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.

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.