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What some of our guests have said…

Name: Iwan & Paul Jones
Location: Wales
Date: 9 Sep 2012
“Per Mare Per Terram! A great location to mark the end of Bacherlorhood. Many thanks.”

Name: Heather Stewart
Location: Scotland
Date: 3 Sep 2012
“This was the 6th year we have met at Gulabin Lodge for our annual family gathering. Yet again, we had a fantastic time in a beautiful setting. Thanks again….and see you next year!!
The Keiro Clan”

Name: Rachel Brett
Location: London
Date: 23 Aug 2012
“Hi Darren.
We all had a really fantastic week – thank you so much for everything; helping plan the activities, picking us up in the fun bus, and making everything we all did so much fun and so memorable – the children all loved their activities and we all loved the adrenelin rush of the canyoning, it was a great experience for us all and we have returned home to (sunny!)Kentwith great memories. My sisters, bless them, got me a mug made up with a silhouette of a person climbing a rope with the wording “Have you got me, Stewart?” on it – the cheek of it, I am sure I didn’t say that more than once as I was climbing the pole!
Many thanks again for helping organise so many activities in the short time we were at Dalnalgar.
With best wishes, and all the best for the Skiing Season,

Name: Family Lavaud
Location: France
Date: 15 Aug 2012
“Thankyou for your hospitality and the silence. The lodge is a wonderful place to stay-see you soon!”

Name: Lipski Family
Location: Canada
“We only spent one night but it was a great one. Beautiful surroundings and hikes close by.”

Name: The Downie Clan
Location: Dundee
Comments:  “Had another wonderful weekend again lots of fun and games.”

Name: Family Remy Pinkster
Location: France
Thankyou for everything-we had a wonderful stay at your lodge.”

Name: Mark Ward
Location: Cornwall
“Excellent all round! Thank you for a great stay.”

Name: Meg
Location: Dundee
“Thanks so much for an fantastic day. Our Bengali guests thoroughly enjoyed it as did the British volunteers too. Thanks for helping us detach ourselves from work and other boring stuff and have a good laugh together! Would love to visit again. ”

Name: Cameron
Location: Newcastle
“Have just returned from an excellent trip with our group to Gulabin Lodge. We had 35 in total and had an absolute fantastic time. The skiing was great and the food provided at the lodge was just right for all of the guests. We loved the underfloor heating and log fires aswell! Looking forward to next years visit. Thankyou from all of the crew. Cameron and Co.”

Name: George Watsons College
Location: Edinburgh
“Great lodge and a great stay. Thankyou.”

Name: SEPA
Location: Edinburgh
“Thankyou for your kind hospitality. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Great food and weather!! Many thanks.”

Name: Katherine Forsey
Location: York
“Wonderful long weekend! Brilliant friends and new memories created. A great lodge-Thankyou.”

Name: Ricky Martin
Location: ST Pauls High School
“3rd year back says it all. Fantastic time had by all. Staff were brilliant, can’t wait to next year!”

Name: Olivia and Kate
Location: Lathallan School
“Awesome activity week-food and high ropes was the best.”

Name: Moray Ramblers
Location: Morayshire
“Great Accomodation and nice lounge areas.”

Name: Elgin High Chruch Group
Location: Elgin
“Excellent 5 Days Lived up to all expaectations”

Name: Paul Devine
Location: AYR
“Great People, Great Fun, Great Time. Hopefully be back very soon.”

Name: Bart Vercruyssen
Location: Belgium
“Many thanks for the warm hospitality and good kitchen.
Our stay at the lodge was a complete new experience for me. It made me hoping of coming back !
West-Flemish Mounteneering Club”

Name: Joanna Keighley
Location: Darwin, Australia
“I used to come here in the late 60s/early 70s when it was the Dundee Ski Club lodge. I loved it as it is in such a magnificent setting. I am glad it is still going and appears vastly improved. Next time I am in Scotland (hopefully next year) i will come and stay.”

Name: Chris Keo
Location: England
“Dear Darren, Tereza, Nicola,Stewart and father in law + anyone else I may have missed?

Name: Ewan Scott
Location: Glasgow
“Hi Darren,

Just wanted to thank you all again for our terrific summer camp up at Glenshee. The feedback from all of the young people and staff was all extremely positive with everyone having a fantastic time (espacially the gorge walking in which the boys have not stopped speaking about). Can you pass on our special thanks to Stuart and Mark who were absolutely brilliant not to mention professional all week long. We cannot speak highly enough of the service you provided for us and how welcome we were made to feel by yourself and your excellent staff. We will definately be looking to use your outdoor centre again and hopefully with the added bonus of staying within the lodge itself.

Thanks Again

Ewan and all the staff and boys from Mossway Unit. ”

Name: John and Karen Taylor
Location: Lochgilphead
“Hi Darren and Tereza,

Thanks for all your hard work in making our wedding weekend a fabulous experience. Everyone commented on the Lodge and surroundings being a wonderful place and several people have said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to!”

