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.

Corona Virus Update

Due to changing public health restrictions associated with Covid-19, all trips remain under constant review by the Committee. However, we recognise the importance our members place on trips and events and are committed to running events where at all possible, even in modified form.

You can contact the Committee for more information at any time by emailing rhsoc@rhsoc.uk.  

Relative Hills Society Events 2021/2022

Last updated 30 August 2021 with new August 2022 Orkney islands trip. AGM and Dinner details recently updated to include talk by Alan Dawson on his book, 'High Hills of Britain'.

See the Relative Chatters page for a preview of the Autumn 2021 Relative Chatters Programme . 

The following events have been organised by RHSoc Members for Members and Prospective Members:

If there is a further event/trip that you are interested in and/or may be happy to help organise, please contact Denise McLellan on rhsoc@rhsoc.uk. 

Summer Isles SIB bagging, Ullapool - 12 and 13 July 2021- Trip successful- trip account to follow

This two day Summer Isles boat trip with Josh, Skipper, has been rescheduled and, for weather reasons, is no longer linked to the Annual Dinner date. The plan is to visit 16 islands.  Everything remains weather and Covid dependent!  The trip is currently full but you can add your name to the waiting list and your name will also be carried forward to a planned repeat trip in 2022. If interested, please contact Steve Gillions via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk

Boat Trip To Cruach Scarba (Marilyn, North end of Jura) - 22 July 2021 - Trip successful

An island-bagging day trip from Black Mill Bay on Luing, hopefully landing at island jetty with kind support from the island's owner. Weather/ Covid dependent. One island only to be visited. Exceptionally good value! This trip is now full but you can add your name to the waiting list- which will help with the arrangement of future trips.  Contact Phil Massey via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk to express an interest.

Boat Trip to Sanda: 19 August, 2021 .    Trip successful

There was lots of interest when Rick flagged up a possible daytrip to the hump on Sanda Isle, actually enough for several boats. Rick has found a boatman, Sandy Campbell of Venture West and agreed a date and a backup: 19 August  2021 and the 27 August 2021. The trip is weather and Covid dependent. When Rick has firm prices he will write out to the folk that contacted him and invite first comers to pay a deposit to RHSoc funds. Please contact Rick Salter via RHSoc@rhsoc.uk to be added to the list. 

Boat Trip to Bishop 'Marilyn' Isles, South of Barra, Outer Hebrides: 7 September 2021:  -  Trip successful

A day trip to the Bishop islands (with Marilyns) has been arranged with Angus of Hebidean Seatours. Cost approximately £75pp. Weather/ Covid dependent. The actual date will be dependent on the weather,  which will be assessed in the days leading up to the trip but a window of 5-8 September 2021 is available. The first boat of 12 is now full but the waiting list is nearly enough to fill a second boat on the same or another day, so please get in touch if interested (especially if you would be willing to coordinate the second boat). Contact Alastair Govan via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk to express an interest.

Inbhirfhaolain Hut, Glen Etive - Friday 10 to Saturday 11 September 2021

This is the weekend before the annual dinner/AGM. This Grampian club hut (OS GR NN158507), 7 miles from the junction of the Tyndrum- Glencoe junction, offers a low carbon option to explore the Glencoe and Glen Etive Hills. It's basic but comfortable, sleeping 13 upstairs on a double sleeping platforms supplied with mattresses.

For more details on the hut and how to book - see our page: Inbhirfhaolain Hut Trip, Glen Etive.

 

Shiants trip: September 2021

Gill Stephens is arranging a trip to the Shiant Isles in September 2021 - see here for details.

Trip successful

 

Trip to Scarp, Taransay and Pabbay, Outer Hebrides: 10-14 September 2021 date TBC 

There is an opportunity for a possible day trip to these three Marilyn islands. It would have to fit around the St Kilda trip, the Shiants trip and the skipper's other commitments so it’s dependent on availability, covid and weather, and might only happen if weather scuppers the St Kilda trip. The decision will probably be at short notice i.e. one or two days, but it will not clash with the St Kilda or Shiants trips.

