Marhofn 255.14 - May 2012

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Islay, 8-10 June 2012

Alan Holmes

The MarHoF annual gathering this year will be held on Islay over the weekend of 8-10 June 2012. All are welcome, including friends and partners. The dinner and annual general meeting will take place in the main hall at Ardbeg Distillery, three miles east of Port Ellen, on Saturday 9 June.

For those arriving on the Friday, join us for a drink from 7.30pm at the Ardview Inn, Port Ellen. On the Saturday, meet for dinner in the main hall at Ardbeg - 7pm or earlier for a 7.30 sit-down. The freshly prepared three-course dinner will be closely followed by an informal AGM and there will be a bar serving real ale from Islay's own brewery until midnight. The evening will conclude with entertainment (?) provided by some of our braver members. Cost is £25 per head for the meal, which includes a vegetarian option.

Paps of Jura over Loch Mhurchaidh (photo: Jim Fothergill)

Supporting activities lined up this time will include:

Saturday 9 - Island RIB trip visiting Texa, Cara Island, Isle of Gigha, Brosdale Island - departing Ardbeg 9.30am, returning 5.30pm. (£50pp) Places still available.

Sunday 10 - RIB ride to McArthur's Head, to facilitate a linear walk over the south-east Islay Marilyns. Places still available.

Monday 11 - RIB ride to Glenbatrick Bay, Jura, to facilitate a linear walk over the Jura Paps, back towards Craighouse. Places still available.

Tuesday 12 - RIB ride to Shian Bay, Jura, to facilitate a linear walk over Dubh Bheinn and Beinn Bhreac, back towards Craighouse. Places still available.

Hotel, self-catering, B and B accommodation is plentiful in the Port Ellen/Ardbeg area.

For more information on RIB trips, accommodation around Ardbeg or to reserve your place at dinner, contact the organiser Alan Holmes ( or 01325 488225 or 07791 239008). Note that all the Islay Caledonian MacBrayne ferries will be running to and from Port Askaig due to construction work on the Port Ellen pier.

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