Stewarts Melville, now combined with Mary Erskine, have been coming to Croick each year for at least twenty years, as part of an annual expedition for students in Year 3. They camp by the Old Manse, whilst the teachers take refuge inside! About 200 students take part every year which I think is fantastic.
Students walk into Croick in parties of about 30 and last night for the first time in memory conditions were so awful that they had to take refuge in our barn. We had torrential rain combined with gale force winds and, to top it all, a power cut. It really was a miserable night particularly as the party had walked in over the hills to get here and were already soaking on arrival. It is not a big barn so I can only imagine that it must have been cosy with thirty odd people and a roaring fire. I’m glad we were able to help.
The following morning it was still very windy and there were some heavy showers of rain and hail. In between the campsite looks almost idyllic. But last night several of the tents were flattened and others got very wet.
Today the group set off on the next leg, and another group arrive tonight. I hope the weather improves for them!
PS: apologies for the spelling and grammatical atrocities. I hope they have now been corrected.