2024 Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner is planned for Friday 23 February 2024 at the Invercarse Hotel, Perth Road, Dundee.

We are pleased to announce John D Burns as the guest speaker at the dinner – the title of his talk for the night is ‘Bothy Tales’. This will be followed by a musical interlude performed by Club members and a slideshow of Club photos including some of the recent archive glass slides that have been digitised.

John Burns has spent over forty years among the mountains of the Scottish Highlands. He is an author and entertaining public speaker. His books tell of his adventures in this iconic landscape and have become classics for those who love wild places. Growing up amongst the shipyards of Birkenhead, John’s passion for the outdoors was ignited by a school trip to the Lake District, where he discovered a world of freedom in the hills. Mountains became a lifelong interest and took him to places like the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Rockies and Mount Kenya. He moved to Inverness over thirty years ago to follow his passion for the Scottish hills. An expert ice climber, he was also a member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, and has taken part in numerous rescues in the Highlands.

John’s first book, shortlisted for The Great Outdoors magazine (TGO) Book of the Year, The Last Hillwalker, is acknowledged as a classic in its genre. More recently he has rediscovered his love for remote bothies and regularly visits the wilder places of his Scottish home. This has resulted in his second book, Bothy Tales, which is a best seller, and will form the basis of his talk. John will take us with him to a remote Highland bothy, where a weary traveller finds shelter from the storm. In his rucksack he has coal for the fire, candles to ward off the darkness, and a little whisky to bring some cheer. John invites us to smell the wood smoke and be transported to a world where all you have is what is packed on your rucksack and the dreams that you follow. There are stories of wild places, with near death adventures on ice wreathed cliff faces. Tales of dark deeds in distant bothies and even a brush with royalty. He also relates the struggles of working-class folk, fighting to establish their right to wander, in what promises to be an entertaining talk.

Donations as raffle prizes are welcome and we are putting out a call for them now. Contact a Council member and we will arrange for them to be picked up.

Thank you for your continued support of this important event in the Club’s calendar where members can come together and enjoy a sociable night out together.

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The Grampian Club is a Club Member of Mountaineering Scotland