Walk reports - Jan. to March 2022

Saturday 26 March - Little Glenshee to Craig Gibbon, 8.5 miles

It was another lovely sunny spring morning as we met at Little Glenshee car park.Walkers meeting at Little Glenshee Paula Bowman led us across the footbridge and up on to the moorland, passing the old slate quarries and climbing above the Sack Stone.  After a coffee stop we passed a trackside lochan busy with the sight and sounds of mating frogs and toads.Walkers at trackside lochan

Mating frogs & toads Heading for Craig Gibbon Photo by Tom Reid

We continued past Carn Tuile and on to the trees and obelisk on Craig Gibbon where we stopped for lunch.  Lunch on Craig Gibbon Photo by Tom Reid

Walkers descending from Craig Gibbon We then retraced our steps to a junction where we headed south towards Strath-head and Loch Tullybelton.Walkers descending on moorland path

Beside Loch Tullybelton After a final stop beside the loch we continued downhill back to the start.

Wednesday 23 March - Braco, Ardoch & Blairmore, 9.5 miles

John Andrews led a group of 17 walkers from Braco on to the ramparts of the Roman fort of Ardoch on a lovely sunny spring morning.

Walkers on Ardoch Roman fort We crossed the fort site and circled round past Clatteringford and Gannochan and back towards Braco, past an attractive loch with a boat house.  We had a coffee stop on open ground with distant views to the Rhynd reservoirs and the (somewhat hazy) Ochils.

Coffee break near Gannochan  Back in Braco we entered the grounds of Braco Castle, following the River Knaik before skirting round the castle and into Duns Wood.  We stopped for lunch in a lovely warm spot on the edge of the wood before climbing up on to open moorland with some fine scattered Scots pines.

Walkers on moorland above Braco

On the moorland above Blairmore Photo by Tom Reid

We crossed moorland on good paths before dropping down to Blairmore and Nether Braco to return to the start.

Wednesday 16 March - Amulree and Loch Freuchie, 8.5 miles

17 walkers met at Amulree village hall and Richard Townsend led us through the village, across the old bridge past North Amulree on to the moorland.  We climbed steadily to pass to the north of Craig Hulich.Walkers climbing towards Craig Hulich  Our efforts were rewarded with a coffee break, with good views back down Strath Braan.Walkers having coffee break Walkers above Strath Braan We continued, less steeply, towards Creag nan Gabhar where most of the group detoured to a 608m summit.  There were great views towards Lochan a'Mhulinn and into Glen Lochan. View into Glen Lochan The remainder descended towards Loch Freuchie and we joined up again for lunch at Turrerich.Walkers descending towards Loch Freuchie We completed the circuit along the north side of Loch Freuchie, enjoying the sights and sounds of curlew, lapwing, greylag geese and red kites, on the way back to Amulree.

Saturday 12 March - Meigle to Coupar Angus, 8.4 miles

The group met in Meigle, having arrived by bus either direct from Perth or via Coupar Angus.  Colin Fraser led us past Belmont Castle and Mains of Belmont to pick up the line of the old railway from Newtyle to Coupar.  After a coffee break we continued to Ardler and Stobcross.  We had originally intended to gain the bank of the River Isla for our onward route to Coupar but on the bus journey we had seen extensive flooding of the Isla and so abandoned this idea.  We had lunch by some woodland at StobcrossGroup of walkers at Stobcross and then headed towards West Ardler.Walkers approaching West Ardler   At West Ardler we joined the minor road past Colbeggie back to Coupar Angus and we were rewarded with a magnificent double rainbow over the glasshouses of the berry farm.Rainbow over glasshouses

Wednesday 9 March - North Inch & Lade, 4.8 miles

A small group of 5 walkers met at the Town Bridge for a short walk on the North Inch, through North Muirton and back into town along the Lade.  Pete & Anne Trant led the walk as an appetite raiser to a winter lunch at the Royal George Hotel.  A report and pictures of the lunch can be found on the Latest News page.

