In 2020, 21 lucky JAlbans will take off at the end of the unconference for the valley of Glencoe, home to some of Scotland’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery, and the scene of the Massacre of Glencoe, now safely 300 years in the past but still a story to chill your blood.

Our blood will instead be warmed at the Kingshouse Hotel, at the head of the valley, on the nights of 9th and 10th of May, walking in Glencoe on the 10th and returning to Edinburgh on the morning of the 11th. The trip will cost £140/person for two nights accommodation — mostly in four-and six-bedded dorm rooms — and travel. Dinner on Saturday and Sunday nights will be extra.

Scottish Hillwalking

If you’re an experienced hill-walker, ignore the rest of this page. Otherwise, you should know that although the Scottish hills aren’t high, they need to be treated with respect. The weather in May is likely to be spring-like, but you definitely can’t take that for granted.

  • The walk that we’ll lead won’t be very strenuous (you’re very welcome to find a strenuous one of your own if you want!), but you need to be reasonably fit: we’re going to walk several miles over rough country, and climb about 1500 feet (500m);
  • You should be prepared to manage for a couple of hours in bad weather. At a minimum, you must wear sturdy walking boots and a waterproof jacket. If you want to be better prepared than that, take a look at the summer hill-walking list on this page (don’t be too intimidated by it, though — you won’t need everything there!)