One week of medium-difficulty hiking in the remote highlands of Scotland. We'll fly together from Munich to Edinburgh, then drive a minibus up to the north coast. There we'll stay in an 18th-century lodge which is exclusively ours for the week.
There are 12 places available, open to Munich residents. This is a non-commercial trip and everyone pays equal share of the travel, accommodation, and food costs. Every morning we'll cook a full Scottish breakfast, then we'll head to the mountains for a day of hiking. We'll take packed lunches during the day, and in the evenings we'll cook dinner together at the house. After dinner we can chill at the house, or go to the nearby village pub, or the brave can go swimming on the beach. A good level of fitness is required, along with previous mountain hiking experience.
We will stay all 7 nights in Balnakeil House. This house was built in 1744 by the Mackay Clan and is now a category-A listed building. It is not quite a castle, but it is close. The house is located immediately next to a large sandy beach, and is less than an hour's drive from some of Scotland's most remote mountains and beautiful scenery. Every room has a view of the mountains or the sea.
There are nine bedrooms which can be configured as doubles, singles, or twins. There's also a large shared kitchen, dining room, lounge, five bathrooms, and a laundry room. The house will be exclusively ours for the week.
The itinerary below is provisional only. Subject to change depending on weather and other unpredictable factors. Sunrise and sunset times will be 04:10 hrs to 22:30 hrs.
See the all the hiking route details on Google Maps:
This is a non-commercial trip, there is no fee for organisation, and everyone pays equal share for travel, accommodation, and food costs. Everyone will book and pay for their flight independently.
Everyone should pay €490 each in advance to James for the house and minibus. The breakdown of this cost is as follows:
A KLM.com flight, if booked early, costs about €310 per person. Flights with easyJet.com can be cheaper but the timings are not so convenient. Everyone should book their own flight, deciding on which times and prices they prefer. It is important, however, to arrive at Edinburgh Airport before 13:00 hrs on the first Saturday.
A further €190 will be due one week before the trip. This is to cover food and the house damage deposit. Within a week of returning to Munich we'll do an "Abrechnung" and any remaining deposit is returned. Alcohol is bought individually.
The group size is limited to 12 people. So far we are 7 definites, plus a few maybes. We are a mix of British, American, German, Russian, Georgian, and Belorussian. Age range around 29 to 44 years. To join, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a message via Facebook. There will be an evening drinks pre-meetup in Munich sometime in October 2015 so that everyone can meet each other. Date and venue to be decided, see the participation vote on Doodle.
See photos from the similar trip in May 2015 »