Our Groups are up and running with their activities. While there is generally no fixed maximum number of participants on an event, an event may have a limit in place based on it's risk assessment. All events still require every participant to pre-book via the website.
Please do not make commitments for travel or other expenses until your booking is confirmed.
GOC's 2022 Annual Outdoor Gathering will be held from Friday 29th July to Monday 1st August at the University of Stirling. This will replicate the AOG planned for 2020, which was cancelled because of Covid-19. Square brackets indicate where details are to be confirmed.
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 located in two buildings a few minutes' walk from each other. Accommodation will be in Willow Court. All the rooms are doubles with queen-size beds. These are available for single or double occupancy (please note, however, that some people who need more space may find a queen-size bed too small for two people). The University is offering us the rooms at the same price as they did in 2020. Subject to availability they are also offering rooms at the same rate to those who wish to extend their stay by making their own booking, direct with the University, for nights before or after the AOG.
The place where we will be having our evening meals and entertainment, in the Pathfoot Building, is airy and spacious and is in an elevated position with a wonderful view of the Wallace Monument. The venues for the AGM and RAP session are also located in the Pathfoot Building.
[The following information will be moved into Information for Attendees once that document is ready.]
The recommended site for those wanting to camp is Witches Craig Camping and Caravanning Site, Bairlogie, Stirling, FK9 5PQ. Tel 01786 474947. This is about two miles from the campus. Jamie Harris, our caravanning and camping co-ordinator, will be staying there. Click here to go to their website.
Bookings for main event
Bookings for accommodation, meals and the ceilidh will open on 1st February and close on 3rd June. Tickets for accommodation are available on a bed & breakfast basis. There are no facilities for participants to make their own breakfasts.
Before making your booking please read: [Booking conditions to follow]. Please state any special dietary requirements and any other special requests in the 'Additional Information' field.
Information for attendees
Information about how to get to the campus, accommodation, meals, parking and other practical issues can be found by clicking on the following documents:
[Information for attendees to follow]
[Bus timetable to follow]
The Pathfoot Building is shown in blue in the top left-hand corner of the campus map. Willow Court is the building marked as 2 in the group shown in yellow just to the right of the Pathfoot Building.
Please note that the bus timetable is the one current as at [date] and may change by the time of the AOG.
Information for Attendees will be updated from time to time as more information becomes available.
Plans for walks and cycle rides will largely replicate those that were planned for 2020. [We are hoping that on the Sunday we can offer an outing to the Trossachs, including a boat trip on Loch Katrine, as we did in 2020. If so, 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. [We are hoping that we can offer a women-only walk on the Saturday, cycle rides on the Saturday and the Sunday and a walk on the Monday as we did in 2020.]
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 3rd June and close on 17th 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.
For our Saturday evening entertainment we have been lucky enough to book one of Scotland’s best ceilidh bands led by the legendary Sandy Brechin. There is plenty of room for dancing and the band alongside our dining area.
There will also be a quiz, which will probably take place, as usual, on the Sunday evening.
Terrain / Difficulty
See individual outdoor activities