Kyle Mountain Club

AGM Minutes – 6th December 2018

Members in Attendance

There were 15 members in attendance


Apology was received from Mac Dunlop

Approval of 2017 Minutes

Approved by Colin Meikle, seconded by Allan Harvey

Matters Arising

  1. Constitution

It was agreed to continue with the current constitution without any amendments.

Chairman’s Report

Thank you all for turning out and attending the AGM of the Kyle Mountain Club

During the year the club members have continued to take part in a wide range of activities, with a bothy trip to Polmood, that had temperatures dropping to -11oC a Burns Supper, barbecue, curry night, an island trip with a rough crossing in a small boat, skiing in Scotland and Europe, mountain biking and a trip to the lake District. The offer of courses by the Charity Mountain Aid has been taken up with a member attending a navigation course and one going on a winter skills course.

There have been quite a number of day walks both midweek and at weekends including a night out on Ben Lomond. The variety of hills has been great, from the highest Munro in the Arrochar Alps to Criffel a small hill overlooking the Solway.

Our meets secretary did a sterling job seeking out and booking venues in a wide variety of places and locations. He has also managed to get the number of places booked in huts fairly close to the actual attendance so that any losses incurred have been relatively small this year. Thanks to Jackie in managing to get the number of places reduced on the Eigg meet so nthat no loss was incurred.

In general the meetings on the first Thursday evening of each month at the Abbotsford have been well attended, acting as a good planning tool and a chance for a chat.

Publicity of the club has continued, with a fairly active face book page, web-site and articles in the Going Out magazine. The Ayrshire Post has been reluctant to publish our reports.

Thanks to Allan for maintaining the digital links, as he has done for a number of years.

Bob sent me accounts, which had then been put on the members section of the web site.

It is hoped that the club can continue in its present format with members suggesting, organizing and taking part in a variety of activities.

In conclusion I would like to thank Jason and Paul at the Abbotsford for allowing us to meet here and when requested and the use of a room for illustrated presentations and the AGM.

Len Foreman

KMC Chairman

Treasurer’s Report

As Bob Ainsworth was in New Zealand, Len Foreman presented the financial statement which had been sent to him by Bob. This had been independently examined by Loudon McAndrew.

The current balance in the Bank was £2373.93, slightly up on the 2017 figure.

Membership fees. It was expected that to cover insurance the Mountaineering Scotland fee would increase by £2 per person. Despite this, as the club still has sufficient money in the bank it was agreed to keep membership fees as they are at £25 per person for full membership and £15 for associate members.

This was proposed by John McAndrew and seconded by Elspeth Hay.

Meet Secretary’s Report - 2018

Attendances were very good at most meets this year except Blackrock Cottage. Balgowan and Eigg were of low interest but both were able to reduce numbers without loss to club. As last year we had a core of the membership attending meets and again difficulty in having new organisers.

Christmas Bothy Trip, Polmood - 9th December 2017

9 people attended – voluntary donation of £45 made to Border Bothies

The weekend turned out to be very cold, but dry. Bob travelling from Reading arrived on the Friday evening spending a night in his car at sub-zero temperatures. An early start saw him setting out to walk over to Glenkirk. Chris and Len setting out early from Ayr arrived at Glenkirk at 9.45 and as there was no sign of Bob at 10am, set out slowly up Congrie Hill. Part way up Bob was spotted in the valley and after a short wait the three continued up to the summit of Culter Fell together. A descent down the glen allowed Bob to get a lift back to his car and a rendezvous with the others who had already arrived at the bothy before 4pm. As the temperature had not risen above zero all day, the outside water supply was frozen. Frank had supplied wood and had a roaring fire going; this was supplemented by coal from Len.

Following some cheerful banter and refreshment Chris supplied some antipasti, Colin cooked up his world-famous Italian Chicken & Len produced a tiramisu that had been prepared by June. Following the three courses it was declared by all that we could eat no more! So, the cheese, biscuits and port were saved for another event.

After a cosy night in the bothy the cars when started indicated an outside temperature of -11degrees C. No wonder the sink in the kitchen had frozen up.

A discussion between some participants raised the question “should bothy night become a weekend in the future”?

Having travelled so far Bob decided to have a walk up to the summit of Broad Law from the Crook Inn on the Sunday. Thanks to Joe Cassidy for organising.

Burns Supper, Inverardran Cottage - 26th/27th January

10 spaces booked 11 attended

Great weekend at the latest Kyle Mountain Club meet which was based in the Ochils Mountaineering Club cottage in Crianlarich. 
The Uphill-ski section 
of the club started the weekend at Aonach Mor. Good cold day. 

Saturday saw the wind and rain but being roughty-tufty mountaineers we headed out. One team to the Cobbler, another less ambitious team followed the West Highland Way to Tyndrum.

Our evening meal consisted of a wee Burns Supper, courtesy of Joe Cassidy. Maurice did a great address, while Maggie Durning entertained us with song and poetry.
All in all a great weekend. Thanks to Ian Magill for organising.

