Walk reports - to end June 2021

Wednesday 30 June - Broxden to Kirkton Hill, 8 miles

13 walkers met at Broxden Park + Ride for a lovely walk up to Kirkton Hill, led by Cathy Creedican.Walkers at top of Kirkton Hill

Photo by Cathy Creedican

Wednesday 23 June - Pitmedden Forest & Pitcairlie Hill, 8.5 miles

A group of 7 walkers met at Pitmedden Forest East car park near Auchtermuchty.  Pete & Anne Trant led the group through woodland past Newhill and under Broom Hill before passing the Thirl Stone, believed to be the site of a market held by the parishes of Abernethy, Strathmiglo & Auchtermuchty. After a coffee break beside the path we continued through Turflundie Wood to Seven Gates, stopping to enjoy wide views towards East Lomond and the Forth.Walkers in Pitmedden Forest East Lomond & the Forth from Pitmedden Forest After Seven Gates we completed a circuit of Pitcairlie Hill where there were more good views over the Tay, both towards Perth and to Dundee.View along the Tay from Pitcairlie Hill After returning to Seven Gates, where we had lunch, we re-entered the forest, eventually emerging to pass Pitmedden Farm and Easter Colzie.  After crossing the Glassart Burn we had a final stretch of woodland back to the cars.

Wednesday 16 June - Glen Vale, West Lomond & the Bunnet Stane, 6.5 miles

Colin Fraser led a small group of 5 walkers from the Glen Vale car park into the geologically and scenically varied cleft of Glen Vale. Walkers in Glen Vale After a coffee stop just past John Knox's Pulpit we continued on to the open moor before turning towards West Lomond.  Two members of the group tackled the steep direct ascent while the others contoured around the hill to find an easier path.  We had lunch below West Lomond and then descended under Hoglayers to the Bunnet Stane.Walkers at the Bunnet Stane We then dropped down to the minor road for a final walk back to the car park.

Saturday 12 June - Beinn na Gainimh, 10.5 miles

The walk started at Newton Bridge in the Sma Glen with a total of 9 walkers, leader Trevor Abell.  We first had a two-mile easy walk along the Almond Walkers in Upper Glenalmondbefore striking up the hill on a surprisingly good track, though pretty steep. After a coffee stop the group was able to follow a rough track through the heather to Conichan Castle, a dominating hill with fine views over the Almond valley and Ben Chonzie. Walkers ascending Conichan CastleOur route then took us over the flat topped Sron Bealaidh (725m) and on to the final hill of Beinn na Gainmh (730m). Walking was easy as the grassy -peat areas had dried out and the sunshine and light winds made walking conditions perfect. Walkers on Beinn na Gainimh At the summit of Beinn na Gainimh

We descended to the the top of the Henzie Burn for lunch before moving off down the valley to rejoin the excellent Land Rover track to take us back to the lower track along the river. The walk of over 10 miles was completed in 5 hours.

Report by Trevor Abell, photos by Trevor Abell & Pete Trant

Wednesday 9 June - Gauldry to Balmerino, 8 miles

John Andrews led 9 walkers away from Gauldry, initially along a beautiful track bordered with wild flowers planted by local residents.Walkers on flower -bordered path We emerged on to Gallow Hill to enjoy wide views over the Tay to DundeeView over the Tay to Dundee before descending to Peacehill.  We then passed through a mixture of farmland and woods to Kirkton and Balmerino.  After lunch in the abbey grounds we returned to Gauldry via Naughton.

Saturday 29 May - Hill of Alyth & Cateran Trail, 7.5 miles

Walkers on Hill of Alyth Photo by Marjory Watson


Wednesday 26 May - Birnam & King's Seat hill fort, 8 miles

Walkers beside River Tay Walkers at King's Seat overlooking Tay valley Photos by Tom Reid

Wednesday 19 May - Around Coupar Angus, 8.5 miles

Anne & Pete Trant led 15 walkers away from Victory Park in bright sunshine but with threatening clouds and a poor weather forecast.  We exited the park and followed minor roads to West Ardler, where we stopped for coffee.Rapeseed field at West Ardler After coffee we headed through farmland towards the A94 and onward to the River Isla.Passing fruit farm at Stobcross

We joined the bank of the Isla at Balbrogie and followed it back towards Coupar Angus.  Our lunch stop by the river was marred by the plight of a young calf that had got into the river and was unable to scramble back up the bank, to the obvious distress of the mother.  We reported it to the SSPCA who planned to send someone out and later we met a fisherman who offered to get a message to the farmer at Coupar Grange Farm - fingers crossed all round for a happy outcome. Walkers by the River Isla The rain, which was forecast from 11:00am, held off until we returned to the car park at 2:40pm and our drive home met with heavy rain and hail!

