Trip to St. Kilda. Sept 2014. Photo: Douglas Law.

Upcoming Events and Trips

RHSoc organises several events throughout each year. The Autumn and Spring Bagger Rambles weekends allow members to gather together for hill bagging and socialising at hostels. In addition, a variety of island bagging and hill bagging trips are arranged, some with accommodation in huts and some with camping or motorhome opportunities.

You can also view past trips, which we may re-run in future. Some include trip reports.

Relative Hills Society Events 2022

To express interest in a trip or to be added to any waiting lists, please email the trip co-ordinator at the email address for each trip. We're also always on the lookout for trip coordinators, so do let us know if you can help and we can explain what's involved.

The following events have been organised by RHSoc Members for Members and Prospective Members and selected by the Events and Trips Committee based on a survey of Members.

Islay - April 2022

This is a spring Bagger Rambles trip -to Port Charlotte YHA - Rescheduled to 1-4 April 2022 (three nights)

Convivial company, some communal meals, boat trip options and hostel accommodation, we hope... All payments for the 2020 trip (and associated boat trips arranged via Alex Cameron) have been carried forward to the new date in 2022. Those affected have received a more detailed email. The hostel is virtually full, but if you are still interested in joining us, please contact Gill Stephens via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk  .

Shropshire - Annual Dinner - May 2022

This will be held on May 28th 2022 in Shifnal - see details.

Upper Park - May 2022

To coincide with the annual dinner.

This elusive Marilyn near Welshpool has had access limited for many years. However, we are in the process of making arrangements with the Estate to have an organised walk to the summit on the afternoon of 28th May when we will be holding the AGM and Dinner in nearby Shifnal. The organiser, Barry Smith says that it is already oversubscribed. This may mean we are not able to accommodate everyone on this occasion, but Barry is going to try and arrange a few extra places with the Estate. He will keep all those who have asked to go updated on progress.  

The Garvellachs  -   June 2022

An islands and Tumps/Hump bagging trip. Thursday, 16th June, 2022. Co-ordinator. Norman Wares.

A boat trip has been arranged with Farsain Cruises, leaving Craobh Haven (NM795077) at 9 a.m. 

The intention is to land on the following islands, bagging all Sibs, Tumps and one Hump if possible. Participants must be comfortable landing on rocks, and as usual the success of the day will depend on tide and weather conditions, with the skipper’s decision being final. 

Eileach an Naoimh : A’Chuli : Garbh Eileach : Dun Chonnuill : Eilean Dubh Beag : Eilean Dubh Mor: Guirasdeal : and if time permits Eilean Arsa on return. 

The cost is likely to be £95 per person, and the trip is open to members of the Relative Hills Society. The capacity of the boat is just 10 plus crew. 

If interested please e-mail -   normanwares@hotmail.com by 25th March, 2022. In the event of oversubscription a ballot system will operate and those successful will be advised and asked to pay a £50 deposit to the RHSoc account (details will be provided). If you are travelling with another please make that known to assist the ballot procedure. 

If there are insufficient numbers the trip will remain open and a decision whether to go ahead will be made nearer the time. 

Sanda Island - June 2022

A trip to Sanda Island has been booked with Venture West for Saturday 18th June 2022. Trip co-ordinator: Steve Gillions.

This trip will depart from Tayinloan, time yet to be advised. Tayinloan is where the Gigha ferry goes from, a few miles down from Kennacraig.  We hope to bag all three tops (Hump, Tump and lighthouse) on the island. The cost will be £105 per head and a total of 12 places are available. The skipper has been asked if landings can also be made on Cara Island, south of Gigha, and Sheep Island to the north of Sanda and he is still considering this. A tender would certainly be required for Sheep and probably for Cara, which would increase the cost. All participants should be competent at landing on rocks in a variety of weather conditions although the Sanda landing is on a jetty. As with all boat trips, the trip will be dependent on weather conditions on the day and the skipper’s decision is final. Would RHSoc Members (or prospective) who can make the date of 18th June please get in touch to check availability and pay the deposit. If the trip is oversubscribed, names/groups of names will be drawn from a hat in the interests of fairness. If you intend to travel with a pal or partner, please make that clear so you aren’t separated.

Please email Steve Gillions to express interest.

Orkney Islands  trips - August 2022

Two trips: 2-4 and 9-11 August 2022. Co-ordinators - Noman Wares and Steve Gillions.

