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2006 AGM Fully booked.

Tom Troscianko writes that the 2006 meeting is now fully booked, so if you've been swithering about booking a place you can stop - you're too late!

2006 AGM Booking Details

Tom Troscianko sent the details out by e-mail, here they are if you missed it:

  • Dates: Friday 28 April - Monday 1 May 2006
  • Location: Gordon Hotel, The Square, Tomintoul, The Highlands AB37 9ET
  • Phone: 01807 580 206, ask for Ruth Evans
  • Hotel website: http://www.tomintoulhotels.co.uk/
  • Price: UK pounds 45 per person per night incl breakfast and 3-course dinner
  • Booking procedure:

    Send a UK chq for 15 pounds per person to me at the address below. This is a non-returnable deposit. Make chqs out to "The Gordon Hotel". Say what kind of room you want (single, twin, double, or there are some larger rooms. All at the same price per person).

    Please send the chq by 5 January 2006, but the sooner the better - I will fill the rooms in the order I get the chqs, so the sooner you send one, the more chance there is of getting the room you want!

    Nick, Christine, and I went along a few weeks ago and stayed there. It's a slightly creaky Victorian hotel in a fine village (Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands) with lots of space and a meeting room big enough for all of us to eat in and then have our meeting (with an extra adjoining space suitable for music and dancing).

    I attach a pic of us setting off on a walk, which shows the hotel in its village square location.

    Plenty of walks to be had - Cairngorms are just west of Tomintoul, and plenty of low-level walking. Hotel has fishing rights on local river (Avon, tributary of Spey). Food was good and there is a splendid pub next door with a pool table and a barmaid looking for a husband.

    Regarding travel: Easy Jet flies direct to Inverness from Bristol, Gatwick, Luton, and Belfast. I will hope to arrange transfers or perhaps minibus rental. I believe that some of the flights get in at similar times, so perhaps this will work well. More later.

    Public transport is difficult. Nearest station is Aviemore and then taxi. I have some numbers of taxi companies.

    So, for now - send me those cheques!

    Cheers

    Tom

    Professor Tom Troscianko
    Department of Experimental Psychology
    University of Bristol
    8 Woodland Rd
    Bristol BS8 1TN

    Tel (+44) 0117 928 8565
    Fax (+44) 0117 928 8588

    email tom.troscianko@bris.ac.uk

    http://psychology.psy.bris.ac.uk/people/tomtroscianko.htm

2004 and 2005 Meeting photos available

Our more frequent visitors may have noticed some new photos in the 2004 and 2005 meetings, I uploaded these some time ago, but it's taken a while to find the time to fix the layout of the galleries. So take a look at the new photos from the noughties gallery listing.

Feel free to upload your own photos to the galleries by logging in and choosing 'create content' then 'image' from the menu on the right. Get in touch if you have problems.

2004 Gallery

Digital technology is having its impact and I've already received 2 CD's of photos from the 2004 meeting. I want to set up proper Drupal galleries (to which you members will be able to upload your own photos) but this may take some time. In short, the 2004 galleries are coming, eventually. In the mean time if any member would like to submit a story describing what happened at the meeting please log in and click on the 'create content' link in the right hand column, and add a 'story'.

Scotch Perspectives 2004, Duntulm Castle Hotel, Isle of Skye

This just in from Adrian Wilkins:

Dear Spirits

As the May weekend approaches it is probably time to pass on the information about how to get to our hotel. Various options are available but public transport is not good (Philip please note). It is a long way, possibly the most remote part of the British Isles without getting your feet wet, so do not underestimate the length of time it will take to drive there.

I look forward to meeting you all in time for dinner which will be at 8pm.

Regrettably our scrivener Alan Wilkes (retired) and Judith have deemed it more important to see blood-family this year rather than participate in our own extended family celebrations, so we shall be looking for a replacement notary to “not take records of the meeting.”

Adrian “Auld Git” Wilkins

By CAR.

Route 1. From Glasgow (and further South).

  1. Take the A82 past Loch Lomond, to Crianlarich
  2. (or use the M73/A80/M80/M9 to Stirling and follow route 2)
  3. Continue on the A82 to Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Glen Coe, Fort William, Spean Bridge, to Invergarry
  4. Then turn onto the A87 down Glen Shiel past Eillan Donan Castle and Dornie (previous SSP haunt) to Kyle of Lochalsh and the new bridge to Skye (toll £5.70 each way at 2003 prices).
  5. Once in Skye, continue on the A87 through Broadford, Sligachan, Portree, to Uig. At Uig turn off onto the narrow A855 for the last 11 km to Duntulm. The Castle Hotel is on the left, overlooking the bay.
  6. If you have time to spare there is a very pretty alternative: turn off the A87 at Shiel Bridge to Glen Elg and take the old mini-ferry (toll £6) to Kylerhea and then via Glen Arroch to Broadford. The last crossing is at 5pm. The ferry does not run on Sunday until the summer, so the outbound journey is the only chance to experience this delight.

Route 2. From Stirling.

  1. Take the A84 to Callander and Lochearnhead, then the A85 to Crianlarich and join route 1 above.

Route 3. From Dundee.

  1. The A90 to Perth and then the A9 northwards past Pitlochry and Blair Atholl until the left turn onto the A889 at the Dalwhinnie distillery (pause maybe for spiritualisation). Then follow the A86 west to Spean Bridge where you join route 1.

By TRAIN and BUS.

  1. Train to Glasgow or Fort William (and on a good day to Kyle of Lochalsh).
  2. The Uig bus leaves the Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow on Friday 30th April at 10.00, arriving at Kyle at 15.58 and Uig at 17.40. After that you should telephone one of the other guests at the hotel (01470 552 213) for a lift. And book a massage if you have been on the bus from Glasgow.
  3. The return bus leaves Uig at 14.45 on Sunday afternoon, arriving Glasgow 21.55.

By Private Plane.

  1. There is an airstrip at Broadford at 6° 15\\\\\\\' 0\\\\\\\" W, 57° 20\\\\\\\' 0\\\\\\\" N, elevation 24ft, then the bus to Uig as above. The runway is only 2602 feet long so no Boeing 747s please. However a number of small operators run a “scheduled service” in high season, whatever that means.

By Sea Plane.

  1. Land (if that is what sea planes do) in Tulm Bay at Duntulm 57°40\\\\\\\'45.5\\\\\\\"N, 6°20\\\\\\\'57.4\\\\\\\"W. Swim to shore. Bring grappling hooks to scale the cliff, not to mention the box of Milk Tray for the bird in room 7. No rubber suits allowed in the lounge bar.

By Teleportation

  1. The hotel does not have a molecular reassembly transporter station. This is Skye, not The Enterprise.
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