Ellon Hillwalking Club

The Club was started by local families going walking together; this is reflected in the logo.  Still today the walks are achievable by any reasonably fit person. We don't do route marches or yomps; we walk, we talk, we sit down, we eat, we point out hills on the horizon, we check the map, we change our plans on the fly, so bring warm clothing.

Indoor meetings are held monthly on the second Monday of every month, at The Station Hotel, Ellon. These meetings generally take the form of a slide presentation and talk on some topic of interest either from an acknowledged expert in topics such as wildlife or geology, or members telling of recent trips to the hills - from the Cairngorms to the Andes. However, in the summer months walks are organised for the evening  meetings, this might be to one of our local hills, Bennachie or Clach na Ben, or a walk along some of the dramatic Buchan coastline.

A full programme of outdoor trips is arranged with at least one meeting a month, usually on the Sunday following the indoor meeting. Members meet in the Community Centre car park and a minibus is often hired to transport everyone to the start of the walk. In the past this facility has allowed the Club to undertake some of the classic through walks, like the Lairig Ghru, by using two buses and handing over the keys when the two parties cross halfway. The Cairngorms, Deeside and Donside are our normal venues because of their proximity, but in recent years weekend "bothy" meets have been arranged in March, May and October; a block booking of a bunkhouse is made, usually somewhere on the west coast, which gives a comfortable weather proof base from which to explore more remote hills, often in their first winter coat. The May Bunkhouse weekend is always on Skye.

As well as providing organised meetings and trips to the hills, the club provides a friendly environment in which to get to know the countryside a little better. For less experienced walkers there is always someone willing to take the time to pass on some of their considerable knowledge and experience.