Saturday 5 March - Bridge of Earn to Forgandenny, 10 miles

14 walkers met in Bridge of Earn on a glorious sunny spring morning.  Pete & Anne Trant led us past Dunbarney House and down to Pitkeathly Wells.  After a coffee stop in woodland nearby we continued past Drummonie House and up to Glenearn. We passed Westhall and then climbed up to South Dumbuils where we had a good view of the snow clad hills above Crieff.View W from South Dumbuils We then dropped down into Forgandenny and stopped for lunch in the park there.  After lunch we resumed the walk on core paths behind Strathallan School through a mixture of farmland and sun-dappled woodland to the old Dunbarney windmill.Walkers in woodland near Dunbarney We then rejoined our outward path to return past Dunbarney House to Bridge of Earn.

Wednesday 2 March - Blairgowrie - Kitty Swanson's Bridge, 8.5 miles

16 walkers met at Wellmeadow car park, arriving by car or by bus.  Pat Townsend led us across the Ericht to pick up the Mill Lade.  We gained the riverbank at West Mill and followed the Ericht downstream to Kitty Swanson's Bridge.Walkers approaching Kitty Swanson's Bridge We had our lunch break under the bridge, sheltering from a chilly wind, before resuming our walk by crossing the bridge to the opposite bank.Walkers crossing Kitty Swanson's Bridge We then followed the south bank of the Ericht upstream before leaving it to end the walk on the road from Rosemount back into Blairgowrie.

Saturday 26 February - Dalreoch & Gask Ridge, 8 miles

A large group of 24 met on the old A9 at Dalreoch Bridge.  John Andrews led us towards Gask House before swinging west into Charlesfield Wood, where we had a coffee break.  We continued across the Roman Road to Clathy and Westend.  We stopped for lunch in the woods before heading back towards the Roman Road.  After negotiating a tricky stream crossing Walkers crossing a stream we followed the Roman Road from Muir o'Fauld before stopping to see the site of a Roman signal station.Ramblers at Muir o'Fauld Roman signal station We turned south and descended the Gask Ridge towards Hilton of Gask, with the flooded River Earn below us.Descending from Gask Ridge towards River Earn. We ended an excellent and varied walk with a short stretch beside the River Earn to take us back to Dalreoch Bridge.

Saturday 12 February - Scone & Waulkmill circular, 9 miles

A good sized group of 17 walkers met at Scone Old Church for a circular walk led by Sheelagh Candy.  We set off through the town to Scone Wood and Old Scone before crossing the A93 and heading to the racecourse.  After passing through the racecourse we picked up the riverside path upstream to Waulkmill.  At Waulkmill we headed away from the river to Blairhall and, after a lunch break in woodland, emerged back at the A93 at Balboughty.  We crossed the road and headed back to Scone to retrace our steps back to the start.

Wednesday 9 February - Lady Mary's Walk, Baird Monument & Laggan Hill, 6.5 miles

Tom Reid led us out from McCrosty Park in Crieff and along Lady Mary's Walk beside the River Earn.Walkers beside River Earn We left the river bank and climbed through the woods to the Baird Monument where, unfortunately, the potential good views are now obscured by tall trees.  We descended by a more direct path Walkers descending from Baird Monument and continued towards Samson's Stone where we stopped for lunch, enjoying the good views towards the head of Glen Turret.View towards Glen Turret After a brief shower of sleet we continued past the Puddock Pond and over Laggan Hill before dropping back down in to Crieff to end the walk.

Wednesday 2 February - Murthly & Rohallion, 10 miles

We met at Murthly village Hall and Sarah Martin led us across Muir of Thorn and then on to Rohallion Loch for a coffee break by the landing stage.Rohallion Loch After our break we climbed up through the woods above the Tay where recently cleared areas gave up some good views.View from woods above Rohallion We dropped back down to Byres of Murthly and, after a stop for lunch, ended the walk through the Murthly Castle grounds back to the start.

Wednesday 26 January - Cherrybank & Mailer Hill, 5 miles

Led by Carole Pattison.

