Newsletter | March to July 2017


Members with email – The AYR Programme and Newsletter were sent out by email at 2:12 pm on 18th February.   If you haven’t received them please let us know through the contact us page.   If you have received a paper copy of this Newsletter, it is because we don’t have a valid email address for you, or because you have opted to receive a paper copy.

Please ensure that we have your preferred email address, and advise us of any changes using the contact us page.



Slide Show, 2nd March 2017

There will be a digital photo presentation at 7.30 pm on 2nd March at the Guide HQ, 33 Melville Street. This will allow the three members who were unable to show their presentations last December a chance to do so. There will be time for others to show their pictures too – please contact Graeme if you are interested.    Presenters are asked to keep to 15 minutes.   Come and experience the Club’s new projector!   We will be asking for a contribution of £2 per person on the night, to help defray the cost of hiring the hall. Please be prompt.

High Tea, 12th March 2017

The annual High Tea will take place following the walk on Sunday 12th March at the Carfraemill Hotel.   (Not 19th March as previously advised). Tickets (£14, not including bus fare) are now on sale.

Special arrangements apply to the private bus on the day, which will not be part of the normal booking system.   Bob will be taking names of those wishing to go on the bus; members going to the High Tea will have priority, but this will not give them priority on the following bookable bus.   The bus will depart from Queen Street by route G and there will be A, B and C walks in the Carfraemill/Earlston area. Following the walks the bus will proceed to Carfraemill for the High Tea, and will return to Edinburgh at the end of the evening.   Any members wishing to attend the High Tea without coming on the walks are welcome to do so, provided they have bought a ticket (so we know how many are coming).   They would need to make their own way to Carfraemill by car, as public transport is not convenient.



April 14th to 17th  Lagganlia. Fully booked

Can anyone who is attending who may have spare capacity in their car and are prepared to give someone a lift please contact Kyle.

 September 15th to 18th Island of Rum

We have booked the Community Hostel for sole use. and we require 20 people to attend to make it very reasonably priced at £20.50 per night. The Ferry departs at 8.35 in the morning so most members I would imagine will stay overnight; Mallaig Backpackers is excellent .

Anyone with spare capacity in their vehicle who is prepared to give someone a lift please let us know.

Backpacking Weekend – Friday 9th to Monday 12th June – Glen Shiel to Cluanie Inn

Like last year, this year’s backpack will follow well established tracks through the midst of a mountainous area, with majestic scenery all around.   Over four days we will head from west to east, starting below the Five Sisters of Kintail in Glen Shiel, and then heading round the south side of the South Cluanie Ridge to remote Glen Quoich.   We then head over to Loch Cluanie and finish at the Cluanie Inn, where hopefully we will have time for some well earned refreshments.

The total distance is very short – at under 17 miles – which should give ample time for those so inclined to ascend one or two of the many munros that line the route on both sides.   Otherwise, plenty of time for relaxing in the tent !

However, in order to get to this remote area we need to do a couple of stiff climbs.   The total ascent is 1200 metres, with the initial climb to the Bealach Duibh Leac (grid ref 968112) accounting for 700 metres of this.   But there is a good path up here, and hopefully we should be fairly fresh at this stage.   If the weather is anything like last year, the views from the ridge should be a good reward for our efforts.   Much of the middle section of the walk, through Glen Quoich, is relatively flat.

The June backpack is a great way of exploring some of the remoter areas of Scotland, and we hope this year’s route will appeal to those who are wanting to give it a go, as well as seasoned campers.   Do feel free to contact me or any others who have been on previous trips if you want any advice on what to bring.   Remember, you may be able to cut down the weight considerably if you are able and willing to share a tent, stove etc. with someone !

Travel will probably be by the Glasgow / Skye bus service, which passes through Glen Shiel.   However we’ll need to await the publication of summer timetables to confirm this.   It would be helpful if you could let us know in advance if you are thinking of coming.




All meetings are at the Guide premises, 33 Melville Street, unless stated otherwise.

Thursday 2nd March 2017 Hall Slide Show
Sunday 12th March 2017 Carfraemill Hotel High Tea
Thursday 27th April 2017, 19:00* Room 1 Walks Subcommittee
Thursday 18th May 2017, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting
Thursday 17th August 2017, 19:00* Room 1 Walks Subcommittee
Thursday 21st September, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting
Thursday 5th October 2017, 19:30 Hall AGM
Thursday 26th October 2017, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting




As of August 1st 2017 there will be the following vacancies on the Committee:

  • The Chair
  • Two ordinary Committee members, one of whom should preferably be willing to undertake the organisation and running of the Social Committee.
  • The Programme Convener

We need members who are willing to help with the running of the Club; those interested should make themselves known to the Chair or to any Committee member.



D walks will be offered from time to time as an alternative to B or B+ walks on Sunday service buses. D walks are walks of 5-7 miles, taken at a leisurely pace; maximum 90mins (and preferably less) travel to start and from end of walk. Ideally they will be 4-5 hours walking including stops, and will include stops of 5-10 minutes along the route to enjoy points of interest (history/geography/nature etc). They will cover reasonably level ground and follow good tracks and paths.