Name: Pete and Ruby
Location: North Wales-Wrexham
“Hi Darren & Tereeza

A huge thank you for making our time in Scotland such a success. ALL the young people loved it and we have had some very positive feedback. As you know, our main aim is primarily to develop the young people spiritually. However, we also care deeply about other areas too. We feel that goals were achieved and that you deserve to feel as encouraged in your area of expertise. Tomorrow I will send out evaluation sheets and when they are returned, I will give you the results. Great that you have pencilled us in for next year, now I just have to get my skates on and do some fund raising!”

Name: ricky and ronnie
Location: st rc high school pollok glasgow
“Just wanted to say what a great time everyone had and really hope to be back. Have sung your praises to everyone down here, the youths are still talking about thier experience which is great .Food was great and we were well looked after, hope to see you guys soon .”

Name: Lance
Location: Abbeywood
“cheers Darren, Tereza and all the other instructors involved in our week, what a brilliant place to stay, activities were amazing couldn’t ask for more and nothing could have prepared me for the brilliant things I was able to be involved in.
thanks again

Name: Ron Morrison
Location: MOD Abbey Wood-Bristol
“Ref MOD Apprentices Team Building Week 24-29 May 2009.
Feedback from the Apprentices stated categorically that the week was great, met and exceeded their expectations, food and facilities were excellent as was the management and organisation.

Name: James Ferrier
Location: Lathallan Prep School-Scotland
“Dear Darren and Tereza, Coll and Bosun,

Thank you all, including Barry and Ann of course, for looking after us so well these last few days. You and your hostel allowed us to hit the right balance between an educational experience and social enjoyment, which is what we were hoping for with a trip for pupils finishing their final year in our Prep School. The children clearly enjoyed it and all the reports coming back have confirmed that. Certainly Fiona, Mike and I had a great time! And so did Bosun and Coll, I think!

I hope the rooms were left in a reasonable state, the children aren’t the best at cleaning up but I felt it was important that that was their responsibility, in their eyes at least.

Thanks to you all again and I hope I may see you before long!


Name: Maureen Cottingham
Location: Sussex
“Dear Darren and Tereza
Thank you for making us so welcome at Gulabin Lodge. We enjoyed our time with the family and Chris’ climbing friends and found the scenery quite stunning – very different from Sussex! All the best for a busy and active summer.

Maureen and Tony Cottingham”

Name: Kirkpatrick
Location: Scotland
“Many thanks for a great first time skiing experience,everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The lodge was very warm and comfortable making a ideal base for our holiday. Hope to be back another time.

Best wishes,


Name: Pete and Ruby
Location: North Wales
“Hi Darren

For our part, we thought our time at Gulabin was a good success. We saw evidence of growth in the areas of confidence and relationship building. The range of activities made it possible to develop different individual skills.

As before, you and Mike were amazingly patient and skilled at encouraging the young people to “take the plunge” without undue pressure. You also maintained a good balance of authority, a sense of humour, and control. We felt the young people were both stretched and always safe. We were very impressed by the Clay Shoot instructor too. It was a hugely marked improvement from last time!

We are struggling to find anything negative to say. It was a pity the shooting was such an expense but we understand that we had ‘top notch’ tuition and equipment!”

Name: David
Location: Strathallan School
“Dear Darren and Tereza

Many thanks to you and all the instructors for your support with the Strathallan Ski Day today. It was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all the pupils (not to mention the staff).

Obviously the weather and snow conditions were with us today but, without the relaxed and confident manner of your team, we would not have had such a positive experience.


Name: Peter Orlvick
Location: Newcastle
“Would just like to say what a great time we had at your lodge this Feb. The facilities were excellent and the children loved the family room with the upstairs bedroom area. The ski package you organised for us worked very well and your ski school instructors were of the highest standard. A big thankyou and hopefully see you again next winter.”

Name: Thomas
Location: St Andrews University
“”Inspiring location and welcoming hosts!”

Name: Peter Fraser
Location: Berwick

Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful week-end; Colin and Ewan certainly looked after us and made us really feel welcome; we will ceretainly put your name forward to others.

The packed lunches were excellent!


Name: Avril Nicholson
Location: Scotland
Would just like to thank your team for providing us with excellent facilities on Thursday and Sunday night. Our stay was extremelly comfortable. Everyone was very friendly, the beds were bliss and the fire was a bonus after a long day walk. Hopefully will be back if I can twist Fiona’s arm into trying canyoning.

Name: Andy
Location: Edinburgh
“Hi Darren

Thanks for a great action packed weekend, all the staff had a fantastic time and the kids too!

I would highly reccommend your facilities to anyone looking for a cosy/fun weekend/week.



Name: Caroline Allen
Location: Strathclyde (British Stammering Association)
“Our recent weekend with you was wonderful. The location of the hostel was perfect and with the roaring log fires it was such a warm, welcoming place to come back to after a day in miserable weather on the mountains. I thought the hostel was well equipped and the whole place had a homely feel to it. One couldn’t fail to relax! Thank you for the activities on Sunday it was great to be able to offer these to the group, and to start my Sunday with archery at the foot of the hills with the birds singing in the air and the sun in the sky felt like a real treat. Returning to the city was difficult after a wonderful escape to the country so I do hope to visit Gulabin Lodge again sometime in the future.

Kind regards,

Name: Brian Buckley
Location: Drumnadrochit
“Hi All, Just a quick note of thanks. I had a great weekend at Gulabin Lodge with the BSA Scotland crew as a guest. The Lodge was a real find and there was everything there that we needed. Very comfortable and clean. Never been to Glen Shee area before but have promised myself a return with my wife in the not too distant future. Thanks to all who made it a superb weekend.”

Name: Heather
Location: Edinburgh
“Thank you so much, again, for providing the accommodation for the Keiro family get-together on 29th-31st August. Your help was greatly appreciated before and during the weekend.”

Name: Rob Hewit
Location: Gordonstoun School
“Dear Darren

We had a great stay the accommodation and facilities were excellent for us. Good luck with the building of the house and I hope you manage to move in to your new home soon.

Name: Doug Campbell
Location: Edinburgh
“We were up for a weekend to take part in the tri annual golf competition up the road at Dalmunzie. The rooms were very well presented and the beds were very comfy. Darren and his wife wife were very welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed staying there. A big thank you!”

Name: Derek Petrie
Location: Edinburgh
“40th birthday Celebration:
Many thanks for all your help in organising our weekend, I very much appreciate it. We all had an excellent time at the lodge and having it to ourselves was a bonus. Thankfully the weather was wonderful and we all enjoyed the lovely food you cooked for the barbeque on Saturday night. It was a real treat for Douglas’ birthday after we’d been hillwalking all day not having to cook and relax in beautiful surroundings. One of the guys said it was the most relaxing weekend he’d had in months! Thanks for organising the archery for the folks that remained behind, I heard lots of good things about it! I appreciate your flexibility in accommodating everyone, it was a very special time for us all. Hopefully we’ll be back again soon!

All the best with the new home, I hope you get it finished before winter arrives!


Name: Lorraine Kennedy
Location: Montrose
“Montorsde Academy School Residential:
Many thanks Darren, I have been with the boys for the last hour and all they can do is talk over the top of each other in an effort to be the one to tell me about their exciting few days. All look totally shattered but say that they had a wonderful time. They were full of compliments concerning yourself, the activities, the accommodation and the food. They are not an easy bunch to please but you seem to have managed to do just that.”

Name: Barry Hanniford
Location: Edinburgh
“‘Spice Scotland have worked with Darren and the team at Cairnwell Mountain Sports in the provision of high quality Adventure and Adrenaline Weekends and exciting, stand alone Day and Half-day Activity Adventure Events. We find them friendly, flexible, accommodating, thoroughly professional and very good value for money.

As Scotland’s Premier Multi-Activity Adventure Group Spice Scotland knows that our reputation, growth and development is dependant upon the top class service offered by our suppliers and the feedback from our members and guests on every aspect of the service of Cairnwell Mountain Sports has been outstanding! “A big thank you for a terrific weekend”, “The food organisation, facilities and activities were excellent”, “I had a fantastic time” “Couldn’t fault anything”are amongst the comments received.

We look forward to a long and mutually successful relationship with the team at Cairnwell Mountain Sports.

Barry J. Haniford
Spice Scotland.”

Name: Clare Symonds
Location: England
“This was the perfect holiday for our family, plenty to do in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The boys loved all the activities (almost as much as the adults!) especially the archery and sledging. Darren was flexible about what we did and when, which helped us planning our time to suit ourselves”.”

Name: Jane
“Hi Darren

We had a great time rock climbing and abseiling and are very grateful to you for taking our booking at such late notice and giving us such a fun afternoon. Mike was fantastic – very encouraging at all the right moments! From our point of view it was a great success.
We would certainly use your company again and will recommend you to others.”

Name: Tudor and Louise Davies
Location: Wales
“We are parents of one of the children from Pontyclun Primary School, and would just like to send many thanks to you at Gulabin Lodge, for looking after our daughter so well during her first time away without the rest of the family. She arrived home absolutely exhausted last night after having experienced a fabulous few days skiing, so well accommodated by yourselves. She has spoken very highly of you there and we just wanted to express our thanks for making her stay such a good one. I just hope they were all reasonably tidy and well mannered!!!”

Name: Martin Shaw
Location: England
“I just wanted to say a big thankyou for looking after us last week and for ensuring that we had a great holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed the skiing and thanks to your staff i was impressed with the progress that Shannon was able to make. It’s not very often you can come back from Scotland in February with a Sun Tan! I admire how hard that you, Tereza and your family work to ensure that the lodge and ski school ticks along so smoothly and how admirably you cope with the odd calamity i.e the broken sink! Keep the dream alive. Thankyou once again.”