The Stockets organise regular bus trips to the hills within the Aberdeen and Grampian area, often covering through routes in the Cairngorms or Mounth ranges. We also have several weekends away each year where a hostel or bunkhouse is booked to give access to hills in the North West Highlands and further afield within Scotland. We welcome new hillwalkers on all of these trips where there should be a range of routes on offer to suit different requirements and fitness levels.
For a full calendar of walks for the current season please view the Programme page.
If you would like to book a place on an upcoming walk please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name and contact telephone number. Bookings for a walk generally open two weeks prior to the date of the walk but we are happy to receive notification of your interest at any time. For a more detailed description of our booking policy please click here.
Hill walking with the Stockets requires a reasonable level of fitness. By definition hill walking involves walking up large hills and covering at least 10 miles some of the times on rough grounds. However most people who lead normal active lives are probably sufficiently fit. New or inexperienced participants should consider the alternative shorter walks, where available, until confident of their fitness.
The coach departs from the Mid-Stocket Road end of Gordondale Road (click to view a map). There is ample free on street parking available on Gordondale Road itself.
Most people arrive at the coach wearing their hill walking gear and normal day footwear. There is normally ample luggage space in the hold of the coach for rucksacks containing your equipment. There is time before starting walking to put on boots, which are usually taken with you onto the coach. The coach usually makes a toilet stop on the outward and return journeys.
Some of the more experienced Club Members are usually prepared to accompany and advise novice or less experienced walkers on the hill. Thus both the main and alternative walks can be done with a group of others if so desired.
Many people bring normal casual clothing to change out of possibly wet gear after the walk, for the pub session.
For many years this was an an overnight walk - the coach departed Aberdeen late on a Friday evening and the walk started around dawn and finished around lunchtime with a BBQ.
Owing to declining attendance for this event, for 2016 we are changing the format. The bus will depart Aberdeen mid morning to allow a walk followed by a BBQ, and return to Aberdeen late evening.
The December walk, on a Saturday, is followed by the Christmas party in a Deeside venue. This is the highlight of the year. Members don fancy dress and party until midnight before the coach home. The event features Christmas dinner, party pieces and a disco.
We run a group on Facebook for all Stocket Hillwalking Club members to use. Primarily people use this to share stories and photos from the walks but it is also a good place to organise walks outwith the club or advertise events in Aberdeen that might be of interest to members. To join the group you need to have a Facebook account and then search "Stocket Hillwalking Club" from within Facebook and click join. If you are a confirmed club member you will be accepted within 48 hours. If you have any issues or general queries about the Facebook group or joining Facebook please contact email@example.com and someone will assist.