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The Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon

ISLE OF MULL 2005 - RETURN OF THE STING
Please keep this with you except during the event

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE!

  • The LAMM Event Centre is on the Isle of Mull at Torosay Castle
  • Ferries depart on Friday at: 14:00 (950), 16:00 (950), 18:00 (950), 20:30 (950) and finally 22:30 (500)
  • Ferries depart on Saturday at 07:30 (950) and ONLY IF YOU HAVE A TRAVEL DISASTER at 09:30.

Note that ferry passenger capacities are in brackets. The ferry journey is 45 minutes. OUR MARSHALL WILL HAVE GIVEN YOU ONE RETURN PASSENGER FERRY TICKET PER COMPETITOR. Additional tickets can be purchased for £6 each. If you lose it you will need to purchase a replacement from our Information Desk or the ferry ticket office.

YOU SHOULD PARK HERE ONLY IF YOU ARE RETURNING TO COLLECT YOUR CAR BY SUNDAY EVENING. OTHERWISE, PLEASE PARK YOUR CAR SOMEWHERE NEAR THE FERRY TERMINAL. PLEASE NOTE THAT PARKING IN THE CENTRE OF OBAN IS VERY SCARCE.

It is a 1KM, 20 mins, walk to the Calmac ferry terminal from the car park and you need to be there 10 mins before the sailing, so LEAVE HERE at least 30 minutes before a sailing. Food is available on the ferry but be aware of the possibility of queues on busy sailings. Wilfs will be providing their usual fayre until late on Friday night and early on Saturday morning.

BIKES - If you wish to take a bike to the island, visit our parking marshal and purchase a return bike ticket for £2. If we have run out of bike tickets, purchase from the Calmac ticket office. You must not take your bike if you are only travelling to the island on Saturday morning.

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CATCHING THE FINAL 22:30 FERRY - DO YOU WANT FOOD AT WILFS WHEN YOU ARRIVE?
Members of the public will have priority. If there are an unpredictably large number of members of the public intending to catch the 22:30, it is possible that the ferry will overfill. If this happens a few of you may not be able to travel to the Isle of Mull on Friday evening. We have done our best to persuade as many as possible to arrive early for the LAMM this year. If you are turned back from the ferry we suggest that the car driver returns to the LAMM car park for the car and picks up the passengers from the Ferry Terminal. Then see the note below about camping near Oban.

Those of you on the 22:30 ferry will arrive at the Event Centre at about 23:45. Our caterers, Wilfs, will be at the Event Centre and will be pleased to provide food until 01:00 but please mention your requirement to our marshal who will be at the foot of the ferry gangway as you embark. He will keep a rough count and telephone the numbers through to Wilfs.

ARRIVING AT THE PARKING AFTER 22:00 ON FRIDAY - CAMPSITE NEAR OBAN
The last ferry leaves for the Isle of Mull at 22:30 on Friday. You should find local accommodation around Oban and return here on Saturday morning, ready to walk to the ferry by 07:00. We have arranged the option for you to camp at an excellent campsite 3 miles south of Oban. Return to Argyll Square in the centre of the town and follow the brown tourist road signs south along a narrow coast road to Gallanach Campsite (also signed sometimes as Oban Caravan & Camping Park, NOT Glenshallach Campsite). Please visit the white house on the centre of the campsite and pay for your camping on Friday night even if it is late. The managers, Judy and Howard Jones, would prefer this to being woken early on Saturday morning. A nice spot to camp is in a small enclosure opposite the campsite and overlooking the Sound of Kerrera.

DIRECTIONS FROM LAMM CAR PARK TO THE FERRY
If you are leaving the LAMM car park before 16:00 on Friday please walk out along the dirt track to the main road then turn right towards the centre of Oban. After 16:00 you may proceed to the NW corner of the car park and take a shorter route between school buildings that leads to a minor road. TL for 100M to the main road. TR and walk 600M towards the Centre of Oban. At Argyll Square, a large roundabout, take the third exit, ignoring the sign on the left for vehicles heading to the ferry. When you reach the harbour wall, TL and follow signs to Oban Ferry Terminal.

DIRECTIONS FROM FERRY ARRIVAL TO TOROSAY
On disembarking, turn left along the main road. After 500M the road rises for 200M and then bear left at the LAMM sign onto a track that leaves the road beside a gatehouse. Follow the track for 1300M to the Event Centre field beside Torosay Castle.

