Creative Inspirational Week: Walking

Relaxed walks in Scotland to inspire the heart

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Course In Progress

14 - 21 May 2022

Ellel Scotland

One Week Event

Saturday - Saturday

About the Course


Being outside, enjoying and admiring God’s creation is hugely beneficial to us body, soul and spirit providing us with respite from the busyness and intensity of life. To be able to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the country with like-minded people is an additional bonus!

This event offers you the chance to do just this with a week of inspirational walks in the stunning beauty of the Scottish countryside. With rugged mountains, rolling hills, peaceful lochs and dramatic coastline all within easy reach of Blairmore, this event allows you to explore the diversity of God’s creation and give you time and space to be with Him as well as enjoy the company of others.

The walks will be tailored to the abilities of those who attend, with the focus not being on achievement, but rather on enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and allowing Him to speak through it. Each day will begin with an inspirational devotional to set the right focus for the day and the walks will offer you time of personal reflection or times of restorative fellowship, there is no pressure either way.

Each day offers a different experience; you will be able to enjoy the raw beauty of the Moray Firth coastline (keep your eye out for dolphins), the rugged peaks of the Cairngorm mountains (you don’t have to climb one), as well as rivers, forests, heathland and hills. We will also do our best to find coffee shops for restorative drinks and cake throughout the week.

Led by Johann Hanekom, Ellel Scotland’s Deputy Director and outdoor enthusiast, you will be in safe and knowledgeable hands. We recommend all participants bring suitable walking footwear and waterproof clothes as we will not be deterred by inclement weather!

Our Covid Policy

Our Covid Policy

COVID-19 POLICY

This policy was last updated on 23rd September 2021.

Summary:

With the easing of national restrictions across the UK in the summer of 2021, we wanted to update you about the changes we are making at our UK centres. Please note that current restrictions will slightly differ at Ellel Scotland.

Health and Safety procedures that will stay in place:

  • We will continue to use screens at the centres where they have been previously installed.
  • Hand sanitiser will be remain available throughout the centres.
  • Our additional cleaning regime will continue throughout all areas of the centres.
  • We will keep the centres well-ventilated.
  • If you feel unwell and are showing symptoms of Coronavirus we kindly ask that you do not visit us.

Face Masks
The wearing of face masks will be optional for all guests and team. In Scotland, masks are still required in public areas and while singing.

Meetings and Worship
We will be returning to normal seating arrangements in our conference rooms and singing will be allowed by all present during times of worship.

Accommodation
We will be returning to shared bedroom accommodation at the centres.

Track and trace
As all of our guests are required to pre-book and register on arrival at the centre, we will have an accurate record of who is present. We also have the NHS QR code to register your visit for those using the NHS app in England.

Full Policy:

Protecting our guests and helping everyone feel at ease

In the current world situation with Covid-19 it is our responsibility and heart to keep all our guests and team safe.

We agreed as a UK Leadership that we would follow the Government guidelines for each country and bring changes to procedures in-line with their advice and guidance. Below you will find the procedures we have in place in accordance with the new guidelines issued this summer.

The safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members is always at the forefront of our minds. We are confident in the operating procedures we have in place, but we are more confident in the faithful God that we all serve. Nothing can replace the importance of prayer and trust. He is the One we look to be our guide and our shield throughout these days!

Be assured – all our teams are working hard to keep you safe, but we are also praying hard! We love nothing more than hearing how welcome and “at home” our guests feel, and we cannot wait to welcome you back. Our prayer is that you feel just as ease and able to relax and enjoy the Lord’s presence as ever.

With many blessings

Andy Taylor
UK & Ireland Director

Public Areas

From the minute you step through our doors you can be confident that we have prayerfully and practically prepared the building for you.

  • Hand Sanitiser
    Hand sanitiser is available in many locations around the property for both guests and team members.
  • Cleaning
    Public and team member areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitised.
  • Contact Areas
    We’re encouraging contactless payments.
  • Toilets
    Where possible we have designated toilets for all our guests and team members.

Reception

  • Registration
    Our receptionists will be behind screened shields (at relevant Centres) and all paperwork they pass to you will be limited to avoid unnecessary contact.
  • Chip and Pin
    We are asking guests to please pay by contactless or chip and pin wherever possible.

Guest Bedrooms

  • PPE
    Our team will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment in line with guidance to prepare and clean all bedrooms.
  • Linen & towels
    All linen and towels at our Centres will be washed at a higher temperature.
  • Minimal Printed Materials
    Where possible we will have limited printed materials given to our guests and in their bedrooms. Where we do have these they will be sanitised between each guest stay.

Prayer Ministry & Worship

  • Worship
    Worship times will involve corporate singing.
  • Times of ministry
    There will be a mix of prayer ministry led from the front and Prayer Ministry Team available to pray with you as required and allocated.
  • Prayer
    Our teams are praying for you during your stay. Our Centres run on prayer!

Mask Wearing and Social Distancing

In line with Government guidelines it is optional whether team and guests want to wear a face covering. We are also not enforcing social distancing at our Centres. In Scotland, masks are still required in public areas and while singing.

