Exploring and Renewing, March 30th-April 6th
This year we will be spending the week on the beautiful island of Eigg. One of the inner Hebridean ‘Small Isles’, Eigg has a diverse landscape including the dramatic An Sgurr, several beautiful beaches including the famous ‘singing sands’, the Giant’s Footstep loch and the longest exposed volcanic rock face in Europe! http://www.isleofeigg.org/index.html
You can get to Eigg by Ferry from Mallaig or Arisaig. The journey takes about an hour. Visitors are not allowed to bring cars onto Eigg, so once we’re on the island, we’ll be on foot, bike (bring your own, or rent on the island http://www.spanglefish.com/eiggbikehire/) or the island minibus.
If you’re driving up to the ferry in Mallaig, you can park your car in the library car park for the week. There is also a good train service from Edinburgh and Glasgow http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/planjourney/search. You can catch a train early on the Saturday morning from Glasgow or Edinburgh and get to Mallaig in time for the ferry in the afternoon. If you can’t get there for the ferry in the morning, you can stay overnight on Friday in a local B&B http://www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk/mallaig.php.
There is also a sleeper train service from London to Fort William: www.seat61.com/CaledonianSleepers.htm#Sleeper%20times. Book three months in advance for the cheapest fares.
The timetable for the CalMac ferry from Mallaig will be available on the website http://www.calmac.co.uk/ in January 2013. You can also cross from Arisaig on the small Sheerwater ferry http://www.arisaig.co.uk/.
We will meet the ferry with transport for you and your luggage, but if you fancy the walk, it’s 20-30 minutes from the pier (including a steep hill!).
There will be space for small groups during the day in each of those venues and also in the Community Hall and a 16 foot yurt pitched outside Glebe Barn. Some groups may prefer to be outside, weather permitting.
The booking form will allow you to say what your accommodation needs and wants are. To summarise:
- Glebe Barn: sleeps 22 in five rooms/dorms
- Glebe Barn flat: sleeps 2 adults in the upstairs sleeping space (with sofa beds for two more). The kitchen/living room will also be used as a workspace during the day.
- Sandavore Farmhouse: sleeps 6, two people per bedroom. The living room and kitchen may also be used as workspaces during the day.
- Camping: there’s space for a few tents next to the hostel for those hardy enough (camping is free). “Own accommodation” rates apply for the week (see below).
Eating and other stuff
We are planning to prepare and eat our own meals in the kitchen at Glebe Barn. You can specify special diets on the booking form. Eggy Bread, a local business, will bake our bread for us. Sempervivum is run on a voluntary basis and there is always an element of voluntary help as part of the running of the week, so jobs like tidying and cleaning will be organised with a rota. Everyone, including teenagers, can sign up for a certain number of jobs in the week.
We will be looking for volunteers to sign up to co-ordinate the meals for one day. This is less intimidating than it may sound, as we have a suggested menu of simple meals for each day (though you can suggest your own if you prefer) and you will have a small team of people to help you. If you’re up for this, please sign up on the booking form.
Kids and teens
There will be kids’ club workers for younger children and teens, with activities to include crafts and outdoor pursuits such as archery.
Paying for it
We are suggesting three payment bands for the week. The standard rates are for those staying in the accommodation we have booked, and the others are for those arranging their own accommodation (including camping). Under-twos go free.
If you will have trouble with the lowest band, do let us know on the booking form, as we don’t want cost to be a barrier.
Please choose the band that most closely matches what you can afford.
2013 price list (£)
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Once again, the link to the booking form for the Easter week is here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J6TGGPY. If you’re keen to come, do book quickly, as there has already been considerable interest in this week and places are limited.
We will be holding a fundraising ceilidh on February 9th at Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne Street, Stockbridge EH4 1JB. The event, which starts at 7pm, will feature the Molleson Grommit ceilidh band, and the Sempy and Vivum stand-up cabaret act performing the story of Sempervivum. There will also be a bar and raffle.
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