Photos Pete Trant & Tom Reid

Saturday 15 May - Birks of Aberfeldy & Rob Roy Way, 13 miles

A dozen walkers braved the idea of a 13/14 mile walk led by Trevor Abell that would take in
the Birks and then follow the path along the Urlar Burn with a return along the Rob Roy
Way. Walkers ascending Birks of Aberfeldy Walkers on bridge in Birks of Aberfeldy

The excellent path adjacent to the burn runs through open moorland, with a shooters’
hut to provide a useful stopping point for coffee. This section of the walk came to an end at
the Amulree-Kenmore road.Walkers on moorland above Kenmore

Walkers on moor above Kenmore

We followed this road down towards Kenmore for about a mile to meet the Rob Roy Way that winds its way above the Tay valley back to the Birks. This section of the walk provided tremendous views of the Ben Lawers range and Schiehallion and we stopped close to the start of this section for lunch. Schiehallion from the Rob Roy Way

Loch Tay & the Lawers range

We reached the cars at 4pm, taking exactly 6 hours.

Report by Trevor Abell, photos by Trevor Abell & Tom Reid

Wednesday 12 May - Ballo and Blacklaw Hills, 8 miles

John Andrews led 9 walkers out from Little Ballo car park on a showery day.  We skirted Ballo and South Ballo hills with views to King's Seat and Gask Hill.Walkers with King's Seat & Gask Hill We descended to Littleton and then on to Redmyre Loch, before crossing the Blacklaw Burn.  After lunch we went to the top of Blacklaw Hill to admire the view, although somewhat restricted by low cloud.Walkers at the top of Blacklaw Hill We retraced our steps down from the top and continued across the moorland and into the woods back to the start.  In spite of the less than ideal weather it was a good outing in a less well-frequented part of the Sidlaws.

Saturday 8 May - Blairgowrie circular, 8 miles

Wednesday 5 May - Birnam to Rumbling Bridge circular, 7 miles

A small group of walkers enjoyed a lovely walk, led by Richard Townsend.  There was an abundance of bird life with dipper, plover, skylarks and curlew among the many species seen or heard.Walkers resting on bench

Report & photo by Marjory Watson

Saturday 1 May - Murthly circular, 9 miles

River Tay at Murthly Walkers on break by River Tay Photos by Tom Reid

Wednesday 28 April - Inchewan and Hermitage circular, 8 miles

Coffee break by lochan Tay valley from Pinecone lookout Photos by Tom Reid

Saturday 24 April - Rattray, Broad Moss & Easter Rattray, 9 miles

It was a chilly but fine morning as John andrews led us uphill out of Rattray, through Hatton and on to Broad Moss.  A small contingent detoured to the trig. point on Broad Moss.Walkers at trig. point on Broad MossPhoto by Marjory Watson

We then descended into the valley below Drimmie Wood, where there was an intriguing and delightful mini-arboretum and tranquil pond surrounded by daffodils.Walkers below Drimmie Wood After a brief section through the wood we dropped down through farmland, with great views of the Sidlaws, to Easter Rattray.  In lovely warm sunshine, we completed the return to Rattray by way of South Littleton and Loon Braes.

Wednesday 21 April - Bertha Loch, Redgorton & Luncarty, 9.5 miles

On a lovely spring day, Tom Reid led us from Inveralmond to Bertha Loch, where had a coffee stop beside the loch.Bertha Loch We skirted the loch and headed towards Luncarty, by way of Pitmurthly and Redgorton.  From Luncarty we headed down to the Tay at the old Hatton - Waulkmill ferry crossing, where we had lunch.Lunch by the River Tay We finished the walk along the riverside past Denmarkfield and Bertha, stopping to admire the colurful murals under the A9 road bridge.Murals under A9 bridge

