Backabush is going back to Scotland to visit the ISLE OF ARRAN!
The Isle of Arran has often been described as the best of Scotland compressed into a single small island. Although only 20 miles long and 10 miles wide this magical isle is blessed with superb mountains. Goat Fell dominates the skyline and coupled with a rugged and mountainous landscape in the north and gently rolling hills in the south, the island is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. But that’s not all. On the island you’ll also find pretty villages, ancient castles, prehistoric standing stones and a richness of crafts, food, drink, history and culture.
Our plan is to fly into Glasgow and then drive to the ferry port of Ardrossan on the mainland from where we set sail for Arran. We will then enjoy 4 nights in a lovely hostel booked for our exclusive use. Classic walks on the Isle of Arran include:
Goatfell - the summit of Arran
Cock of Arran - superb coastal hiking
Whiting Bay, Glenashdale Falls & Machrie Moor Stone Circles
The Isle of Arran is alive with wildlife, mountains, beaches, lovely countryside and much more waiting for us to discover. Come and see 'Scotland in Miniature' as they locals call it.
It is especially good that we have managed to arrange to visit the Isle of Arran in June, at the absolute best time of year when the days are wonderfully long. Any earlier and the summit of Goatfell could still be dangerously clad in snow, while any later and we will be bothered by midges (tiny biting flies) which can hatch out and swarm in the summer.
The ascent of Goatfell involves over 800m of ascent (sometimes steep) and some minor scrambling. This trip is fairly challenging. We will hike some rugged mountain terrain and a reasonable level of fitness will be necessary.
If you would like to enjoy a week long holiday in Scotland with more mountain adventures, this trip can be combined with our trip to Ben Nevis:
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
4 nights quality, hostel accommodation (we will sleep in comfortable dorms booked exclusively for our group)
All transport in Scotland (including ferry crossings) and airport transfers from Glasgow.
Guided hikes by trained Mountain Leaders (MLTE) and qualified first aiders.
Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
Food - our accommodation will have self catering facilities.
Restaurant or pub meals - Scotland is well know for its unique and hearty food.
Recommended flights - Now on sale, currently £57 return.
The meeting point will be at Glasgow Airport on Saturday 3 June. We will drop you off at Glasgow Airport on Wednesday 7 June.
Our airport transfers will be timed to meet the following flights:
• OUTBOUND - Saturday 3 June
easyJet flight EZY209
Departs - 12:30 London Stansted
Arrives - 13:45 Glasgow
• INBOUND - Wednesday 7 June
easyJet flight EZY212
Departs - 15:35 Glasgow
Arrives - 16:55 London Stansted
IF YOU CHOOSE TO BOOK ALTERNATIVE FLIGHTS MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 13:45 ON 3 JUNE (WE HAVE A FERRY TO CATCH!) AND DEPART NO EARLIER THAN 15:35 ON 7 JUNE.
Alternatively Virgin Trains operates direct services between London Euston station and Glasgow Central station, with regular bus connection to Glasgow Airport.
Tickets can be booked 13 weeks in advance. If you travel by train please allow enough time to travel to/from the meeting point at Glasgow Airport.
Your RSVP alone does not secure your place. To confirm your place on this trip please use internet banking. The account details are:
Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS
Please email [masked] as soon as you make payment so that we can secure your bed at the accommodation and confirm everything with you. Thanks. :)
IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.
We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx
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Eileen wade. I'm just an out door girl, who loves hiking swimming, cycling and meeting new people.
I love hiking and exploring the outdoors with like minded people!
I love a stroll in the countryside in good company
I enjoy walking and love great scenery and great company
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