The Latest News from Strathkelvin Ramblers

The Latest News from Strathkelvin Ramblers

Ramblers Roadshow event – Dynamic Earth, Saturday 15 July 2017

OtherPosted by Webmaster Sun, May 07, 2017 12:29:11
We’re launching the next Ramblers Roadshow event date and location this week. We’d be grateful for your help in supporting the event by promoting the booking link to members in your groups and areas.

Supported by Ramblers Walking Holidays, Ramblers Roadshow events aim to help members to find out more about how to get the most out of their Ramblers membership provides an opportunity for them to meet other members and volunteers and provides direct access to our walking experts and specialist partners. It’s also an opportunity for members to learn more about our organisation and vision, what we do as a charity and the impact that we make, as well as the chance to develop or bush up on skills and knowledge as a walker or as a volunteer.

Each event is free* for Ramblers members.

Attendees can choose 1 x workshop or 2 x skills sessions:

  • Skills session – Introduction to map reading - The map skills session is for new walkers, or current walkers who would like to brush up on basic map reading skill.

  • Skills session - Planning your walk - This is for people who would like to find out more about what to do before going on a walk to make sure they have a fun and safe day. We’ll share best practice, tips on what to take and why, things to do before you go and useful advice for first time walkers.
  • Skills session - How to be Ambassadors for walking in Scotland - Scotland’s access rights are among the best in the world but everyone needs to know their rights and responsibilities and the best way to promote and improve local paths.
  • Using social media to promote your group - This workshop is aimed at volunteers who want to do more social media promotion. It will help you to identify and reach your target audience, create engaging messages and build an online community using social media.

Programme for the day

09:30am Arrive, registration, refreshments

10:00am Welcome

Skills Session Choice 1 & Workshop 1

Skills Session Choice 2 & Workshop 1 (continued)

12:15pm Lunch and Market Place - visit our experts and specialists

Guest Speaker

Ask the experts – LIVE!

Volunteer awards

Thank you and close

16:00pm Walk(s) start

The event is now live - sign up today at

If you have any questions please email
or call on 02073398595 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Our thanks also go to the Lothian and Borders Area for their support and help with this event and we look forward to seeing you there!

Best Wishes

Ramblers Roadshow events team

Ramblers Roadshow Edinburgh is proud to be sponsored by Ramblers Walking Holidays. Visit them in the market place on the day or for more information please visit

Lomond Mountain Rescue Team

OtherPosted by Webmaster Fri, March 11, 2016 11:56:54

Lomond Mountain Rescue Team is one of the busiest in Scotland and, since its foundation in 1967, has been providing assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to walkers, climbers, tourists and many others in an area covering over 1,000 square miles.

With over 2 million visits per year to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, 50,000 walkers annually attempting the West Highland way and Ben Lomond hosting 30,000 walkers and climbers each year, it’s not hard to see why we’re so busy. On average the team is called out 20 to 25 times a year to a diverse range of situations including: lost walkers, injured climbers and mountain bikers, people taken ill in locations inaccessible by ambulance teams, people who are cold, wet and scared, having bitten off a wee bit more than they thought and, unfortunately, occasional fatalities.

The team is a registered charity and consists entirely of volunteers, currently 32 in number. While being a team member does require a big commitment in terms of time and effort, it’s something all of us find incredibly rewarding and derive a great deal of satisfaction from. We generally train three times a month, two Thursday evenings and one Sunday, with the additional expectation that members attend fundraising events and activities.

Each year the training programme is designed to ensure that all necessary skills are covered and refreshed, including activities such as search management and line searching, technical rescues requiring rope work, navigation, avalanche rescue, joint exercises with search and rescue helicopters and the rescue boat on Loch Lomond.

For many years the team trained in Drymen Church Hall, but in 2005 moved in to our purpose-built post next to the primary school in Drymen. The post was funded by the Order of St. John and combines garage space for the Search Control Vehicle and Land Rover, equipment storage, a meeting room and kitchen and showers.

The team receives a very limited annual budget from Central Government funds and so relies heavily on donations and fundraising to maintain the post, our equipment, vehicles and the service we provide. The recent donation from Buchlyvie of £10k was very welcome indeed.

As summer approaches many of you will be dusting off the boots and rucksacks and looking forward to a day in the hills and so it’s worth just reiterating a few points worth considering:

· Have you told someone where you are going and when you will be back?

· It might be summer down here but it might not be up there! Have you checked the mountain forecasts and packed appropriate clothing?

· Do you have enough food and drink with you to fuel you up and down?

· Do you have a map and compass and, equally important, do you know how to use them?

Enjoy your summer!

Ally Corbett

Rescue Team website address

Ramblers North Strathclyde Area AGM

OtherPosted by Webmaster Mon, September 28, 2015 22:41:20

Saturday 16th January 2016

North Strathclyde Area AGM and Members’ Walk

The AGM of North Strathclyde Area of the Ramblers’ Association will be held on Saturday 16th January 2016 at 10 a.m. for 10.30 in the Link Community Centre, Tryst Walk, Cumbernauld, G67 1EW.

As Strathkelvin Group forms part of North Strathclyde Area, all Group members are entitled to attend. The Notice and Agenda for the meeting will be sent to all members in December.

It is hoped to follow the meeting with a members’ walk to the Arria sculpture by the A80.


OtherPosted by Webmaster Sun, August 30, 2015 19:43:04
Welcome to this brand new feature of Strathkelvin Ramblers website. This replaces the existing LATEST NEWS page on the website. You will notice that it has a BLOG-type structure and is very similar in style to our WALK REPORTS BLOG.

There are a number of advantages in adopting this approach. Firstly, the specialist skills involved in coding and uploading new content to the website are not required. This will provide additional flexibility in keeping information up-to-date. Secondly, like the WALK REPORTS BLOG, it will provide an archive feature. Historical information will now be available to view, whereas currently only the very latest news is displayed. In addition, this format provides various tools to enhance the appearance of a posting, for example by adding photographs and links to other websites.