Scottish Council 2018

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Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops

161 Springfield Road


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“Scottish Council was a great event, the quality of speakers was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend” Scottish Council delegate 2017

Don’t miss out, join us in Aberdeen in 2018 for an exciting and interesting weekend of walks, talks, workshops, elections, discussion and socialising with members from across Scotland.

Scottish Council is the annual opportunity for members to gather from all over Scotland to debate, discuss and formally review our work, hear about inspiring new initiatives, meet fellow Ramblers from our 54 groups and stand for election to get involved in the running of the organisation.

Any Ramblers Scotland member, who has been a member since 10 March 2017 or earlier, can stand for election to the Scottish Council Executive Committee.

There's plenty to enjoy:

  • An illustrated lecture from Ben Dolphin, self confessed “nature nut” and Ramblers Scotland’s new President

  • Learn about Ramblers Scotland’s work and group activities over the last year

  • Ask questions of the Scottish Council Executive Committee members (SCEC)

  • Participate in a range of speed workshops where you can learn and share practice on a range of topics including: problem solving, organising a festival activity, addressing walk leadership issues, area support for groups, data protection, producing area and group programmes, increasing volunteer participation and working as one team.

  • Debate motions and policy issues and hear from a special guest speaker

  • Hear from the three winners of the 2017 Scottish Council Challenge about their exciting projects and achievements

  • Hear about our groups successes

  • Enjoy a dinner with fellow members from across Scotland

  • And enjoy walks, fun activities and use of the hotel pool and leisure facilities!

All members are welcome to attend. Only people representing their Area, Group, or Affiliated organisation along with Honorary Officers, members of SCEC and Agenda Committee will be able to vote at the conference. We urge every Area and Group to send delegates.


  • Each Group can send one voting delegate.

  • Each Area can send two voting delegates.

  • Honorary Officers and members of SCEC and the Agenda Committee, as well as 3 members of the Board of Trustees can attend.

  • Affiliated organisations can send one voting delegate.

Dick Balharry Memorial Talk and Dinner, Saturday 10 March
For interested members, who are not planning to attend Scottish Council, there are a limited number of tickets available for the dinner and talk by Ben Dolphin, President of Ramblers Scotland. The talk is free but the cost of dinner is £25 per head. (Please note members attending Scottish Council do not need to book separately for the Dick Balharry talk and dinner, your ticket already includes this event)

There is no cost to attend Scottish Council if you are the official representative from your Area, Group, Affiliated Group or are an Honorary Officer, member of SCEC or the Agenda Committee.

Accommodation is free if you share a room. If you'd like a room on your own, there is a single room supplement of £35, this applies to all official delegates. (This includes Area and Group representatives, Honorary Officers, SCEC and the Agenda Committee)

We encourage non voting members and guests to attend but please note your transport and overnight costs must be paid for by yourself or out of your Area or Group funds, if agreed beforehand by either your Group or Area.

If you are paying your own accommodation, the cost is £50 each for a shared room and £85 for a single room. (This includes dinner, bed and breakfast)

Payment for accommodation should be sent to Ramblers Scotland no later than the 9 February 2018. Please either:

  • send a cheques, made payable to Ramblers' Association Scotland, to Jeannie Cranfield, Ramblers Scotland, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh. EH12 9DQ

  • or send bank transfer to Unity Trust Bank, Sort Code: 60-83-01, Bank Account: 20124380. Please use your surname and the reference SC18 with this transfer.

Whilst we cover expenses for each official Area and Group delegate who attends, it is expected that, where possible, official delegates will share transport to minimise costs to Ramblers Scotland. We do not pay expenses for other members, representatives from Affiliated Groups or additional persons attending the conference. Your transport costs should be covered either by yourself or by the Area or Group, if agreed in advance.

Registration on Saturday 10 March and will be open from 11.00am in the foyer of the conference suite in the hotel followed by a buffet lunch at 12noon - 1pm.

If there's enough interest there will be a walk before Scottish Council starting at 9am from the hotel. (Bags can be dropped with the concierge in the hotel).

The formal business of Scottish Council will commence at 1pm.

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