You are invited to join other members on a social island bagging trip over three days. There are 18 Orkney islands not served by the inter-island ferry service: Muckle Green Holm, Helliar Holm, Fara, Linga Holm, Gairsay, Swona, Papa Stronsay, Eynhallow, Cava, Auskerry, Faray, Switha, Copinsay, Holm of Faray, Rysa Little, Muckle Skerry, Calf of Eday and Stronsay.  An arrangement has been made with two local boat operators to visit all these islands- dependent on weather, skipper's decision etc.  of course. Two similar trips are being arranged, with 10 places on each. Not all islands have jetties so members need to make their own assessments of their abilities to land on each of the islands given dynamic wind and tide conditions. Trip participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for accommodation and travel to the jetties, but it may be possible to share with other attendees.  Dates may be changed at short notice if the weather is poor. Norman Wares is Trip Coordinator for the 2-4 August 2022 trip and Steve Gillions is the Coordinator of the 9-11 August 2022 Trip. Total cost is estimated at £300 per person.  Both trips are currently full but it's usual for there to be some changes, so if you want to be added to the waiting list please email Steve Gillions to express interest.

St.Kilda trips - September 2022

September 10th – 14th. Co-ordinator: Rick Salter.

This is our annual trip to the St Kilda Isles (Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray). There is a boat full already (carried over from last year, we had a non-sailing). A second boat will be advertised shortly. A degree of ropework and tender landing experience is essential. 12 persons per boat, with at least one night’s camping on Hirta the highlight for some! Cost to be confirmed by likely to be £340 per person for up to 3 days sailing and island hopping. The 5-day window allows some weather flexibility, sailings with Sea Harris and Kilda Cruises, the top-notch operators out there. Please contact Rick Salter to be added to the waiting list.

Pabbay/Taransay/Scarp - September 2022

Sep 14th or 15th. Co-ordinator: Alastair Govan.
I have a provisional booking with SeaHarris for a day trip from Leverburgh on either Sep 14th or 15th, depending on weather and on a St Kilda which Seamus hopes to run on the other day. The trip will leave at 8am and return about 6.30pm, giving 1.5hrs on Pabbay, 2hrs on Taransay and 2.5hrs on Scarp. The boat takes 12 passengers and the cost will be £110pp if the boat is full. You will need to be available both days. Please email Alastair Govan to express your interest.

Parc Marilyns – September 2022

Sept 16th or 17th. Co-ordinator: Alastair Govan.

The plan is to arrange the trip using the Scaladale Centre boat. The preferred option is to leave a car (previous day) at Ceann Shiphoirt to the N, boat drop off at Rubha Briodog to the S, and traverse the 5 Marilyns starting at Caiteseal. However, this is a long day and if the weather is poor, it may be better to do just 3, finishing with Beinn Mhor and walking out to a boat pick up at Sgaladail Bheag. The boat takes 5 passengers and is likely to cost £20-40pp. The date will be finalised at the time of booking.

Please email Alastair Govan to express your interest.

Mount Manisty (TBA)

This Tump / spoil heap lies between the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal and is approached from the river by boat. Tony Jenkins is hoping to make contact with a local boatman shortly and we will be advising Members when we know a bit more.

2023 Trips in the pipeline

Our 2023 plans are already being developed. Most exciting is a grand plan for a number of days boating off the island of Skye, the target being to link up with the 2023 Annual Dinner meet in late May, when it will be Scotland’s turn to host again. If the dinner is held within a travelling radius of Skye then several trips are possible. Steve Gillions and the Events and Trips sub-group are working on this already. In mind are the following, for 2023:

  • Scalpay and Rona, plus Eilean Tigh and Crowlin Island, NE of Skye (Marilyn and 4 Humps)
  • Soay, and Loch Bracadale Isles: South & West of Skye (1 Hump)

Other trips being considered include:

  • Sula Sgeir and North Rona (Hump way up north of Cape Wrath), co-ordinator Rick Salter.
  • A Shetland Isles Combo – similar to the Orkney trip - coordinator TBC.
  • Kylesku; Edrachillis bay, 10+ isles including Oldany (Hump)
  • Kinlochbervie round to Loch Laxford isles, Steve Gillions with Ullapool boatman Josh
  • And further south, Steep Holm, and Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel

There were, of course, many other targets listed, in the Survey, and if any of you want to organise a trip to any of these, we will provide all the assistance we can.