Covid Secure Events - getting back outdoors
All of our groups are now able to offer events. Events may accept up to 30 attendees, including walk leaders, in accordance with Sport England and Ramblers' agreed procedures. Individual events may have a lower limit on participation at the discretion of the local group, of the walk leader, or as required by local regulations.
You will only be permitted to attend a GOC event if you have registered in advance via the website. Every person attending an event must register individually. A record of participants at all events will be kept, and will be shared with NHS Track and Trace if requested.
GOC discourages the sharing of lifts to reach events.
Any event may need to be cancelled at short notice in order to comply with local lockdown regulations, or where an event leader is required to self-isolate. Always check the website for any last minute changes in the morning before travelling to an event.
When attending an event, please ensure that you bring a supply of hand sanitizer and a face covering along with your usual food and walking equipment.
If you, or someone in your household, has Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate in line with government guidelines, and must not take part in GOC events. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new continuous cough and the loss, or a change to your sense of smell or taste.
Are you ‘clinically vulnerable’? If you (or someone you live with) are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others from outside your household.Taking part in a GOC activity may put you and those around you at higher risk. It may not be the right decision at this time. Remember – everyone over 70, and those with certain underlying health conditions are considered to be ‘clinically vulnerable’
Please note that this event was cancelled on 31st March 2020 owing to the continuing uncertainty about the impact of COVID-19.
Please do not make commitments for travel or other expenses until your booking is confirmed.
GOC's 2020 Annual Outdoor Gathering will be held from Friday 24th to Monday 27th July at the University of Stirling. As at 15th March tickets for accommodation on site for the Friday and Saturday evenings are sold out. We are checking with the university whether we can make some more rooms available. If we can, we will inform all members in a bulk email.
The campus is about two miles from the centre of the historic city of Stirling and within easy walking distance of the shops and cafés in the attractive town of Bridge of Allan. This is a great location for those who want a taste of what Scotland has to offer in terms of the great outdoors, including the classic Highland scenery of the Trossachs and beautiful Loch Katrine. There are several Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) within striking distance, but the nearby Ochils provide the opportunity for a slightly less challenging introduction to Scottish hillwalking.
The area is also full of historic interest, including the Wallace Monument, which is immediately adjacent to the campus, and of course Stirling Castle, which rises majestically above the city and outrivals its counterpart in Edinburgh as a place to visit.
The facilities on campus are excellent and those we will be using are all located in two buildings that are about ten minutes' walk from each other. Accommodation will be at the Stirling Court Hotel, which is owned by the university and is on the campus. Most of the rooms are doubles with queen-size beds. These are available for single or double occupancy. In addition there are six twin rooms. The university has made the rooms in the hotel available to us for the same price that they would normally charge guests for student rooms. This is very good value for hotel accommodation in this location. They are also offering rooms at the same discounted rate to those who wish to extend their stay by making their own bookings for the Thursday night before the AOG and the Monday and Tuesday nights after.
The place where we will be having our evening meals and entertainment is airy and spacious, in an elevated position with a wonderful view of the Wallace Monument. The venues for the AGM and RAP session are located in the same building.
Bookings for main event
Bookings for accommodation, meals and the ceilidh will open on 1st February and close on 1st June. Tickets for accommodation are available on a bed & breakfast basis. There are limited facilities for participants to make their own breakfast. Please contact the organiser using the form on this page if you would like to exercise this option.
Before making your booking please read: Booking Instructions and Conditions V4. Please state any special dietary requirements and any other special requests in the 'Additional Information' field.
Information for attendees
Information about how to get there, accommodation, meals, parking and other practical issues can be found by clicking on the following documents:
Please note that the bus timetable is the one current as at January 2020 and may change by the time of the AOG.
Information for Attendees will be updated as more information becomes available.
Plans for walks and cycle rides are well underway. On the Sunday an outing to the Trossachs, including a boat trip on Loch Katrine, has been booked with the coach and ferry companies. This will be a great opportunity to get a flavour of the Highlands.
There will be a choice of walks in a variety of terrain ranging from the lowlands to hills and mountains including the Ochils and Munros. There will also be a women-only walk on the Saturday, cycle rides on the Saturday and the Sunday and a walk on the Monday.
We plan to post details of outdoor activities on the website by the end of April. There will be a full list on this page, with links to the individual event pages. Bookings will open on 1st June and close on 12th July. You will need to book separately for each walk, cycle ride or the coach trip. Numbers will be limited and most of the places will be made available online on a first-come-first-served basis. Only a small number of places will be available to book offline when you arrive at Stirling, so you are recommended to book early online to secure you place.
Terrain / Difficulty
See individual outdoor activities