Walkers at the top of Mailer Hill Photo by Trish Strang

Saturday 22 January - Ceres & Hill of Tarvit, 7.7 miles

Ian Stokes led 19 walkers around Ceres on a fine morning before setting off along the Struthers Path (part of the Fife Pilgrim's Way). Walkers crossing bridge in Ceres At Denhead we left the Way to descend to the Craigrothie Burn, past Wemyss Hall Mains and into the grounds of Hill of Tarvit, where we stopped for coffee.  We followed the path through the policy woods and then took the short but steep climb to the top of the Hill.Walkers at top of Hill of Tarvit  After admiring the panoramic view we descended to leave the estate, cross the A916 and head for Scotstarvit Tower.  We had our lunch at the base of the tower before continuing to Chance Inn and Craigrothie village.  We completed the walk by retracing our steps to Denhead and the Pilgrim's Way path back to Ceres.

Wednesday 19 January - Forth Road Bridge & Dalmeny estate, 9.5 miles

21 walkers met at Ferrytoll P&R on a lovely sunny day for a walk across the Forth Road Bridge, led by Colin Fraser.  On the way across we enjoyed superb views up and down the Forth, of the other 2 bridges and North and South Queensferry.  At the southern end of the bridge we stopped for coffee at the viewpoint and visitor centre before descending in to South Queensferry.  We followed the shore along to Whitehouse Point where we had lunch on the beach. On the beach by the Forth bridges After our lunch we climbed towards Leuchold Wood and returned to South Queensferry by New Hall's Gate to retrace our steps across the bridge.

Saturday 15 January - Kinnoull Hill, 5.7 miles

Pete & Anne Trant led a group of 11 walkers from South Inch in Perth, across the Queen's Bridge and through Riverside Park.  At Bridgend we continued towards Gannochy before heading up a track behind the Murray Royal Hospital.  We continued to Corsiehill where we had a coffee stop at the picnic tables.Walkers at Corsiehill picnic tables We continued up Kinnoull Hill a short distance before turning towards Jubilee car park and, on emerging from the trees, turned right up the hill towards the tower.Walkers at Kinnoull Tower We carried on to the top of the hill and, after making the most of the somewhat misty views in both directions from the summit, dropped down the opposite side of the hill back towards Perth.  We had our lunch by a magnificent avenue of beech treees (whose origin and purpose was not known by any of the group) before finishing the walk past Branklyn Gardens and across the railway bridge.

Wednesday 12 January - Kinrossie to Balbeggie, 8.2 miles

A large group of 20 walkers met at Kinrossie for a linear walk back to Balbeggie, led by John Andrews.  We set off northwards to cross the A94 at Redstone when we turned south to skirt the edge of Dunsinnan Wood.Walkers by Dunsinnan Wood After a coffee stop beside the wood we continued to Wolfhill before turning towards St. Martins.  As we neared the church there we turned again to follow the St. Martin's Burn towards Rosemount before finishing the walk through Pitskelly and in to Balbeggie.

Saturday 7 January - Dron Hill, 7.5 miles

Walkers took the bus to the Fordel road-end near Glenfarg to begin a 7.5 mile walk back to Bridge of Earn led by Tom Reid.  We set off towards the Lochelbank wind farm and picked up the course of the Wallace Road.Walkers at stile on Wallace Road We climbed to the top of Dron Hill, where we had our first view over into the Tay and Earn valleys, although this was rather obscured by the encroaching mist.Walkers at top of Dron Hill We then dropped down to have a coffee break at the ruins of West Dron Hill Farm.  After our coffee stop the mist enveloped us as we continued to climb West Dron Hill.Walkers in the mist Fortunately by the time we reached the viewpoint near the top of the hill, the mist had cleared enough to give wide views over the Earn valley towards the snow-clad hills to the north.View from West Dron Hill We finished the walk by retracing our steps down West Dron Hill and, after a lunch break at its foot, continued through West Dron and returned to Bridge of Earn by way of Summerfield and Kintillo.  We ended the walk in some pleasant winter sunshine.Sunlight on the road in to Bridge of Earn 

Photos & reports by Pete Trant unless otherwise acknowledged