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before booking

Numbers on the coach are no longer limited, but it is still essential to book in advance, and not turn up on the day without a confirmed booking.

The booking contact will be indicated on the newsletter and may differ from the walk leader. A text will be sent back to confirm a booking.

If you are unable to attend a walk, please let the booking contact know immediately. There are no charges for cancellations.

Face masks are no longer compulsory on the coachThis will be up to each individual if they still wish to wear one.

Fit For A Fiv£r!

Future Walk Dates

Saturday, 15 June:

Club BBQ in Aberdour

Sunday, 30 June:

Bridge of Orchy

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Scottish mountain Webcams

The Ben Nevis Webcam is located on the banks of Loch Linnhe, Fort William. The web cam updates every minute and captures fantastic views of Ben NevisFort William, Loch Linnhe and Aonach Mor.

Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe, Argyll, is one of the most beautiful mountains in Scotland. The picture of it above was taken a short time ago by a camera at the Glencoe Mountain Ski Centre.

Weekend Walk

02 June

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Notes:

After completing the B recce (Killin and Falls of Dochart Circular) some people might wish to put trainers in their back pack for the latter part of the walk which is on road.

Boots are still highly recommended for the majority of the distance.

Also, if there is no breeze some anti midge repellent might be useful. Lovely walk – great views weather permitting.

NB: As we now have a full bus and also a waiting list, can anyone who needs to cancel please do so asap.

Morning/Evening Stop:

The morning and evening stops will be Callander.

Extra Info:

✔ Date: Sunday, 2 June

Leader 1: Stuart Sefton

✔ Location: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

✔ Grade: A+

✔ Distance: 11 Miles / 18 km (1,200m ascent)

Leader 2: Pat Rawlinson

✔ Location: Killin and Falls of Dochart Circular

✔ Grade: B

✔ Distance: 10 Miles / 16 km (400m ascent)

✔  Walk Report:

Walk Report A+: Walkhighlands – Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas 

Expectation setting right away – this will be the toughest walk of the year or that you may have tackled to date. It’s fairly long at 17km (11mls) and has 1,200m of climb, you are doing two Munros though. The walk starts near Loch Tay and winds up through varied terrain towards the mountains. We will take a long diagonal track across Beinn Ghlas towards Ben Lawers, it’s a good track but does get close to some steep drops and there is a bit of scrambling if any of this is an issue for you. The final ascent of Ben Lawers is quite steep. The views along the way are spectacular (here’s hoping for good weather) and you’ll be rewarded with having climbed the 10th highest Munro.

We track back down Ben Lawers and head up Beinn Ghlas which is an easy ascent in comparison. We head straight over the summit and descend back to the path we came up and then a longish walk out. The walkhighlands link below starts and stops part way through our walk.

This is a challenging walk so please make sure you are equipped to do it.

Walk Report B: Undiscovered Scotland – Falls of Dochart

A circular walk from the Falls of Dochart along parts of the Rob Roy Way. The first section is part of the walk previously covered on the Killin to Lochearnhead walk. However just before the picnic benches we turn and ascend through the forest to open ground and a mast where there should be excellent views. From here we descend to the minor road to the south of Loch Tay and back to Killin.

The walk will be at an easy pace to accommodate the A walk timings.

✔ Bus Fare: Bus fare is £15. Exact money is appreciated. New walkers first journey using the bus are able to use our Fit For A Fiver Promo, by paying £5.

✔ Booking: Please contact Stuart Sefton by text message on 07760 171693 to book on the walk.

Please send a text including your full name and pick-up point. You can only book as an individual or for family or couple bookings. All bookings will be acknowledged with a confirmation text. This may not be immediate so please be patient.

✔ Pick-up: First pick-up will be Coatbridge at 8.30am (at the back of the Time Capsule) followed by Airdrie (Farmfoods across from Airdrie Railway station).

Club BBQ at Silver Sands

15 June

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Important:

Due to the recent high numbers on club walks, regular walkers will be able to book on from Wednesday 5 June, so it is advisable to book as soon as the newsletter is issued. After Monday 10 June, friends or family who had expressed an interest to attend will be able to put their name down if there are any seats available, this will be confirmed by text by the booking contact.

Before the BBQ there will be a short walk for anyone wishing to participate until the food is ready. The price of the bus will be discounted at £10 (£5 juniors, Fit for Fiver doesn’t apply for the BBQ) which will include bus fare, food and soft drinks.

It has been decided that the club will not provide any alcoholic drinks but people are welcome to bring their own. We appreciate we have some members who are gluten free and may wish to bring their own food, we will provide some vegetarian burgers so please indicate when booking if you are a vegetarian.

A chair/deckchair to sit on if you have one can also be brought along. These can be stored in the boot of the bus.

After the walk and BBQ, there will be some games, eg, Tug O’War, Rounders etc

Extra Info:

✔ Date: Saturday, 15 June

Event: Club BBQ & Short Walk

✔ Location: Silver Sands, Aberdour, Fife

✔ Price: The price of the bus will be discounted at £10 (£5 juniors, Fit for Fiver doesn’t apply for the BBQ)

✔ Booking: Please contact Christine McMahon by text message on 07837 990985 to book. Please send a text including your full name and pick-up point. All bookings will be acknowledged with a confirmation text.

✔ Pick-up: First pick-up will be Coatbridge at 10am, followed by Airdrie

Wednesday Walk

26 June

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Note: 

✔ Date: 26 June

Leader: Tony Grimason

✔ Location: Mugdock Circular

✔ Grade: C

✔ Meet up: Meet at Farmfoods, Airdrie at 10.45 a.m. (opp. Airdrie Train Station – Edinburgh line). We will catch the 11.05 a.m. train to Milngavie – arriving at 12.01 p.m.

✔ Recce: Starting at Milngavie train station, the route heads out along the West Highland Way and into Mugdock Country Park, passing Kyber car park where there are nearby historic military installations. The route then continues on to the visitor centre, past Mugdock Loch, and back through the woodlands.

Approx Finish Time: 4.30 p.m. Mixture of pavement and forest tracks. Approx. 7 miles.

✔ Booking: TEXT the walk leader, Tony Grimason, on 07516238706, No phone calls

1. ONLY CONTACT the walk leader within 2 weeks of the date of a scheduled walk.
2. Maximum number on each walk: 16.
3. Booking is on a first come, first served basis.
4. A reserve list will be created in the event of cancellations.
5. No charge is applied for those participating on these walks.
6. Financial costs associated with transport are at participants own cost.
7. All walks are between 6 and 8 miles, and will be undertaken at a leisurely pace.
8. Appropriate weatherproof clothing and walking shoes/boots & poles recommended.

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Monklands Ramblers is an official Ramblers Association Group. We receive annual funding from the RA to finance club administration such as the website, walk leader recce expenses, the Fiver promotion etc.
RA members receive a welcome pack plus excellent quarterly magazine and an entitlement to walk with any Ramblers group in Britain. There is also access to an extensive online library of walks and discounts available to members eg Cotswold Outdoor Company, O.S maps, Ramblers Holidays etc.
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