Holiday Weekend Reports

We’ve had some great holiday weekends recently! Here’s a round up of some of the trips from our members.


Killarney June 2016

17 members of AYR plus 6 members of U3A Belfast and Lisburn. Flying to Cork and then by transport to “Aghadoe” a small village close to Killarney town. We stayed at Killarney Youth Int. Hostel, a large former mansion house offering us good facilities for the 5 day stay.

We walked in various areas over the weekend , the main walk on Saturday was a difficult and challenging walk up one of the peaks in the Macgillycuddy,s Reeks mountain range. Everyone who walked returned very tired but very happy to have achieved this wonderful Munro plus.

Sunday we walked through the Gap of Dunloe , it rained all day and we walked for many hours, but very enjoyable .After a short break for lunch we then went on a small boat with an outboard motor attached over lochs etc for about one and a half hours. Very exciting, very wet naturally, and of course outside comfort zone.of some of us. But typical AYR and U3A we all got on with it.

Sunday after another walk we all dined out at the local Pub and Restaurant, a most enjoyable evening, plenty of lemonades, plus good craic.

A special thanks to the members of AYR and U3A who organised the walking.

As usual a very warm Irish welcome from the Hostel and the local pub/restaurant.


Lagganlia Sept 2016

15 members attended this weekend, with a very warm welcome from the staff on arrival. This is a very beautiful part of Scotland, and the weather over the 4 days was very good.

Plenty of walking was achieved to suit everyone , and meals in together were very social and we dined out on Sunday night.

Thanks to those members who organised the walks.

This was the last weekend trip from AYR in 2016 and I hope those who attended enjoyed themselves.

A special thanks for the advice and guidance given by certain members during the year .

Planning for 2017 is underway.


Lagganlia,   April  2017

Another successful weekend, with a great bunch of members joining together to enjoy the walking to suit all abilities, the singing,  weather as ordered great, the Lodge was well equipped.  We dined out on Sunday night ,good food, great location and of plenty of good conversation.

We returned home on Monday, with another Munro completed on the way home by some of the members.

We look forward to the final weekend for 2017 away in September on the island of Rum.


Backpacking Weekend, June 2017 – Glen Shiel to Cluanie via Glen Quoich

The weather on this year’s backpack didn’t quite live up to the glorious sunshine we enjoyed last year in Torridon, and no doubt the rainy forecast contributed to the high drop-out rate as the weekend approached.   However, a small, hardy group braved the elements and ventured into the remote back country of Glen Quoich.   Seldom visited and overlooked by a dozen towering munros, this really is an area for those who relish the wilderness which Scotland has to offer.   We only came across two other people on the whole trip, but a surprising number of highland cattle which seem to thrive on the rough ground.

The weekend was by no means a total washout, and in fact we enjoyed a glorious sunset on the Friday night from our camp high up on the Bealach Duibh Leac – a fitting reward for all the effort of climbing fully laden to 725 metres above sea level.   The views were quite memorable (see the pictures, below).   The rain set in later in the weekend, but even then we were still able to see the mountains for much of the time.     By late on Sunday the rivers were in spate (fortunately we didn’t need to cross any !), which also made for dramatic scenery.   On Sunday night we camped by a thundering waterfall just a few hundred metres from the Cluanie Inn, where we enjoyed an extended pub stop.   After our exertions there was absolutely no guilt about treating ourselves to a high calorie bar meal and a pint or two.




Isle of Rum, September 2017

Rum Island Weekend was a great success, apart from a few minor issues.

The crossing on Friday was very rough which resulted in a few being sick – no wonder. But like true brave AYR members they carried on regardless.

Due to me sleeping in on Friday morning three of us missed the boat, so we eventually crossed over on Saturday, very calm crossing I must add.

Rum is very special in so many ways.  No doubt we will be back in the future.