Backabush is going back to Scotland to visit the ISLE OF MULL!
The Isle of Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebredies (after Skye) and its rugged mountains and wild peninsulas make it a dream destination for adventurous hikers. This irregularly shaped island covers over 800 sq km is fringe with dramatic cliffs along most of its convoluted coastline. With less than 3000 inhabitants in this vast space it gives us a clue as to why Mull is loved for its wild nature, which is also home to sea eagles, otters, seals and red deer. Dolphins are often spotted frolicking in the surf off shore.
Our plan is to fly into Glasgow and then drive to the ferry port of Oban on the mainland from where we set sail for Mull. We will then enjoy 4 nights in a lovely hostel booked for our exclusive use.
Classic walks on the Isle of Mull include:
Ben More - the summit of Mull
Dùn da Ghaoithe ridge - a superb ridge hike
Carsaig Arches - spectacular and challenging coastal hiking
The Isle of Mull also offers lovely beaches, pretty settlements and a number of fascinating historic sights. This is a delightful Scottish Isle which is worthy of many more days of exploration but our relatively short visit will offer us a little glimpse of its special beauty.
It is especially good that we have managed to arrange to visit the Isle of Mull in June, at the absolute best time of year when the days are wonderfully long. Any earlier and the summit of Ben More 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 hiking on Mull (both mountain and coastal) is rugged and very demanding. This is a challenging trip which is likely to involve scrambling and exposure to steep drops. It is best suited to fit and experienced hikers with a head for heights.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
4 nights quality, hostel accommodation. We will sleep in comfortable dorms. The hostel has been booked for exclusive use by our group.
All transport in Scotland (including ferry crossings) and airport transfers from Glasgow.
Guided hikes. Our leaders are Mountain Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) (MLTE) trained 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 under £69 return.
The meeting point will be at Glasgow Airport on Wednesday 12 June. We will drop you off at Glasgow Airport on Sunday 16 June.
Our airport transfers will be timed to meet the following flights:
• OUTBOUND - Wednesday 12 June
easyJet flight EZY883
Departs - 08:55 London Gatwick
Arrives - 10:25 Glasgow
• INBOUND - Sunday 16 June
easyJet flight EZY882
Departs - 19:30 Glasgow
Arrives - 21:00 London Gatwick
IF YOU CHOOSE TO BOOK ALTERNATIVE FLIGHTS MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 10:25 ON 12 JUNE (WE HAVE A FERRY TO CATCH!) AND DEPART NO EARLIER THAN 19:30 ON 16 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