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Glasgow Gay Ramblers Group

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Glasgow Gay Outings Group originally Glasgow Gay Ramblers Group
by Bill McConnachie

In the early eighties a couple of guys decided to see if anyone was interested in forming a walking group. To this end they placed an ad in “Gay News” with a box number for reply's and they were pleased with the response.

The first outing was I believe to Canon near Falkirk with about a dozen people taking part.

The idea was to find people who had more in common with each other than being gay. The group originally called the Gay Outings Group until it was changed many years later in order that it was not confused with a group of people, mainly in the London area who had decided as part of their political activities had decided to “out” some closeted gay people who were allegedly hampering the gay cause by “acting straight” and being very anti gay.

Originally a contact/organiser emerged from the group. Other than that there is no official membership or any office bearers. It was simply a group of people who met once a month on the second Saturday of every month in Glasgow at the Mitchell Library in Berkley Street at 11am.

As time went on it was found that too much of a burden was being put on the contact/organiser with him having to arrange to “recce” the various walks so it now transpires that we all just simply meet up and decide where we are going to go.

It is a relaxed and leisurely group of people who enjoy country walks.

There is a list of some of the walks which includes a canal cruise on the Forth & Clyde Canal on the Lady Margaret canal restaurant boat. Another notable "ramble” was a leisurely “walk” up Ben A'n in the Trossachs.

I list here some of the rambles that the group has participated in the past.

1984 Whamphrey Glen Moffat
1986 Loch Katrine
Queen's View
Bridge of Allen
1988 Glenfalloch
1989 Auchendean Lodge Weekend (100th Walk Anniversary)
Glen Ogle
Greenock Cut
Falls of Clyde
1990 Eaglesham
Lochwinnoch
Melrose

Contact details

Anyone interested in joining the group for one of the outings should simply turn up at the meeting point outside the Mitchell Library, Berkley Street on the second Saturday of the month at 11am. A packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear should be worn. Cars are normally shared.

Further information can be obtained by email: r-watt@dircon.co.uk

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