Saturday 17 April - Ben Earb, 12 miles

A group of 9 walkers met at Enochdhu for what was planned to be the reintroduction of a more regular A walk programme, led by Trevor Abell. The walk commenced along the Cateran Trail On the Cateran Trailand we took our coffee break at the well-named Upper Lunch Hut. Following this we continued along the trail right up to where you can look down to the Spittal of Glenshee. At this point we took a sharp NW turn to walk along the ridge and aim towards our goal of Ben Earb at 800m.  The climb up to the trig point proved to be fairly strenuous with some steep sections but all arrived safely.Walkers at the top of Ben EarbAfter taking in the fantastic views we dropped below the summit for a sheltered lunch break. We returned along the ridge of Creag Bhreac to rejoin the main track close to the hut. Rather than returning back on the Cateran trail, we took the parallel upper track which rejoins the main track a mile or so from Enochdhu. A great day out in perfect conditions and close to 12 miles covered and 2,400 feet of climbing.

Report by Trevor Abell, & photos by Trevor Abell & Tom Reid

Saturday 17 April - Atholl Woods, 7.5 miles

10 walkers met at Cally car park near Dunkeld and set off for Mill Dam, led by Pete & Anne Trant.  We stopped beside Mill Dam for a slightly late coffe break.Mill Dam We then continued past the beaver pools and turned W. to skirt Rotmell Wood before dropping down to emerge above the Tay valley.  We enjoyed a sunny lunch spot with great views up the valley towards Ben Vrackie.Lunch stop with view to Ben Vrackie The walk concluded by descending through the woods and passing Polney Loch on the way back to Cally.

Wednesday 14 April - Town Lade & River Almond, 7 miles

A circular walk of 6 miles from Perth along the Town Lade to Inveralmond and back along the River Almond and River Tay, led by Cathy Creedican.

Saturday 10 April - Balbeggie to Wolfhill, 9 miles

A circular walk through woods and open farmland, led by Tara Harper

Wednesday 7 April - Almondbank to Dalcrue, 6.8 miles

Pete & Anne Trant led 12 walkers across the footbridge from Almondbank, then high above the river towards Pitcairngreen.  After a coffee stop we continued to Cromwellpark, on a path between the old mill lade and the river to the weir at the head of the lade.Walkers at the weir below Dalcrue Bridge We crossed the lade and climbed above the river before descending again to the bridge at Dalcrue.  Having crossed the bridge we entered Methven Wood and wound our way back to Almondbank, with a stop for lunch on the way.

Saturday 3 April - Crook of Devon, 7.5 miles

15 walkers took advantage of a glorious sunny day to set out from Crook of Devon, led by John Andrews.  We passed by Drum and Tullibole Castle before stopping for a suitably distanced coffee break.Tullibole Castle

Coffee break at TulliboleAfter the break we crossed the A977 to Gelvan and Hoodshill before decending to join the River Devon.Heading for the Devon valley

Beside the River DevonWe entered Lendrick Woods to rejoin the river at the Rumbling Bridge gorge.  Having crossed the footbridge before reaching Rumbling Bridge we followed the river back to Crook of Devon.  A truly superb outing!

Wednesday 31 March - Steele's Knowe, 8.5 miles

7 walkers set out from from the Littlerigg FC car park into Corb Glen, led by Trevor Abell.  We left the glen to climb steeply to the top of John's Hill.Walkers climbing John's HillWalkers at the top of John's Hill  We then followed an undulating course, in mixed weather, across Sim's Hill and Green Law to Steele's Knowe.  We followed the line of wind turbines to the trig. point before descending to the Coul Burn and returning through Corb Glen.

Photos by Tom Reid & Pete Trant

Saturday 27 March - Abernethy Glen & Castle Law

The war memorial in Abernethy The war memorial in Abernethy View from Castle Law View down the Tay from summit of Castle Law

Photos by Tom Reid

Monday 22 March - Around Burrelton, 6 miles

Our first walk of the year following the relaxation of lockdown rules was an easy stroll around Burrelton, led by John Andrews.  14 walkers, including 5 new members of the group, followed core paths through farmland towards Strelitz Wood before picking up the line of the dismantled railway towards Coupar Angus.Walkers coffee break near Burrelton  After a coffee break we crossed the A94 before returning to Burrelton via Kinnochtry, enjoying distant view of the Angus hills on the way.

Reports & photos by Pete Trant unless otherwise acknowledged