The Club has day trips in the months of January, February, April, June, August, October and December, on alternate Saturdays and Sundays ..
travel is usually by car pool, but occasionally by bus.
There are usually three route options on each trip .. low level, intermediate and high level.


On car pool trips, the meeting place is normally in the Inverlair Avenue car park at ScottishPower Cathcart at 8am.
Car passengers share the costs with the driver, and a refreshment stop is usually made on the return journey.


On bus trips, the bus leaves usually at 8am from the Spean Street entrance at ScottishPower Cathcart.
The return fare is currently £8 per adult and £4 for one or more children.
The bus waits at a pub or hotel for the return journey and usually arrives back at Cathcart between 7 and 8pm.

Click on any of these pictures from day trips to see the full sized version:

On the summit of Meall nan Caorach near Crieff in January 2007  On the Southern Upland Way near Ettrick Head in August 2007  On the Cateran Trail in Glen Isla in April 2008  On the Lomond Hills in Fife in August 2008  On the River Ayr Way near Sorn in May 2009  Preparing to set off at Stevenston Beach along the Ayrshire Coastal Path in December 2009

On the summit of Carnethy Hill in the Pentlands in November 2010  At the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path at Glenapp in October 2011  On the summit of Dumyat in the Ochils in December 2011  On the summit of Ben Donich in March 2012  On the summit of Ben Challum in July 2013 

Clothing, equipment and food recommended for Day Trips ...

Clothing:

If you’re planning to be out on the hills on a regular basis, you should invest in good outdoor clothing over a period of time as you build up your walking experience, particularly waterproofs.  But a definite must at the start is a suitable pair of boots for the kind of walking you’re likely to do.  If you look after your feet, your feet will look after you!

Equipment:

It makes sense to buy the LandRanger maps for the areas we visit, and to invest in a good compass.  Learning to navigate using map and compass on Club outings is strongly encouraged .. both for personal safety and to build confidence.  The modern use of GPS can make navigation much easier .. but if you don't know the basics behind the technology, what do you do if it goes wrong??

If you’re going to do some winter walking, investing in crampons, iceaxe and basic safety gear such as climbing harness and hard hat, is very worthwhile.  The Club offers training in the use of such equipment every year and has some which may be borrowed for a short time.

And you’ll also need a rucsac to suit your build, and all the gear you need to carry!

Food:

Hill food is a very personal subject!  Carbohydrate is what’s needed most, together with a little sugar .. so jam sandwiches are ideal!  Certainly most walkers take carbohydrate in the form of sandwiches, with fruit, raisins or chocolate for sugar.  Many people swear by bananas, which give a fast carbohydrate boost, but eating a slow-release carbohydrate like pasta the night before is a good idea.

Staying hydrated is very important, especially when you’re working hard on ascents, so at least a litre of water should be carried … and a bag of crisps is good for maintaining salt levels.

More pics from various day trips:

St Abbs Harbour  Summit view from the Stob Dearg summit of Buachaille Etive Mor  On the Sharp Edge of Blencathra in the Lake District  Beach barbecue after walking a section of the Fife Coastal Path  The Diane Technique of river crossing  On the summit of Ben Earb above the Cateran Trail  A group of 38 walkers about to leave Annbank on the River Ayr Way  On the summit of Stob an Duine Ruaidh, one of Ben Starav's Tops

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You can read about these and many other Club Outings by visiting our Past Outings Archive.

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