Once again the Annual Dinner was held at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spay, an ever popular venue thanks to its facilities and the quality of food provided. 79 people attended, including invited guests Rick Salter and Jenny Hatfield from the Relative Hills Society. Interestingly, half the hotel was full with the crew and presenters from BBC AutumnWatch, which explained the difficulty many members had in booking a room at the hotel!
The pre-dinner talk was given by Alan Rowan on his latest project and book, Mountains of the Moon. He gave an insight into the highs and lows of his mission to climb a Munro on each of the 13 full moons of 2018, accompanied by a selection of photos to illustrate each walk. The President's Reception kicked off the formal part of the evening with drinks at the bar, and judging the entries in the photographic competition. A limited version of the Munro Legacy Exhibition was displayed in the bar. Following the welcome from President Anne Butler, canapes and an excellent four-course dinner was enjoyed by everyone. Honorary President Robin Campbell gave a humorous after-dinner speech, focussing on the ethical claims of canine Munro completers and delving deeper into the adventures of Sir Hugh Munro and his questionable navigational skills. The overall winner of the photo competition was Derek Sime for his entry Bynack More from Garbh-choire.
After a much needed extra hours's sleep with the clocks going back, the President's Walk left directly from the hotel into Anagach Woods and along the River Spey, where the assembled gathering resembled a Paramo advert.