Expedition to Great Northern Country

When:
May 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – May 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
2018-05-22T18:00:00+01:00
2018-05-24T18:00:00+01:00

If you wish to join this expedition, and to stay in either Uig Lodge (where AR himself stayed) or at Baile-na-Cille (where some of us have stayed previously), they need to book before the end of November – really within the next six weeks!

There will be three clear days in Uig for appropriate activities.   Likely day trips will be to:

  • the waterfall illustrated in the book, and the lochs above it, one of which appears to be Dick’s loch;
  • historic villages preserving traditional black houses (as illustrated in GN?)
  • brochs and burial mounds;
  • “Scrubbers’ Cove”, etc.
  • sighting a Great Northern Diver? (we have previously!).

Expedition to Great Northern? country

The Society is planning this next visit to the north-west in 2018, before the IAGM in the Lake District. The schedule we envisage is as follows:

arrival in Uig, Isle of Lewis, on Monday evening, 21st May (of course, some members may choose to book to come earlier, if they wish);

Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th: 3 days on Lewis, including visits to GN?-related locations, brochs, black houses etc.;

Friday 25th: depart Stornoway on the early ferry (the 2018 ferry timetable is not yet available), to arrive at Ullapool soon after 09.00, and then to drive south to Coniston, to arrive there in the late afternoon.

Previous TARS visits to Lewis have always been based in Uig, for obvious AR-related reasons; we have stayed mainly at Baile na Cille, where Richard and Joanna Gollin have looked after us so excellently. When the first trip to Uig was organised, Uig Lodge was not open for visitors to stay in; however, other ‘unofficial’ groups of members have also stayed more recently in the Lodge (and have provided most encouraging reports about this); this is where AR himself stayed on many occasions, and is nowadays run by Dickon and Elly Green.

These two locations are not far apart, and it does not take long to walk from one to the other (partly over the beach at low tide). Rooms at these two locations are being held for us only up until 30th November 2017; after that date they may be booked by others. Accommodation available and 2018 charges are as follows:

Uig Lodge:

Double en suite: £140

Twin with private separate bathroom: £120

Twin with shared bathroom: £90

Single with shared bathroom: £65

These rates all include breakfast. Evening meals cost £35 per person.

There are 3 x double en suite rooms, 2 x twin with private bathroom, 3 x twin with shared bathroom and 1 x single room.

There are no reduced rates for single occupancy (except in the case of the single, obviously!)

At booking, a 50% deposit will be charged, which is fully refundable up until 30 days prior to the arrival date.

Baile na Cille:

B&B in 2018 will cost £70 per person (for a minimum of two nights), with dinner costing £35.

There are 8 rooms available, so these could accommodate a maximum of 16 people for couples/twins; however, only up to 4 rooms are available for single accommodation.

Cancellations within a month of arrival will be charged full room rate unless rooms are
re-booked. A deposit of £100 pounds per guest will be charged on booking.

Other accommodation:

When Uig Lodge and Baile na Cille are fully booked, there are other bed and breakfast possibilities around Uig. There is also a camping site (much used by TARS members in the past), close to the beautiful beach.

Note on travel to Uig:

For those wishing to fly, it is easy to fly to Stornoway from most parts of the UK; it is possible to travel from Stornoway Airport to Uig by bus, changing in Stornoway, or to hire a car locally (however, it is also likely that those with cars could offer lifts to Uig for the odd air traveller!),

However, it is assumed that most members will travel to Uig by car. The “routine” route uses the Ullapool – Stornoway ferry service; it is also possible to use the ferry service from (confusingly another!) Uig, in Skye, to Tarbert in Harris.

Below is the Ullapool – Stornoway timetable for May 2017 (from June there are two sailings each way on Sundays); the May 2018 timetable is likely to be very similar. By ferry standards, the fares are not too expensive, thanks to the Scottish Government’s “road equivalent” policy, according to which each car fare should be equivalent to all motoring costs for driving the same distance. However, it is advisable to book ferry crossings in advance, at https://ticketing.calmac.co.uk/booking/asp/web100.asp

DAY Stornoway depart Ullapool arrive Ullapool depart Stornoway arrive
Mon – Fri 07.00 09.30 10.30 13.00
Mon – Fri 14.00 16.30 17.30 20.00
Sat 07.00 09.30 10.30 13.00
Sat 15.30 18.00 19.00 21.30
Sun 14.30 17.00 18.30 21.00

Booking form for Uig, Isle of Lewis, May 2018

Name of member: ……………………………… TARS Membership no.: ………….

Address: ………………………………………………

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Postcode ……………… e-mail address: ……………………………………

Home phone: ………………………… mobile: ……………………………..

Names of other members of your party:

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  1. ………………………………………………
  2. ………………………………………………

I wish to book for the period 21 (arrival day) – 25 (departure day) May 2018; or

I wish to book for other days, from: till (departure on):

(please complete / erase above statements as appropriate).

I/we wish to stay at Uig Lodge / Baile na Cille / camping site.

My favoured choice of accommodation, of the selection shown above, is:

Double / Twin / Single room; any other room-related requests?

Any special dietary requests:

Please send this completed form to:

John Pearson, TARS Company Secretary,

Mas d’en Clarimon,

Route de Paloll à la Selva

F-66400 Céret

France

e-mail: hilaryandjohnpearson@hotmail.com

the completed form should be scanned and e-mailed to John Pearson, or sent by post,

to arrive by 20th November 2017 (to allow time for your booking to be made, and your deposit paid, before 30th November). You will be informed about your booking and the deposit payable, and other relevant information, as soon as possible after receipt of this form.