International Travel to Glasgow
No matter how you travel to Glasgow, you will need to stay over on the Friday evening of 5th May as our meetup is on Saturday 6th May at 07.30am in Glasgow Queen Street Station. For those of you travelling internationally, we recommend that you fly directly into Glasgow Airport (code GLA), you may wish to arrive even earlier to get acclimatized or explore the city.
On arrival to Glasgow International, you can take a bus or taxi into the city center. We recommend staying in the George Square area which is in walking distance to Queen Street Station. (We will provide you with recommendations of local places to stay after booking.)
Travel details from Glasgow to the Isle of Eigg on Saturday 6th May
While you are welcome to make your own travel plans and arrive on Eigg before the beginning of the retreat. We will provide recommendations of nearby places to stay for the Friday evening. You are required to purchase your own train ticket (we will provide the train booking website after booking), a return journey from Glasgow to Mallaig costs approximately forty pounds. Ferry tickets can be purchased before boarding the ferry (approximate fare seven pounds return).
Group meeting arrangements for Saturday 19th May 2018:
- Group meeting time at Glasgow Queen Street Station: 07.30am
- Train Leaves Glasgow Queen Street: 08.21am
- Train arrives at Mallaig: 13.34pm
- Ferry departs Mallaig: 14.25pm
- Arrives at the Isle of Eigg: 15.40pm
How do I get Back to Glasgow After the Retreat is Finished?
If you wish to immediately travel back to Glasgow after the Retreat, you can accompany the Retreat Assistant. Departure is on Monday 28th May and the timings of your journey are:
- Ferry departs Eigg: 16.25
- Ferry arrives Mallaig: 17.40
- Train departs Mallaig: 18.50
- Train arrives at Queen Street Station, Glasgow: 00.14
Retreat participants are required to have a basic fitness level. You should be able to walk at a comfortable pace for maximum two hours on a road surface and over slight rough terrain as well as a few upwards hills. The itinerary covers one moderately strenuous hike for two hours over upward moorland terrain, we will take frequent breaks. Please get in touch via the contact page if you would like further clarification on fitness level.
Scottish Weather and What to Pack
Scottish weather is known for it changeable attitude especially in May. On my visit in May of 2016 it had snowed on the island two weeks prior to my visit but soon warmed up to be the hottest place in the country with blue skies and temperatures of 22 C (77 F). While I had packed wet weather gear I cursed myself for not bringing a sun hat. I have put together a rough guide of things you might want to pack and the file will be available to Retreat participants after booking.
Passport Requirements, Currency and Copies
Scotland uses UK Sterling currency. While you can use English bank notes in Scotland, some places in England will not accept Scottish bank notes – yes this is confusing as it is all the same Sterling currency. Please research the best option for you.
If you are traveling Internationally to the UK you are required to have an up-to-date passport with more than six months valid. I suggest making a copy of your travel documents – extra copy of travels details, color photocopy of passport and a copy of travel insurance.
What if I’m Booked up and then Need to Cancel? What if the Retreat Gets Cancelled?
You will find full details of our Cancellation Policy, which outlines cancellations made by both participants and the Retreat Organiser, plus our Refund and Transfer Policies on the Retreat Agreement Form.
What is the Retreat Agreement Form
The Retreat Agreement Form contains all the Retreat terms and conditions and waiver form. You will be required to read and sign this form as part of the booking process.
How Many Women Will be Attending the Retreat?
The Retreat is open to 10 women plus the Retreat Organiser, 11 women in total. The Retreat requires five women to be booked up in order for the Retreat to go ahead.
Internet Access and Electronic Devices
Glebe Barn has wi-fi but you won’t get cell phone reception when your out walking around the island. Make sure to bring a US or European to UK adapter for your device – the power in the UK is 230 v / 50 Hz.
You are required to have travel insurance for this trip. You may also wish to add on luggage insurance. Travel insurance covers you if in the rare event you may need medical assistance among other things depending on your policy.
Medical Assistance on Eigg
The Small Isles Medical Practice is available for temporary residents and visitors. In case of emergencies the emergency services are contacted who will employ the coast guard helicopter if required.
But I Don’t Have a Scottish Bone in My Body
While this retreat connects with the energies of the land in Scotland which I call the Ancestral Mothers and is created through a framework of Celtic and pre-Celtic belief by using the focus of female linage it is open to every woman with any heritage. Without any form of cultural appropriation we share stories in how we connect to our roots and in what ways we bring that inspiration into our lives to shape the forms of activism needed in our communities and the world. This way we can all have different heritage’s but are working to the same goal of tapping into our roots for the strength to feed the work we do in this world.
Is There A Work/Trade Position
We are offering a work/trade position for one woman to run the kitchen. Please get in touch (via the contact page) for more information if you are qualified for this position.
I Want to Go But Can’t Afford It
If you don’t have the funds to join the tour but passionately want to attend check out Crowdfunding! Friends and family and folks that come across your campaign might help support you on this journey. Check out crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe and Indigogo
Where Can I Stay in Glasgow On The Friday Evening of 5th May?
Once registered you will be provided with a list of several accommodation options with varying price ranges for Glasgow accommodation.
What is Included With the Price of Your Retreat
- Nine nights accommodation at Glebe Barn on the Isle of Eigg
- Dinner on arrival day, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and breakfast on our departing day
- Evening participation with local women’s singing group (if schedules allow)
- Deep immersion in the sacred sites and myths of the island
- Time for personal reflection, for writing, reading or solitude – walking on the beach or lying in a field star gazing
- Creative rituals
- All art materials for doll making
- Daily circle gatherings – where we can reflect and share on our experiences through sharing and personal rituals
- Tour of a working croft and visit to a croft museum
- Personal care and attention to any issue or concerns from Jude pre-Retreat and during the Retreat
- An invitation to join a secret Facebook group exclusively for Retreat participants
- A recommended reading list as well as published articles from Jude as well as related websites
- Free access to the Cailleach online course and any other relevant online courses created by Jude
What Is Not Included with the Price of your Retreat
- International or European flights to Glasgow
- Glasgow Accommodation
- Travel Insurance (which is required)
- Travel to the Isle of Eigg (train and ferry journeys)
- Optional taxi ride on Eigg
- All travel expenses including International or European flights to Glasgow, Glasgow accommodation, train journeys, ferry journeys
- Any meals or drinks other than the details listed
- Medical treatment