Frequently asked questions
How much does a day hillwalking cost ?Our events range in cost depending on the activity and the group size. Cost for a person start at £50 per day. More information on our pricing structure is here.
How fit do you need to be and what experience is needed to join a group on a scheduled event ?To help you choose an event that's right for you, we try to categorise our events into different levels. These categories are divided not only by the distance covered and height ascended, but also by terrain expected. Against each level, we suggest a minimum experience and level of fitness. On all of our events we like to take a pace appropriate to our group, with time to take in views around. More information of our events' gradings can be found on this page. If you have any doubt of the suitability of an event for you, give us a phone and we'd be delighted to advise. Please note that hillwalking can involve a risk of injury and you are advised to take out appropriate insurance - the MCofS have policies through the BMC, more details here : http://www.mcofs.org.uk/insurance-members.asp.
An event says 'Limited Availability' - what does this mean ?As our events book up, we like to keep people aware of how many places are available on events. 'Good Availability' means there are at least two places remaining. 'Limited Availability' usually means that there is one place remaining or the event is provisionally fully booked (ie some people still have to confirm their booking). If there is 'Limited Availability' on an event you are interested in, probably best to phone us before booking on.
Do events require a minimum number of bookings to go ahead ?Our events that have a guide to client ratio of 1:6 typically need a minimum number of 3 people for them to go ahead. Events that have a smaller ratio (eg 1:4 or 1:3) usually only need two people to confirm. It is extremely rare that we cancel an event based on low numbers, but if we do, we contact affected people around one week prior to the event taking place and we will refund in full all money paid (see 'What happens if you cancel an event ?' below).
Can I bring my dog on a hillwalk ?Yes, provided your dog is kept under control at all times. There are exceptions, particularly any events involving rock-scrambling or back-packing. At certain times of year there are areas which will not be accessible due to bird-nesting or farming activities. If you are thinking of bringing your dog along, please let us know.
Do events include accommodation or meals ?On most events we don't include your accommodation or meals. This is because we tend to find that different people want to stay in different accommodation - some want to make a holiday and splash out, others want something basic like a hostel and some people prefer the comfort of their own campervan. We therefore recommend different types of accommodation on each event page. There are some events that do include accommodation and this will be stated on the event page, eg the Knoydart weekend.
Can you pick me up from my accommodation ?We try to help as much as possible and if we can, will pick you up from your accommodation if needed. On some events we may be able to offer transport from Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth or Aviemore (for shared cost of fuel), this will be stated on the particular event pages.
What happens if I have to pull out of an event ?Strictly speaking, if you pull out of an event more than 28 days before it goes ahead, we'll refund you, less deposit. If you pull out of an event 28 days or less before it goes ahead, we cannot return any fees paid. More information can be found on our booking terms page. You are advised to take out holiday insurance.
What happens if you cancel an event ?Regardless of the reason, if we have to cancel an event, you will be refunded in full. We will not be held liable for any other costs you have occurred, eg accommodation, travel expenses etc. More information can be found on our booking terms page.
What happens if weather turns bad ?We check the forecasts leading up to an event and usually make a final plan 2 days prior to an event. We aim to stick to the original plan as stated on the event page, however weather may dictate otherwise and if we have to cancel an event, you will be refunded in full. If we decide conditions are fine and we proceed with an event as planned only to find that weather changes on the day, we will make an alternative plan. This plan could involve a change of route or venue or shortening a hike. Equally, we would be delighted to extend a day if conditions and group fitness allow. More information can be found on our booking terms page.
Can I bring my child on a hillwalk ?For most events the minimum age is 16 and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We do not take anyone under the age of 18 on long demanding days or on days involving rock-scrambling or climbing.