Yesterday we were chasing the weather and it was due to come in early afternoon, my group went hill walking from the famous Bealach Na Ba in Applecross. By now we were all getting tired as I was and we had been hard at it for 5 days. The kids were a bit slower this morning to arrive for breakfast and there were a few more tired faces at breakfast. We are self Catering and our cook Ian does so well making us meals every day. The kids are involved clearing the tables and cleaning up it is a bit of shock at first but good life skills. After breakfast we clear the tables wash the dishes and then the kids make their own packed lunches. So many new skills to learn and hopefully continue when they get home?
It is then time to split into two groups and the other group went Coasteering and we off on a hillwalk. We have a brief all the kit is sorted and the kids kitted out with boots, waterproofs and with packed meals in our bags it is a short drive. The weather held and unlike the previous group we got clear weather and headed up the great Alpine road to Beleach Na Ba.
It was an easy walk but the kids were fine though tired the days were catching up and the mast only 30 minutes away we were soon up and enjoying the view. We saw little wild life apart from a bird not sure what it was but we found some Tarmachean feathers that Kev our instructor explained to us how they worked for the birds. We also saw plenty of wild flowers and showed the kids the various ones and their uses in the past by mountain people. It was a bit of a wind so the kids were wrapped up with most of their gear on, surprisingly for July but were above 2000 feet and there was stiff breeze.
“THE director was filming his new movie Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur – which stars David Beckham and Charlie Hunnam – in Wester Ross when the insects struck.” Kev told us some tales and took us to the cliffs where some of the scenes were shot. We had no midges today though!
It was a grand wander along the tops and we could see the weather coming in, it was not a day to go out to the Corbett so we started off down back to the wagon at the Beleach.
It was time to wander back and we were soon at the wagon and back for a late lunch as the weather broke. It was then off mountain biking for the rest of the day and we were all feeling the effects of a hard few days. After a great meal fish pie we had some down time and then some of the kids had a chilled night a few watched the football. There is no TV or phone cell net coverage so this was big treat for all but it was great to get away from the phone and internet.
There is so much to do round Applecross and we were lucky we had no midges and a great group of people assisting. All the volunteers give up their time for free and without it this trip would not have happened. The great thing to me is that there are so many who still give of their time and experience to let the kids have an outdoor experience. I learned lots from the kids and the instructors but was I tired at the end!
Charities like Outfitmoray do so much for the local kids and people, in these austere times if you can help of a skill or your time please contact them. It is well worth it, my name will be done for the October trip to the Cairngorms. If intersted please have look on the website http://outfitmoray.com/
Thanks to all involved and the kids for making this week a special one, so many interesting things done by all and so many young eyes opened to the outdoors and its wonders.
Changing Lives Through Learning and Adventure Outdoors
Outfit Moray is an award-winning charity and social enterprise delivering outdoor learning, adventure and nature exploration programmes which transform lives.
Founded in 2003, we have worked with over 14,000 children and young people; building confidence, self-esteem and resilience, providing positive role models and encouraging the acquisition of life skills and new experiences through challenge and positive risk taking.
We are a visionary, ambitious and passionate organisation committed to making a difference to the lives of others and particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Our unique approach to learning, education, training and development applies to all that we do, whether working one-to-one with children referred to us, running holiday and respite weeks for vulnerable children, outdoor learning and adventure programmes with schools, or activity sessions to improve health and well-being in adults.
We take a holistic approach to our work; founded on the principles of charity, care and compassion, building trust, valuing courage, patience and integrity, developing social skills and team work, respect for human dignity and taking a selfless approach to the needs of others. It is our aim to encourage positive growth: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to provide hope for a better future, to improve happiness, health and well-being and to create a sense of life purpose.
Outfit Moray provides a supportive structure for a number of charitable and socially enterprising projects to flourish in line with our Vision and Mission, and in particular Earthtime and Bike Revolution. We apply our core values to these projects and actively promote them as part of our work in caring for others and our planet.
Outfit Moray strives to be carbon neutral, to reduce waste and to encourage recycling and upcycling. We are signatories to Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge.