Q1. Can I bring my own car?
A. Under some circumstances and only through prior arrangement with office staff. There is often limited parking at the accommodation for our Conservation Weeks or the access tracks are not suitable for cars so we do ask that you please contact us first. We collect volunteers from Inverness train station at 1pm on the Saturday at the start of the week and you will not need a car during the week. Therefore, if you are able to get public transport to and from Inverness or plan to leave your vehicle in Inverness then this is preferable. Please ensure you've had lunch before meeting as you will most likely go on a walk after the drive to your accommodation.
Q2. What food is provided?
We provide food for the week and a large selection of vegetarian food is available. Meals are cooked on a voluntary rota basis by volunteers and group leaders.
Q3. Can I bring meat with me to eat on the Conservation Week?
A. You are welcome to bring cooked lunch meats with you for packed lunches, discussing appropriate storage with the group leaders. However, we do ask that you don't bring any raw meat with you as all cooking on the Conservation Weeks is vegetarian.
Q4. Will there be WiFi available?
A. There is WiFi available on some of our Conservation Weeks, Athnamulloch has no WiFi. However, WiFi is often intermittent and unreliable, especially at Tomich Holiday Chalets due to the remoteness of the accommodations we use.
Q5. Will there be mobile phone signal?
A. Depending on the location, mobile phone signal is often intermittent and unreliable (please check with your network provider for network coverage).
Q6. Will I have to share a room?
A. The likelihood is that you will probably have to share a room with at least one other volunteer during your Conservation Week. Accommodation is either dormitory-style, with bunk-beds, or chalet rooms, with single or double beds available. We try to ensure that shared rooms are single-sex and double beds are taken by either couples or individuals.
Q7. Can I share a room with my friend/ partner?
A. If you are coming on a Conservation Week with a friend or partner and you would like to share a room with them, please let us know as soon as possible and we will try and accommodate this.
Q8. Do you have weeks available for families?
A. Unfortunately, at the moment we cannot accommodate anyone under the age of 18 on our Conservation Weeks.
Q9. Can I join a week part way through?
A. The first day of the Conservation Week is spent travelling to the accommodation, stopping for an introductory walk and picnic on the way. Once at the accommodation, volunteers have a chance to get settled in and are then are given a talk about the site, Health and Safety, what the week will involve and any rules. Therefore, it is not feasible for volunteers to miss this first day and so if you are not able to join us for this, please try and find an alternative week (see Dates and Booking).
Q10. Do I need to bring waterproofs even though I've booked a Conservation Week in May/ August?
A. The weather in the UK, and Scotland in particular, is very unpredictable. We would strongly recommend that you bring waterproofs, wellies and warm clothing, even if you are booked onto a "summer" week. Alternatively, you may have a beautiful week with no rain and high temperatures, so please just come prepared for any eventuality and check the Essentials list.
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