Gathering FAQs

FAQs

What do I need to bring?

  • Your own mug, plate & bowl We will have voluntary washer uppers during the event, meaning that your crockery will go in with everyone else, to be collected when you leave, so you might want to bring ones that are distinctive!

  • Delicious vegan food will be served up over the weekend by Cafe Roya. Catering will be three meals a day, but if you think you might want extra snacks bring them along. You are also welcome to supplement your vegan meal, but will not have access to the kitchen for prep.

  • Cash Bring cash along to the gathering to pay for your food donation (£20-30), buy beverages from the herbal bar, buy zines and other things folk are selling. The nearest ATM is in Killin, a 20 minute drive away.

  • Accommodation is camping so bring a tent, sleeping bag, roll mat. Remember to bring your ground pegs – it can get mighty windy up there!

  • Torch The camping field is roughly 5 minutes from the venue with very limited lighting. Remember to look up at those stars too though!

  • Towel & Your Swimmers: the beckoning Loch Tay is a 15 minute walk down some fields if you fancy a refreshing dip. There is also one shower in the Big Shed which will be available for use over the weekend, but hot water is limited
  • Waterproof jacket & suncream Remember we are camping in Scotland which will mean…anything! Come prepared. Waterproof jacket and trousers, lots of warm layer of clothes, suncream & midge repellent are useful.

  • Appropriate footwear The site will get boggy/muddy if we get wet weather. Wellies or boots are best.

  • Your project info We want to spread the word about amazing work & projects that are happening in Scotland & further afield. Please bring info to share.

How do I buy tickets?

You can buy your ticket through our webpage here

There will be no ticket sales on the door, you must buy your ticket in advance.

The gathering has sold out – how do I get a ticket?

If tickets are no longer available via Brown Paper Tickets then there is not much we can do as the venue has a strict capacity. People may return their ticket through Brown Paper Tickets, so it is worth checking again. If you turn up to the gathering without a ticket you will not be given one, even if you have come from far away. This isn’t the decision of the volunteer at the welcome desk, the venue has a strict capacity limit that we need to stick to.

I have a ticket but can no longer come – what should I do?

If you can no longer come, please contact Brown Paper Tickets for your refund as soon as possible so that someone else has the chance to come to the gathering.

How do I get to the gathering?

The gathering is being held at The Big Shed Eco-Building, Tombreck, Lawers, Perthshire. PH15 2PB.

Driving: There will be parking space on grass in the camping field. If you have any spaces in your car please offer them to others coming to the gathering to keep car use and parking to a minimum.

If you have a space please advertise it on our lift sharing ridvu page. We want to keep traffic to the gathering to the minimum and really appreciate you sharing your vehicles.

Lift sharing: If you are looking for a lift please advertise this on our lift sharing ridvu page.

Public transport: 

You can’t get right to the door by public transport we highly recommend lift sharing!

The nearest train station in Crianlarich and the nearest place accessible by bus is Killin

We will organise some pick-ups from Killin and/or Crainlarich Train Station but will need to know well in advance if you need this. Please email [email protected] with TRANSPORT in the subject line.

By Train

Nearest Train station: Crianlarich

You can also get the train to Stirling easily from Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere where there are then buses to Killin – Killin is 6 miles from Gathering.

From the North best bet is probably to get the train to Dunkeld and Birnam station where there are bus options.

Buses

From Stirling you can get the bus to Callandar and then from Callandar to Killin.

Bus timetable Stirling to Callandar

Bus timetable Callandar to Killin

From Either Perth or Dunkeld and Birnam station you can get the bus to Aberfeldy and then Killin:

Bus Timetable Birnam hotel to Aberfeldy

Bus timetable Aberfeldy to Killin

Driving Directions

Good directions from Killin and Kenmore are on the Bigshed Website

Parking

Parking is very limited, especially if it is wet so please consider lift sharing to the gathering.

What if I get stuck?

We will not have reliable internet access over the weekend, if you are stuck contact our site phone number 07857 371631 (from Thursday 10th May – Monday 14th May).

Can I bring my dog?

The venue of the Scottish Radical Herbal Gathering is a working farm and therefore no dogs are allowed, other than support dogs.

What happens to all our waste?

There will be landfill and recycling points at the venue. We ask anyone in a vehicle to take one bag of rubbish or recycling home with them as we are a DIY gathering and invite everyone to take responsibility for this.

What’s the deal with food?

The award winning restaurant Cafe Roya are giving their time to cater the gathering for us, along with volunteers. They will be cooking up hearty meals 3 times a day. All meals will be vegan. If you have any further dietary requirements like gluten free or a nut allergy please let us know in advance of the gathering. You will only be catered for if we know about you. Food is not included in your ticket price. We suggest a food donation of £20-30 for the weekend, all food is organic and local where possible.

You are welcome to bring your own food if you prefer, but will not have kitchen access.

There will be tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the gathering.

When can I arrive & stay until?

The gathering begins on Friday 11th May, and everyone is invited to arrive on Friday for the welcome session (times tbc). If you need to arrive on Thursday evening, then it will be possible to come and camp early but there won’t be any meals or entertainment provided until Friday lunchtime. The gathering finishes on Sunday 13th and everyone is asked to leave on Sunday evening.

Accommodation

Accommodation at the gathering is camping with your own equipment. If you would like to come to the gathering but do not have camping equipment please get in touch to see if we can help you. We have limited space for live in vehicles, if you are intending to come in one it is essential you let us know in advance.

Is there internet access?

The gathering will be part in marquees in a field and part in The Big Shed eco-building. There is internet access inside the Big Shed.

Can I volunteer instead of paying?

No. We are a DIY gathering and will be asking everyone to help out with cleaning up after ourselves, signing up to a shift eg. Washing up after a meal, helping to take our rubbish away with us.

Can I Bring My Kids?

Kids of all ages welcome. Under 15s get in free, but you must book a child’s ticket in advance. Kids meals are by donation.

We will not have a creche but will have a DIY kids space & workshop programme. If you want to contribute to the kids space please let us know.

How Accessible Is the Gathering?

See our page on accessibility of the gathering here.

Will There Be A Medical/ first aid space

Herbal Scotland CIC will be providing a fully equipped Herbal First Aid Space. There will be medical care available for the duration of the gathering.

Can I bring my crafts/medicines to sell or swap?

We will have informal spaces at the event for anyone who would like to sell or swap crafts, remedies etc to do so. One of our aims as The Scottish Radical Herbal Network is to link up producers, growers, buyers etc. across Scotland.

What if I have other requirements?

Please contact us via email and let us know, we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs.

During the weekend

What do I do when I get there?

There will be signs showing you where to park and then directing you down to the Welcome tent where folk will be there to greet you.

Will there be entertainment?

Aye! More info coming soon.

Can I help during the weekend?

The gathering is run completely DIY by volunteers with a non-hierarchical ethos. For anyone who is able we will be asking folk to sign up to shifts such as washing up. Please help us with these tasks if you can – if enough people help out the event will be able to run smoothly meaning there will be lots of time for us all to hang out and enjoy ourselves!

Ticks!

It’s good to be aware there are ticks in the area, and that they can transmit Lyme disease which is a serious illness. We just wanted to let you know so that you can take preventive measures. For example, bring long clothing that can be tucked into socks, and check for ticks daily. You may also want to bring tweezers or other tick removal tools along with you.