2017 AGM & Members' Gathering in Fort William
Join us in the Outdoor Capital of the UK for the John Muir Trust's Annual General Meeting and Members' Gathering
With a special focus on Ben Nevis, which attracts over 100,000 visitors each year, the John Muir Trust's 2017 AGM & Members' Gathering will be held in Fort William.
Friday 26 May | West Highland College
Carmichael Way, Fort William PH33 6FF | 01397 874000
Come along to an informal gathering at the West Highland College anytime from 7.30pm, to connect with staff, trustees and fellow members for a couple of hours.
Saturday 27 May | Nevis Centre
An Aird, Fort William PH33 6AN | 01397 700707
From 9am you can join us at the Nevis Centre for registration and to enjoy a coffee before we begin with the ever popular staff reports followed by the formal AGM and open forum. Grab your packed lunch before heading to an excursion or to enjoy some free time ahead of the evening buffet.
09:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 11:15 Welcome and staff reports
11:15 - 11:30 Refreshment break
11:30 - 13:30 AGM and open forum
13:30 - 14:00 Packed lunches
14:00 - 18:00 Excursions (see below for more details)
19:30 - 22:00 Hot buffet and an evening celebrating Ben Nevis with Nevis Landscape Partnership
1. Guided walk through Steall Gorge £5 (few spaces left)
Visit our property to see what developments have been made in the area and enjoy the wild and rocky route to the wire bridge to see the Steall Ban waterfall. Ali Austin, Nevis Property Manager, will show you the repairs that were made to the footpath when heavy rain caused a major rock fall in October 2016. The path is clear but uneven and suitable footwear is essential.
Max 15 people. Dogs allowed on leads. Transport provided.
2. Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre Free
A ten minute walk from the AGM venue takes you to the Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre, crammed with great rock and mineral specimens and fantastic information about the landscape and geology in Lochaber. Lochaber Geopark geologist/s will be on hand to explain the various aspects of the exhibition.
Max 30 people. No dogs allowed.
Head off into open water to explore the rugged and remote Scottish coastline in open boats with two instructors from Outward Bound Trust, outdoor education centre. OBT are also John Muir Award providers so you will find out how they use nature and adventure to teach valuable skills and build confidence. Suitable only for confident swimmers.
Max 12 people. No dogs allowed. Transport provided.
On a walk and talk with Environmental Manager, Davie Austin, learn about land management activities at Nevis Range. You can also effortlessly climb over 1800 feet in the centre's gondola system to see spectacular views of Aonach Mor and take in the fresh mountain air.
Max 15 people. No dogs allowed. Transport provided.
5. Policy Discussion Free
Protecting landscapes - what are the costs and benefits? We all know how important quality landscapes are for health and wellbeing, but there are also economic benefits from protecting landscapes. This session will give you an opportunity to meet the Policy team, find out more about the Trust's work to defend and enhance wild places, and share your thoughts/ask questions.
Max 30 people. No dogs allowed.
There are a range of accommodation options in and around Fort William. To find hotels, hostels, B&Bs or campsites try the Visit Scotland or Walkhighlands websites which allow you to search the whole of the Lochaber area for somewhere to stay.
With train and bus stations so close to the venues, why not adventure further afield and check out accommodation in Banavie, Glenfinnan or Arisaig?
One member has offered free accommodation (two twins rooms) near Fort William for people attending the AGM. Please get in touch with the Membership Manager, Emma, if you'd like to find out more.
By rail or bus | Fort William train and bus stations are on the doorstep of both the West Highland College and The Nevis Centre, being no more than a 5 minute walk away. Download the West Highlands train timetable or check Lochaber bus information here.
By car | From the A82, take the roundabout turn off for Morrisons supermarket. The West Highland College is situated opposite the Morrison's petrol station and The Nevis Centre is 100 metres along the road on the left. There are various car parks within the area.
For further information please visit www.visitscotland.com
Booking for the AGM & Members' Gathering closes on Monday 8 May, 2017. The AGM is free and is open to all members but please do book so we know to expect you.