Mountain Adventure – July 2016

Ballintoy and Dunseverick Scouts and their families are going on a mountain adventure this July! Thank you to everyone who has confirmed that they can come!

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
32 Hilltown Road
BT33 0PZ

For more information on Tollymore visit:

All rooms are en-suite and towels and bed-linnen are provided.


Plan of activities

*subject to change under some circumstances including really, really adverse weather conditions

Thursday 28th July 2016

Arrive at Tollymore at any time between 1:30 and 3pm.

3:30pm: Visit Newcastle sea-front to visit “the greatest sweetshop in the world” to stock up for Fridays mountain hike and get an ice-cream and walk along the sea-front and beach

5:30pm: Evening meal at Tollymore

6:30pm: Climbing Wall – we have a 1 hour instructed session for scouts starting at 6:30pm on Thursday. Parents and other children are also invited to join in the “hotrock” session (climbing wall and hotrocks wall crash mats below – great fun for the slightly less adventurous!) and have a go as well at a cost of £2.50 per person payable at the start of the session after taking a look!

8pm: Tired children to bed etc. based on individual levels of tiredness, non-tired children chill-out and chat time in the upstairs lounge (please do bring card or board games with you if you like!).


Friday 29th July 2016

8am: Breakfast

9am: Morning briefing with Tollymore mountain leader to learn about advanced map reading and route planning and planning around weather conditions. Collect packed lunch (provided by Tollymore) before departure. During the briefing younger children are welcome to explore outside or play football etc.

10:30am: Depart for the Mourne mountains to put map and compass reading in to practice. Scouts in the mini-bus and everyone else following in own vehicles. Nothing too strenuous, don’t worry – more than suitable for everyone!

4pm: Return to Tollymore to shower & relax before dinner

5:30pm: Evening meal at Tollymore

After dinner: Planning a route for us all on Saturday and then relaxing & games.


Saturday 30th July 2016

8am: Breakfast

9am: Finalising the route based on weather conditions on the day and collecting packed lunch (provided by Tollymore). Pack up rooms (luggage can be left in the centre during the day’s walking for later collection)

10:30am: Depart for the days adventure in the mountains.

3pm: Arrive back at Tollymore and pack up vehicles

6pm: McDonalds in Sprucefield for a post-adventure meal on the way home.


Room assignments

*can be tweaked if required upon arrival

Family room:
Richard Taylor
Barbara Taylor
Julian Taylor
Thomas Taylor
Nathaniel Taylor

Family room:
William Browne
Sharon Browne
Megan Browne
Jack Browne
Aiden Browne

Double Room:
Gavin Hutchinson
Martha Hutchinson

Triple Single Room:
Kit Hutchinson
Hesta Hutchinson
Oonagh Jordan

Triple Single Room:
Joe Hutchinson
Adam Taylor
Eoin Jordan

Triple Single Room:
Visitor Montgomery
Visitor Montgomery
Michael McMullan

Single/Twin Room:
Helene Jordan

Single/Twin Room:
Billy Montgomery


What to bring – essentials kit list

Usual clothes to wear when travelling / visiting the sea front / evening wear.

For families, some things can be shared, young children should not have their own rucksack, in this case the adult rucksack must be big enough to hold all the packed lunches.

Trousers or Shorts (NO JEANS)
Walking boots or strong trainers
Waterproof Coat
Waterproof Trousers
Fleece Top (this is in addition to what you are wearing, the weather can suddenly turn cold)
Multiple thin layers (t-shirts etc)
Woolly Hat
Sun Hat
Sun Cream
Insect Repellant
Lightweight rucksack (day sack) to take with you on the walk to hold additional clothing, water and lunch.

If you have walking poles, do bring them, however the centre can provide these if required.

Underwear & Toiletries – don’t forget your toothbrush!

Remember that the weather conditions can be highly changeable even though it is July, its always better to have too much than too little clothing with you!



The cost of the accommodation, food and activities for the trip is ZERO! We have been selling Minecrafter badges worldwide with amazing results this year and have raised a substantial portion of the £1800 cost of the camp. The remainder of the cost for the trip has been sponsored by ISArc Limited as part of their charitable contributions for the 2016/2017 year.

Some small costs are not covered. Please bring/send money for:

– £2.50 for non-scouts/adults who wish to join in with the climbing wall activity
– Money for ice-cream/sweets at Newcastle sea-front
– Money for McDonalds meal on the way home



Any questions – phone Richard and ask on 07818 047517