members, ex-members and guests. The reason was the 50th celebrations for John and Rita.

50 years with the club

Congratulations to Rita and John Norrie, who have been club members for 50 years (1966-2016). They joined only 3 years after the club's formation. At the recent social gathering, Rita and John were honoured by the president and presented with a book of memories, consisting of photos and anecdotes supplied and written by club members.

Boules Champions 2016

The annual boules tournament was held on Saturday 29th October at the social gathering at the new Carn Dearg Hut in Glen Clova. As usual, it was keenly contested. The winners were Janet Coull and Nicola Hay and they were presented with the new trophy.

Next Meeting

Monday 6th February. 19:30 at Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting, followed by annual photographic competition. Judge, Graham Wilkinson. Two titles to be won, best photograph and best collection of 5 photos.

Next Day Meet

Sunday 22nd January - High Tea Meet - Fungle Path.
Distance is 19k with ascent of 790m with expected time for the walk being 7 to 8 hours. The club did this a number of years ago for the High Tea meet, which was well written up by a former member on WalkHighlands, see article here The bus will leave the Sauchieburn Hotel at 07:00, drop us off at Aboyne and pick us back up at Tarfside for drop off back at the hotel. Some people have arranged to meet at the Myre carpark at 06:30 to share cars up to Sauchieburn so let Neil know if you're planning to meet there. To book a seat on the bus, please e-mail or text Neil (see Contacts) by 16th January at the latest so he can arrange to get a bigger bus if required. Hopefully the weather will be kind but if weather or underfoot conditions dictate we may need to change to an alternative walk. Please bring crampons and ice axe with you. Bus cost will be £15.

On the High Tea itself, please remember that meals need to be paid for even if you don't turn up. The meal is fully booked and there are 4 people on the reserve list to come to the meal so if you are not coming, please let Willie know ASAP and he will give your place to someone else. see Contacts. Hotel opening at 16:30. High tea at 17:15. Cost £14.

Bob Railton is thinking of an alternative walk to the Rocks of Solitude and anyone intested should meet in the Edzell car park at 11:00. Bob can be contacded by email, bob.railton@tesco.net, and on mobile 07779 863664.

Spring Weekend Meets

The club is now taking bookings for the first two weekends of 2017:-
17-19 February 2017
Corran Ferry bunkhouse Fri & Sat nights) - 12 places booked @ £40. The club has been here several times before and it's a well placed base with a good pub and restaurant close by. Now fully booked. with one on the reserve list. Neil has checked to see if they have any more space but they are showing as fully booked. The bunkhouse at the pub/restaurant, 5 mins walk up the road, has spaces. If anyone else is interested in going let Neil know asap and he can look to book a room at the other bunkhouse

17-19 March 2017
Galloway Activity Centre at Loch Ken in the Galloway Hills (Fri & Sat nights)- 10 places booked @ £34. The club has had 2 previous visits there. There are also various other activities on site if people want to try their hand at other things.
Currently 6 booked.

If you want to book both or either, e-mail or text Neil and he'll reply to let you know he has your booking. After that either pay Clare online or send her a cheque remembering to reference what weekend you're sending money for.

Embroidered Club Clothing

Still available. Contact Debbie & Brian for latest availability and prices at aquarian@tdlmail.co.uk.

Cottage For Rent

Holiday cottage for rent on north coast, see Torrisdale