Blackrock Cottage Glencoe – 2nd / 3rd March 2018

10 places booked 5 attended

The weather was bitterly cold, 2 went skiing, 3 walked along the General Wades military road from Kinlochleven. Thanks to Len Foreman for organising.

Mill Cottage Feshiebridge - 23rd / 24th March

8 places booked 10 attended

Various walks and mountain bike rides were undertaken on Saturday and Sunday including Munro Sgor Gaoith from Glen Feshie. Thanks to Chris Lee for organising.

The Hut, Balgowan, near Laggan – 20th / 21st April

5 places booked 5 attended

An excellent weekend for our second visit to a very good hut and thanks to Frank for bringing wood and as handyman for climbing ladder to locate leak in loft.

Saturday weather dry and sunny as John, Frank and Len climbed Corbett Meall Na H-Aisre and Allan and Margaret went to the Aviemore Ski Centre. An eagle was spotted from hut on our return.

Thanks to John McAndrew for organising.

Craignure Bunkhouse, Mull – 18th / 20th May

10 places booked

The meet was attended by 8 people on Friday and 10 on Saturday and Sunday (Allan and Margaret Harvey had their late sailing cancelled Friday night)

On Friday Bob visited Iona.

On Saturday 4 went to Iona. All visited the historic sites all walked to the most northerly point and 2 climbed to the highest point. 4 climbed Corbett Dun da Ghoithe

On Sunday 4 walked up Glen Fursa 2 continuing up Beinn Talaidh. Allan went to the summit of Ben More while the other 5 explored Tobermory.

Thanks to John McAndrew for organising.

Wild Camp, Cairngorm 22nd / 23rd June

Frank Jones and Allan Harvey had a wee nearly-mid-summer trip to the Cairngorms. They did a high-level walk round Loch A'an (Loch Avon). Camping on the plateau on Friday night and the Fords of A'an on Saturday. Thanks to Allan Harvey for organising.

Summer Barbecue Prosen Hostel Kiriemuir – 20th / 21st July

10 places booked 8 attended

The KMC headed to the Glen of Angus, staying in the Glen Prossen Hostel. On the way, the hills of West Lomond and East Lomond were climbed giving great view of Falkland. Saturday saw some of the group making a circular route that included ascending the Munros Mayer and Driesh while others took the well trodden Minister’s Path from Glen Prossen over the hills to Glen Clova. This was previously walked by the Minister on a Sunday when he gave services to the parishioners in both Glens.

Following the day’s exertions, the barbecue was lit and large quantities of food cooked to satisfy appetites and the meal was rounded off with toasted mega-mallows dipped in chocolate. A large well stoked fire pit enabled the convivial evening to carry on after the hours of darkness.

On Sunday the ascent of Cat Law gave some great views and on descending a hedgehog was discovered trapped in a cattle grid. After wrapping it in a cloth it was lifted out of its prison and released back into a hedgerow. Thanks to Len Foreman for organising.

Ronnan Cottage, Aultbea – 17th / 19th August

8 places booked 8 attended

It is a very well-appointed cottage in a great location.

Saturday was windy, and all attendees opted for the low-level walk to Fionn Loch, a very remote spot.

Sunday brought good weather and 6 summited Ben Ghobhlach to be rewarded with superb views over Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom, while the other two took the coastal path to the village of Scoraig. In the evening, the group enjoyed a good meal at the Altbea Hotel.

On Monday some of the participants visited the Artic Convoys museum where the importance of Loch Ewe for assembling the ships was explained along with the supply line to Murmansk and Archangel in Russia to support our comrades in arms. Bob’s car that had suffered a clutch cable failure was fixed by the local garage and all set off home with Corrieshalloch Gorge proving well worth a visit en-route. Thanks to John McAndrew for organising.

The Glebe Barn, Eigg – 21st / 23rd September

6 places booked 6 attended

After a night in the Mission Bunkhouse at Mallaig, we discovered that the Cal Mac Ferry to Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna was in dry dock for repairs and had been replaced by the small boat that usually does day tours to Staffa. This small boat rose and fell with the waves, making some of the passengers turn green and then visit the washroom.

A short stop at Muck gave some brief respite.

Upon arrival on Eigg, we discovered that the goods ordered by the club had travelled on the boat with us and were delivered to the community store. These along with our bags were taken to Glebe Barn bunkhouse in a car by the owner, while we walked.

In the afternoon some of the party walked round the bay while some visited the massacre and cathedral caves. In 1577 around 400 islanders from Clan MacDonald (almost all the island’s population) were burned and suffocated alive by members of Clan MacLeod from Skye while hiding in Massacre cave.

A convivial evening was spent with a communal meal in the spacious Glebe Barn.

The following day three of the group ascended the Sgurr, while others visited the caves and beyond. The Sgurr walk was extended along the ridge to afford views over the island and over some lochs to Rum. When parallel to the deserted village of Grulin Lochdraich, a descent was made near some spectacular basalt rock formations. There were a number of enclosure walls and remains of houses where some 150 people had lived before the clearances.

On day 3 the whole group headed north to Cleadale 3 heading up the cliff face while the others visited the village and its beaches. A walk along the top of the escarpment gave stunning views of Rum, and a surprise waterfall, where the wind was blowing the cascading water back upstream. After lunching at the trig point the summit party found their way down a tricky slope aided by a faint Zig Zag path.

