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16-18 February 2018 Weekend Meet - Lochgoilhead Activity Centre, Arrochar

Stayed at the Scout Association’s National Outdoor Centre in 2 chalets, with full board.
16 attended (14 members and 2 guests), though only 14 stayed.
Fairly good day with cloud drifting in and out of the tops. Light winds.
Cnoc Coinnich (762m)
A recently promoted Corbett, just above Lochgoilhead. A group of 7 followed the Cowal Way up through Glen Donich, then cut up to the hill. Good views on top right down the Clyde estuary. Thoughts of a longer ridge walk went by the way, due to deep soft snow, so the group circled back via a westerly ridge. 10.5km, 820m ascent, 6 hours.
Ben Vorlich (943m)
Another member and guest arrived in time for breakfast, then a group of 6 drove round to Inveruglas, left 09:30, back at cars at 17:20. Clear all day on the hill. Deep snow. 13km, 990m ascent.
Loch Goil Coastal Walk
A group of 3 headed south down the track towards the end of the Goil peninsula. A long walk 16km, 700m ascent. One member did a bit extra by climbing to the Duke’s pass – an extra 5km and 300m ascent. Left 9:40, back 15:15 and 16:45.

Sunday Weather closed in. Very low cloud and much warmer. Rain spread in by 13:00.
Loch Goil Coastal Walk
A group of 5 headed south for a few hours.
Beinn Luibhean (858m)
One member climbed this. No views and a tricky descent in fog/snow. 6km 800m ascent. Left 9:30, back 13:20.
Dumgoyne (427m)
2 members went to Dumgoyne, the bump on the end of the Campsie Fells. Left 12:00, back 13:20. 4km, 420m ascent. No views, up in the clouds. And a visit to Glengoyne Distillery shop!
The other members headed home.

Sunday 11th February 2018 - Day Meet - Glen Clunie

2 cars left from Forfar at 07:10, meeting up with another car at Spittal of Glenshee. The promised dump of fresh snow hadn’t occurred (instead falling further south), so the A93 was open. However, the planned meet to An Socach was cancelled due to the soft snow conditions. Instead a circular ascent of the Corbett, Creag nan Gabhar (834m) was done from Auchallater car park. The group left at 08:50, and headed up the landrover track to Lochcallater Lodge, where a short break was taken in the MBA bothy. The route then climbed to Bealach Buidhe and over the flat top. Going was hard in deep soft snow and a biting NW wind. There another break was taken among some peat hags with spindrift filling the sandwiches, as there was no shelter beyond this point. It was then a short pull up to the summit, where the views were stunning. However, it wasn’t a day for hanging around, so the group dropped down the long north ridge to Sron Dubh with fabulous views northwards to the Cairngorms. We reached the cars at 15:00. Distance 13.5km, ascent 530m, time: 6 hours 10 minutes. A fine clear day with good views. Very cold NW wind with a lot of spindrift. Many mountain hares and large flocks of grouse spotted. The group headed to “The Bothy” in Braemar for refreshments afterwards.

Monday 5th February 2018 - Open Meeting

19:30 at Forfar Fire Station. A big turnout. After the open meeting, the results of the annual photographic competition were presented by judge James Anderson. 57 images were received from 13 entrants. The winner of the best collection was Nicola Baillie, with a selection from her recent trip to Peru. Nicola was absent, but will be presented with the Norrie trophy. The winner of the best photograph was Linda Sinclair, with a stunning sunset over the Skye Cuillin. Linda was presented with the Brian Coull Trophy. Graham thanked James for his work and presented him with a collection of Brewdog beer.
See all entries and winning photographs in the following links. Note that to get information on the photo (who took it, date etc), click the "i" circle in top right of the photo. Only JPG files carry extra information. PNG files have no information. Photos have been uploaded at a lower resolution than originals to save space and quicken viewing. Apologies for failing to enter Clare’s photos into the photo competition. Her email got lost amongst all the high tea emails. Sorry, Clare. However, her photos have been added to the list all entries, so you can view them too.
All entries: view here
Winning photo: "to be added"
Winning Collection: "to be added"

Linda's Winning Photo

Nicola's Winning Collection : 1



Next Meeting and AGM: Monday 5 March

19:30 at Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting followed by the AGM. Any proposed changes to the Constitution should be sent to Carolyn by letter or email at least one week prior to the meeting. See contact details

Next Day Meet : Sunday 11 March - Stob Binnien & Ben More, Balquidder

Details of the walk to follow.

Next Weekend Meet : 16-18 March - Mill Cottage - Glen Feshie

2 nights - 14 spaces - £20 - 3 or 4 spaces left (as at 6th Feb). (Full cottage booking but campers can share facilities). If wanting to book, please drop Neil an email or text (see contact details). For Mill Cottage, see

Weekend Meets 2018

Booking for the following 2 weekends are now open with details as below. If wanting to book, please drop Neil an email or text (see contact details). Of those who regularly attend weekends, Neil would also appreciate if you can drop him an e-mail to let him know if you're not planning on coming to a particular weekend due other commitments as he knows that some people have holidays booked. This will allow him to judge numbers and try to cancel any unused beds well in advance with the bunkhouses etc so the club doesn't end up paying for unused beds, as we made a small loss at Peebles.

4 - 7 May - Tongue Youth Hostel 3 nights - 24 spaces - 23 already booked (as at 6th Feb). £72 for 3 nights. See

22 - 25 June - Inverie bunkhouse - Knoydart
3 nights - 25 spaces (full bunkhouse booking)- £59. 15 places already booked (as at 6th Feb). Booking only open to club members at moment, although several guests have expressed an interest. See
Please note Inverie require a ferry crossing from Mallaig. There are several ferries a day including Sundays but last from Mallaig looks to be 18:15 on the Friday for anyone arriving late. Ferry cost per return is £20.

Neil is happy to opening these up to guests closer to the time as suspect we will have some spare places on some of them.

Embroidered Club Clothing

Still available. Contact Debbie & Brian for latest availability and prices at

Cottage For Rent

Holiday cottage for rent on north coast, see Torrisdale