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UPFRONT SYHA “ CHIEF EXECUTIVE


WE’RE KEEN TO BRING YOU A MAGAZINE WHICH IS EVEN BETTER THAN BEFORE


I am delighted to welcome you to our new annual issue of the Hosteller. We have decided to merge the two issues that were produced previously into one bumper magazine early in the year. Te intention is that this will provide you with inspiration and ideas for activities, breaks and holidays through 2012.


Te annual magazine will be supplemented by two printed newsletters, which will ensure that you are kept fully up to date on key matters in relation to SYHA Hostelling Scotland. In addition, we send out a regular e-newsletter, which is packed with news and special offers. You can sign up at: hostellingscotland.com


Te decision to produce an annual magazine came about as the result of a review of our print costs, sustainability issues and consideration of the results of a recent customer survey. Te survey showed very clearly that the magazine is valued highly by all who receive it – in fact, 89 per cent of respondents who receive Hosteller read it. Tis was very encouraging


and we are keen to bring you a magazine which is even better than before. However, we also want to ensure that we provide you with information that offers a mix of print and


Keith G. Legge, Chief Executive Officer


electronic formats – to suit the preferences of our wide range of members, while also taking account of environmental and cost issues as well. I hope you enjoy reading


this new, vibrant format of Hosteller magazine – and wish you all a wonderful year of hostelling.


STORYTELLING WEEKEND TRIP


LOCH OSSIAN HOSTEL


We have put together a charming weekend of Celtic storytelling and songs, focusing on the Ossian legend, with professional story tellers Essie Stewart and Claire Hewitt in the beautiful setting of Loch Ossian Youth Hostel, from 28-30 September 2012. Te legendary figure of Ossian was a


bard – an inspirational poet, singer and artist. Tis weekend is an opportunity to enjoy these stories in English and Gaelic beside Loch Ossian, with quiet reflective time to create your own stories and maps using journals, painting or taking walks. Te traditionally styled Eco-Hostel on


Rannoch Moor is perfectly located to explore this remote wilderness and is ideal walking country. For that “away-


Head to the stunning setting of Loch Ossian for a hostelling experience with a difference in the company of Celtic story-tellers


from-it-all feel”, access to the hostel is by foot only, although Britain’s most remote train station, Corrour, is only one mile away on the Glasgow-Fort William line. Essie Stewart is a Gaelic storyteller with a strong grounding in Gaelic and Traveller tradition. Claire Hewitt has always looked to travelling and tribal people of the Earth for inspiration, and it is their tales, myths and legends she tells, interwoven with song and music from her Celtic harp, drums, cow horns, singing bowls and bells.


Prices for the weekend are £120 per person, which includes dormitory accommodation, story walks, and evening stories and songs round the fire. Please note, not suitable for under 16s. To book, contact Jan on 01397 732207 or email loch.ossian@syha.org.uk


FACTS: GAIRLOCH CARN DEARG YOUTH HOSTEL IS 80 ON 13 MAY THIS YEAR 2012 SCOTTISH HOSTELLER 5


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