54 members of St Leonards Rambling Club flew to Austria for a

seven day walking holiday of a lifetime. They landed in Innsbruck

and were then transported to Mayrhofen which is in the Zillertal

Valley in the Austrian State of Tyrol.

In the Alps, the weather is always unpredictable but during their

stay the sun shone every day with just a light shower on their last

day. The town of  Mayrhofen sits at 2300 feet but a couple of the

walks that the group did, started at over 6000 feet and above the

snow line. So although the sun shone they still had to

start off wearing something warm.

Their first outing was a riverside walk from the hotel to the village

of Zell am Ziller.

On arrival at the village, they had lunch then boarded the narrow

gauge railway which took them back home.

For the second day's outing they started at Breitlahner Hutte

[3771ft] and walked to the Gruwandhutte at 4920ft with

spectacular views of the snow covered mountain peaks all

around them.

The third day was the highest starting point of the whole week.

The group took cable cars to Sommerberg at a height of

6300 ft and gradually made their way down to

Hintertux. Once again, the

scenery surrounding them was like scenes from picture books.

On the fourth day they took some time off from walking

and had a day trip to the city of Salzburg, famous

as the birthplace and home of Mozart. The city reminded

them of Edinburgh with its castle towering over

the town. On that day, the temperature reached

33 degrees so they were thankful for the funicular which took

them up to the castle.

Their last walk was, once again reached by a coach journey

on a road, the Schlegeis, with hairpin bends which had only

been opened, after the winter, on that day. The walk followed

the banks of a reservoir where they spent some of their time

avoiding waterfalls caused by the rapidly melting snow on the


On returning to East Kilbride, everyone agreed that it had

been an amazing holiday with stunning scenery on all of the


Mayrhofen 2014