The Sea Harris boat, ‘Enchanted Isle’ (same boat as the St Kilda and Shiant trips) would leave Leverburgh at 8am, returning about 6.30pm with ca 1.5hrs on Pabbay, 2hrs on Taransay and 2.5hrs on Scarp. The boat takes 12 and the cost will be £100pp if the boat is full.

If interested, please contact Alastair Govan via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk

St Kilda Isles (Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray) from Leverburgh, Harris: 10-14 September 2021 and 20-24 September 2021

Three boat trips, each for 12 people, are now booked to -hopefully- bag the St Kilda Islands’ Marilyns (i.e. excluding the Stacs) in September 2021, @c£350 pp all in for boats, camping, access. Deposits required.  If you want to join the waiting list, it's still possible you could get a place for September 2021. You can also add your name to list for the planned 2022 trip(s). Weather and Covid- regulation dependent.  RHSoc Members only trip. To book or ask questions, contact Rick Salter via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk

Annual Dinner and AGM Saturday 18th September 2021

Venue : The Moorings Hotel, Banavie, Fort William

The AGM will be held at 5.00pm, for all RHSoc members, followed by the Annual Dinner for members and guests, gathering at 7.00pm for drinks and chatter. The shortlisted photos from the 2020 Annual Photo competition will be on display, and there will be the opportunity  for everyone to help in the selection of the winning photos and runners up.

After the dinner, there will be an awards presentation, followed by time to socialise.

There will also be a short talk by Alan Dawson on his new book, 'The 1033 High Hills of Britain' with, of course, an opportunity to buy yourself a copy.

If you reserved for the postponed annual dinner in 2020, then your meal booking(s) will be carried over to this year. Room reservations at The Moorings have also been re-scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights but individuals need to reconfirm these with the Hotel.  There is the Chase the Wild Goose Hostel closeby, and The Ben Nevis Holiday Park, plus a range of B&Bs and Hotels locally.

There are still places available at the 2021 Annual Dinner. Please contact Jenny Hatfield at rhsocdinner2020@gmail.com to book.

St Kilda Stacs – October to December 2021

Efforts will continue to get competent climbers out to the St Kilda stacs again, subject to Covid-19, NTS permission and the weather! RHSoc Members only trip. To enquire, contact Rick Salter via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk

Autumn Bagger Rambles 2021: Friday 12-Monday 15 November 2021 (three nights) - Alston Youth Hostel, Cumbria.

This 30-bed Hostel has been booked on an exclusive hire basis. Bookings and payments made by individuals for 2020 have been carried forward but there is plenty of space for others. Details, such as the date by which deposits must be paid,  will be confirmed in Summer 2021 but the price will be very reasonable. A communal meal is planned for Saturday night with a cooked breakfast option.  

If anyone wishes to book accommodation independently and then link up for walks etc., a Whatsapp group will be set up to facilitate this nearer the time. Contact Denise McLellan to join the Whatsapp group and/ or book a place in the hostel via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk

MS Club Hut Weekend - February/ March 2022

Chris Ottley is planning to arrange a weekend trip to a MS club hut (in Scotland) in Spring/ Summer 2022  (see https://www.mountaineering.scot/huts) and is currently researching venues and availability.

Muir Cottage (cairngormclub.org.uk)

is the most likely but bookings are not yet open. This is a very comfortable hut (think YHA standard) for 18 in several smallish rooms at c £14 pppn.  If anyone has any preferences, let him know. More details will be posted once available. Contact Chris Ottley via   rhsoc@rhsoc.uk.

Spring Bagger Rambles 2022 - Islay- Port Charlotte YHA- Rescheduled (again) 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. There are places available. Please contact Gill Stephens/ Alex Cameron if you have any queries about your booking, boat trips or wish to attend via rhsoc@rhsoc.uk

Orkney Islands Trips: 2022 2-4 and 9-11 August 2022

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 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 over a year, so if you want to be added to the waiting list contact rhsoc@rhsoc.uk.