ARRIVING ON THE ISLAND SATURDAY MORNING AT 08:15
Please be ready to "run" when you leave the ferry. You will be directed to registration where you will leave a bag that we will transport to the Event Centre marquee. We will brief you about the schedule for the morning but time will be pressing.

AFTER THE EVENT IS OVER
If you retire early and wish to leave the island on Saturday your ticket will be valid for any sailing - 12:30, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00

RETURN FERRIES ON SUNDAY
These will depart at 08:45(950), 11:00(950), 13:00(950), 15:00(950), 16:15 (special - 500), 17:00(950), 19:00(950). There is plenty of capacity to ensure that all who wish to can leave the island on Sunday. Members of the public will take priority over LAMM competitors. LAMM competitors using the LAMM coach, returning on flights or by other public transport will then take priority over other LAMM competitors for whom places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you are not in a rush, please chill at the Event Centre and allow those who are pressed for time to catch the 15:00 ferry.

PRIZEGIVING - 13:30
Weather permitting, this will take place in the castle gardens on the lawn in front of Torosay Castle, otherwise in the marquee. The prizegiving will be completed by 14:00, leaving plenty of time for a gentle meander to the 15:00 ferry. If you are in a hurry, we suggest that you deposit your bags by the field fence on your way to the Castle gardens, ready for an efficient departure after the prizegiving.

TRAINS ON SUNDAY TO THE FERRY AT CRAIGNURE
The weekend would not be complete without the option to take a train on the Isle of Mull steam railway from Torosay Station to Craignure. There are two trains that carry 90 and 70 people respectively. We have some extra services and trains will depart at: 10:40, 12:10(for 13:00 ferry), 12:20(for 13:00 ferry), 14:10(for 15:00 ferry), 14:25(for 15:00 ferry), 14:50(for 16:15 ferry), 15:30(for 16:15 ferry), 16:10(for 17:00 ferry), 16:20(for 17:00 ferry). The train journey is 15 minutes and it is a 10 minute walk to the ferry from Craignure station. As you depart from the Event Centre field walking to the ferry, a marshal will hand you a train ticket if there is spare capacity on the next train connecting with the ferry you wish to catch. On your way to the train you will deposit your large rucksack in a trailer as both you and the rucksack will not fit on the small train. You will retrieve your rucksack from the vehicle near the ferry departure pier at Craignure.

CATCHING FLIGHTS/PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM GLASGOW
If you arrive on the LAMM coach you will receive a priority voucher, which allows you to move to the front of queue for the 15:00 ferry sailing. The LAMM coach leaves Oban Ferry Terminal at 16:00 and so anyone who intends to use the coach must be on the 15:00 ferry or earlier. If you are using other public transport, please collect a priority voucher at the LAMM Information desk after registration or on Sunday from the LAMM shop. Please do not take advantage of the system - these vouchers are ONLY for those returning by public transport.

CATCHING THE COACH FROM OBAN TO GLASGOW AIRPORT
The coach will depart from a location very close to where you were dropped off. This will be pointed out to you on Friday evening. It is imperative that we get the coach loaded and on its way to Glasgow ASAP after you arrive at Oban.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE FERRY TO THE LAMM CAR PARK
Refer to the directions above describing your original journey to the ferry. Follow the Lochgilphead road, signed from Argyll Square. After 600M TL by the Job Centre. After 100M, TR onto Glenfoot Terrace and bear right through the school to the LAMM car park.

LOCAL ADVERTISING

Mediterranea - a very fine authentic Italian Restaurant at Salen on the Isle of Mull. Serena and John Coyle took part in their first LAMM together in 1995 on the Isle of Mull. Ten years on John is a teacher at Tobermory and Serena owns a very fine Italian restaurant at Salen, about ten miles along the road from Craignure. On your next visit to the Isle of Mull make a date at Mediterranea - www.mullonthemed.com 01680 300200.

Torosay Castle Tour of the house and Castle Café - After you have completed the event and enjoyed your meal provided by Wilfs, think about visiting the castle, the gardens and relaxing in the castle café.

 

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Route planning above Loch Duich

The clouds over mid camp

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