Here are just a few examples of the great places that DMC use for accommodation on weekend trips.
Bridge of Orchy, Ski Lodge
The DMC Christmas Trip is an essential part of our club calendar and is the one trip you won’t want to miss! Often we stay at the luxurious Glencoe Ski Club hut near Bridge of Orchy. Our communal meal is the full Christmas Dinner (hopefully catering to other dietary requirements too). It’s usually the most popular trip of the year! It’s close enough to Dundee for easy access at this time of year but also right in the heart of the Highlands. The daytime menu includes walking and biking and, with any luck, skiing of various kinds too. The evening menu is full of fun and festive food. It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring together the whole club; walkers, climbers, bikers, skiers and the rest. Partners and family are most welcome on this trip, but remember to book and pay for your place as soon as possible to guarantee your space.
Seeing in the New Year with DMC in a remote mountain hut is a great experience. The daylight hours are short at this time of year so spend a few hours on the hills or in the glen then come back to a wee cottage with a real fire, a hearty meal and a few drams of your favourite tipple. It will be available for a few nights before and after Hogmanay so you’ve plenty of time to relax, get away from it all, and enjoy one of the most spectacular parts of Scotland.
What can I do there?
It’s between Fort William and Glenfinnan (famous for the Harry Potter viaduct)
so there’s plenty to do in the area:
mountain biking: http://www.mtbtrails.info/Trail_main_page.aspx
http://www.glenfinnan.org.uk/what_do_content.asp?id=1462 and google
winter climbing: http://scottishwinterroutes.com/
What’s the accommodation?
Bunks for 14, toilets and showers, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, lounge area.
Braemar Youth Hostel
Location map: http://binged.it/1ATcGh4 (AB35 5YQ)
Facilities: the hostel has full facilities: bed linen, showers, drying room, lounge, dining room, full kitchen, bike storage, and so on. There are some dorms and some family rooms.
Activities: some walking suggestions: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/braemar.shtml Skiing: Glenshee and The Lecht are close by, plus Nordic and Mountaineering skiing can be done in the area.
Inbhirfhaolain, Glen Etive
Inbhirfhaolain Hut in Glen Etive.
Location map: http://binged.it/1ATlROD
Facilities: the hut has a cozy sitting room with wood-burning stove, a separate kitchen with utensils, fridge, electric cooker and microwave, an upstairs bedroom with mattress, heaters and dehumidifier. Take a warm sleeping bag and pillow.
Activities: some walking suggestions: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/glencoe.shtml
The bunkhouse is near Aviemore in the Cairngorm National Park. This is a superb location at any time of year!
Location map: http://binged.it/1ATr4WE (PH23 3AX)
Facilities: dormitories, bring your own sleeping bag. Hot showers, sauna, drying room, kitchen.
Activities: some walking suggestions: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/aviemore.shtml and skiing at http://www.cairngormmountain.org/ Cross-country skiing in Glenmore forest. More mountain biking opportunities than you can shake sticks at.
Àite Cruinnihidh hostel
The hostel is near Roybridge, close to the Grey Corries and the Nevis Range. It’s also close to the mountains around Creag Meagaidh.
Location map: http://binged.it/1ATsC2S (PH31 4AW)
Facilities: the hostel is warm and comfortable with an excellent kitchen and hot showers. There’s 5 rooms of 4 beds, one six, a twin and a double/family room.
Activities: some walking suggestions: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/spean-bridge.shtml and skiiing at Nevis Range http://snowsports.nevisrange.co.uk/.
The hut is in Crianlarich, surrounded by some of the most impressive mountains in the central highlands.
Location map: http://binged.it/1ATu19G
Facilities: dormitories for 8 and 10; take a sleeping bag. Showers, small drying room, kitchen.
Activities: some walking suggestions: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/arrochar.shtml (check from Crianlarich as Arrochar is a bit further away)
The hut is near Loch Coruisk in the Black Cuillin mountain range on the Isle of Skye. It’s in a really unique location on the coastline of the island, completely isolated from roads and surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Cuillin. Access to the hut is by boat from Elgol or by an interesting walk around the coast. Mountain biking opportunities are limited to the glen through to Sligachan but the real interest is for walkers, scramblers and climbers. An easy walk from the hut is a hill with possibly the
Location map: http://binged.it/1ATuicD
Getting there: by boat from Elgol, or a long walk around the coast including the “Bad Step”
Facilities: basic accommodation for 9, take a sleeping bag
Activities: some suggestions: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/cuillin.shtml