A walk down to the singing sands was disappointing as they only sing when dry, but there were some interesting sandstone rock formations and caves to explore.

On the walk back from Cleadale a war memorial was examined, to find that it honoured all those who had taken part in the wars, not just those who perished.

A disused shop on the road has been turned into a museum, while the Church is still intact but unused.

As the ferry was not due to collect us until 16.25 on the final day and the weather was good more walks were undertaken to the east coast, visiting an old ruined church and cemetery before returning by the watermill to the community cafe and pub to await the ferry.

More and more people arrived at the pier including, a baby with buggy, three dogs and two bicycles and so we were fearful that all would not fit on the small boat.

A head count by the staff found that there were 80 people and the maximum allowed was 84. So, by tying the bikes on the railings along with some that had been loaded at Rum we were all squashed on board. Fortunately, the weight made the boat lower in the water and very stable, so there was less seasickness.

Docking back at Mallaig gave us an 18.00-hour departure for the drive back to Ayr just before the planned Loch Lomond road closure and so arriving home at 23.00 hours.

Thanks to Jackie Magill for organising and reducing numbers from 9 to 6 at the last moment to avoid a large loss to the club.

Robertson Lamb Hut, Great Langdale – 18th / 19th October

8 places booked 7 attended + Barney ( 4 legs )

Due to adverse weather conditions, low clag and light to heavy drizzle, low walks were undertaken with Len, Bob, Ian and Jackie with Barney doing a 10-mile round trip from hut to Little Langdale, Elterwater and Chapel Stile. Frank and John walked from hut to Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel going along Cumbria Way to waypost for Esk Hause and Stake pass before returning in reverse. Jim Stevenson returned home to decorate rather than getting soaked. Hut was busy with Red Rope club and some Wayfarers members giving around 25 attendees but managed ok in kitchen. Thanks to June Foreman for providing Sticky toffee and Apple bake puddings for dessert after our main courses. Both nights spent in hut after pub visits having usual chat and good-humoured banter with Red Rope members and a few libations, non-alcohol wine for Ian and Jackie due to sober October. Bob Ainsworth was disappointed weather no better Sunday morning as he had planned a walk to Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.

Thanks to John McAndrew for organising.

Dinner Meet, Callander – 23rd / 24th November

The KMC annual dinner was held at Callander Hostel, Callander.

The hostel is a former hotel and is now run as a community project, providing facilities for the local inhabitants and providing employment for a number of young people. It has a range of accommodation all en-suite, with dormitories and twin rooms.

There were 10 at the dinner including former KMC member Ann Artis as a guest. As well as being WI president, Ann is progressing well with her Munros with only 36 to complete.

On the Friday Len and Elspeth climbed Dumyat in the Ochils, before joining the others in the evening at the Riverside Inn for an evening meal organised by John.

On Saturday Ian, Frank, John and Barney, climbed Ben Ledi, while Jan, Moira, Jean, Len and Jackie walked to Strathyre along the old railway track. Colin travelled a bit further along the cycle way.

The evening meal was served promptly, John said grace and a convivial evening was spent around one big table. The Meikle Quaich was awarded to Jan Wilson, who charged it with whisky to be passed round the company.

Afterwards the participants agreed that it had been an enjoyable evening.

Thanks to Len Foreman for organizing.

Election of Office Bearers.

The Following were elected unopposed to become office bearers.






Len Foreman

Colin Meikle

Frank Jones


Ian Magill

Elspeth Hay

Len Foreman


Jackie Magill

Elspeth Hay

Len Foreman

Meet Sec

John McAndrew

Frank Jones

Colin Meikle


Frank Jones

Len Foreman

Ian Magill


Eric Johns

John McAndrew

Frank jones


Tom Pennycott

Allan Harvey

Chris Lee


In order to assist the committee, the chairman asked for proposals for 2019 by way of meets and activities for the club.

Rum was proposed as an Island visit.

Allan suggested a night walk.

Evening activities. Members evening, each bringing along some old photos of club activities. Several members claimed to have 35 mm slides and projectors.

A winter skills course for members was suggested. This might be led by Kevin McBride. Allan would investigate. Len and Moira offered the loan of ice axes and crampons.

Allan proposed that the club make a donation of £100 to Mountain Aid, who offer free courses. This was seconded by Frank Jones.

Publicity. As the Ayrshire post had not been publishing reports it was suggested that we try the Ayr Advertiser.

A poster was proposed and Jean McAndrew agreed to make one.

It was suggested that a list of meets for 2019 be posted on the web site.

Future meets.

13th December Polmood. Organiser Joe Cassidy

18th 19th January. Burns supper Organizer Chris Lee

15th 16th February Glen Etive Organizer Ian Magill

15th 16th March Patterdale organizer Len Foreman

12th 13th April Achnasheen. Organizer John McAndrew

The next meeting would be on Thursday 10th January at the Abbotsford.

19.30 committee, 20.00 for general chat and drinks.

The meeting closed at 20.30

Len Foreman