Our Team Members

Our team members are brilliant, and their safety and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us. To ensure this we have adopted the following safety measures. Again, we will adapt these in line with guidance, but we want our team to feel confident and comfortable being at work and for those who live on-site.

  • Hand sanitiser
    Hand sanitiser is available around all team areas and encouraged regularly.
  • Team Member Communications
    We communicate regularly with our team. Each team member is also in regular contact with their manager.
  • Team Toilets
    Team are allocated to a toilet for their use during the working day.
  • PPE
    Team members will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment in line with guidance in certain areas and roles within the Centre.
  • Lateral Flow Testing
    The team are encouraged to do personal lateral flow tests twice a week. If they feel unwell they follow the self-isolating procedure we have in place and are encouraged to test as soon as possible.

We Need Your Help Too

It goes without saying that, as much as we can’t wait to see you, to keep everyone safe we need your help…

  • Symptoms
    If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of COVID-19 we ask you not to visit any of our Centres. If you do develop any symptoms whilst at any of our Centres, we ask you to isolate yourself, call 111 and report by phone to our Warden at the Centre (numbers will be in each room)
  • Hand Washing
    Please wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitiser is also available throughout our Centre.
  • Contactless Payments
    Please use contactless or chip and pin at our Bookshop and please pre-pay for your attendance on our events before you arrive, where possible.

I’ve enjoyed Scottish nature and through that hear from God... God is so good and takes care of me. Through this week – the walking, the worship, the devotionals, the sharing together, the care by the team – I have come to a greater acceptance of myself.


Guest - Creative Inspirational Week: Walking

The Programme

Typically, each walk will be 4-7 miles long, starting with flat, easy walks and building up to a more challenging hill walk. However, this can be adjusted according to the groups needs, whether it be a desire for more of a challenge or for an easier ramble.

Walks can include visits to:

  • The Moray Firth coastline
  • The Cairngorm National Park
  • Deeside moorland
  • Glenlivet Estate
  • River walk (Spey or Dee)
  • Old railways

Book Your Place


Booking Options

You'll be able to select your preferred booking option for each participant in the next step

Deposit

£100.00

Non-Residential

£280.00

Standard

Sold Out £525.00

Premium

£595.00

Facilities

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Accommodation

When booking an event at Blairmore,
there are two options for accommodation,
Premium and Standard.

All rooms at Blairmore are 2-3 person sharing and en-suite.  Premium accommodation is more expensive due to the high-quality standard of the rooms, which were lovingly restored with antiques; standard accommodation is more simply renovated in a modern style.

Do contact us if you have any query about staying at Blairmore House.

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Meals & Drinks

Our kitchen team are passionate about making delicious, nutritious meals for our guests. We are able to cater for some special medical diets if you give us notice on booking and liaise with us.

Meal times are typically:
Breakfast 8.45am
Lunch 12.45pm
Evening Meal 6.00pm.

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Reception

We have a friendly reception team who will be available throughout your stay and will be able to help you with any problems or questions you may have.

It is generally open week days 9.00am- 5.00pm.

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Car Parking

We have a car park in front of the house for all our guests.  Feel free to unload at reception before parking (all cars are parked at your own risk).

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Disabled Access

We have limited ground floor bedrooms available so please enquire when booking your room if we have availability.

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Internet

Free WiFi internet access is available by reception in the house.

Getting Here and Other Details

Ellel Scotland

Ellel Scotland is set in the village of Glass, which is 45 miles west of Aberdeen in the north of Scotland. Its nearest town is Huntly.

Ellel Scotland
Blairmore House
Glass, Huntly
Aberdeenshire
AB54 4XH
United Kingdom

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+44 (0)1466 799102
info.scotland@ellel.org

Find out more about this location

Flying

Road

Rail & Taxi

Our nearest international airport is Aberdeen (ABZ), which is 45 miles away. From there you can take a taxi to the local train station, Aberdeen Dyce, and take a train to Huntly, the closest town.

Plan Your Stay

Walking Week, North Sea Coast

Blairmore House is situated amongst stunning scenery, with rivers, lochs, mountains and coastland all within easy reach. It makes it an ideal destination for our walking and creative retreats. The coast is 25 miles north to Blairmore House, about 45 minutes drive.

Balmoral

Balmoral Castle was owned by Queen Victoria and is now the private property of  Queen Elizabeth II. She resides there each summer. When the Queen is away, the castle is open to receive tourist guests. Balmoral is 50 miles south of Blairmore House, and about 1.5 hr drive away.

Cairngorm Mountains

The Cairngorms are a wild mountain range in the eastern highlands of Scotland. They are a National Park, and offer stunning scenery, hiking and skiing adventures. Aviemore town is a hub of winter sport activity when the snow arrives, having its own ski resort.

Blairmore House

There is plenty of beautiful scenery on the doorstep of Blairmore House, with woodland paths around our own grounds, or nearby walks just a short drive away.


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