Walk reports - April onwards 2022

Wednesday 3 August - Commonedge Hill & Glenquey, 8 miles

7 walkers met at Castlehill Reservoir on a none too promising looking day - cool with low cloud. Pete Trant led the group up the road towards the Glenquey dam before heading off through the woods flanking Auchlinsky Hill.  After a slightly soggy coffee break we emerged on to the top of Commonedge Hill.  At first any view was almost completely obscured but, as we continued towards Hillfoot Hill, the clouds began to lift and the Forth valley was revealed.  We skirted Hillfoot Hill and, after a detour to overlook Castle Campbell, we started to descend in to Glenquey. We passed along the W. side of the reservoir before crossing under the dam and picking up our outward track back to the start.

Wednesday 27 July - Doune & River Teith, 7 miles

John Andrews led 15 walkers across the recreation ground in Doune and into the Doune Ponds Nature Reserve.  Skirting the ponds we climbed past the reservoir and into the Currachmore woods.  After a coffee stop in the woods we continued past Carse of Cambus and into the Doune Park estate.  Leaving the estate at Burn of Cambus Lodge we followed the Annet Burn down to the ruined church and cemetery at Old Kilmadock.Walkers at Old Kilmadock churchyard

At the bottom of the slope below the churchyard we reached the bank of the River Teith and stopped for our lunch.

Lunch break by the river TeithWalkers by river Teith

We followed the river back towards Doune, entering the Wood of Doune and then passing below the castle.  We left the Teith and crossed the Ardoch Burn at the Mill of Doune, where we admired the new wooden bridge.

Walkers on Mill of Doune bridgeMill of Doune bridgeMill of Doune bridge

We finished the walk by recrossing the Ardoch Burn and entering Doune to return to the start.

Wednesday 20 July - Glen Bruar & Cuilltemhuc bothy, 10 miles

10 walkwers met at House of Bruar on a warm fine day that was mercifully cooler than the previous 2 days.  Led by Colin Fraser we set off initially through woodland but soon emerging on to open country.  We followed the southern and then the western edge of the woods whilst climbing steadily, with fine views of the mountains to the south, west and north.Walkers admiring viewAfter an hour's steady cimb we stopped for a welcome coffee break beside the trackCoffee stop by the track Eventually we left the side of the woods to continue northwards in to Glen Bruar.  After just over 4 miles we reached our highest point at1685 feet and descended towards the Bruar Water and the bothy, where we had lunch.Lunch at Cuilltemhuc bothy After lunch we turned south to cross the Bruar Water and eventually enter Glen Banvie Wood.  We had views to Farragon hill and Ben Vrackie as we contined through the wood back to the start point and a welcome ice cream.Farragon Hill from Glen Banvie Wood

Wednesday 15 June - Awayday to Aviemore - Coylumbridge & Loch an Eilean, 6.5 or 8 miles

27 members and spouses left Broxden P&R at 8:15 for a coach ride to Aviemore.  23 walkers were dropped off at Coylumbridge while the remainder went on to spend the day in Aviemore.  The walkers set off south into Rothiemurchus Forest, passing through pleasant mixed woodland.Walkers in Rothiemurchus Forest We were treated to some views of the Cairngorms, towards the Lairig Ghru, at breaks in the trees.The Cairngorms & Lairig GhruAfter 40 minutes or so walking we stopped for a coffee break beside the delightful Lochan Deo - a very pleasant spot to spend time.Lochan Deo

Coffee break at Lochan DeoPhoto by John AndrewsCoffee break at Lochan DeoPhoto by John Andrews

We continued the walk westwards towards Loch an Eilean and when the loch came into view we split into 2 parties.  The smaller group passed around the N. side of the loch, while the larger group took the longer path around the southern end of the loch.

Walkers in Rothiemurchus Forest Walkers in Rothiemurchus ForestPhotos by John Andrews

Castle in Loch an Eilean Loch an Eilean Both groups continued their walks past Loch an Eilean heading N. past Monadh Liadh House to Inverdruie and hence to Aviemore. 

We had a couple of hours in Aviemore for shopping, teas, cakes or ice creams according to taste before rejoining the coach just before 4.00pm for the journey back to Perth.  We had a grand day out with excellent weather and everyone enjoyed their day.

Wednesday 8 June - Lochs Shandra & Auchintaple, 9 miles

10 walkers set out from Freuchies car park led by Pete & Anne Trant.  We crossed the dam at Loch Shandra and walked along the lochside path before stopping for a coffee break.  After the break we climbed up towards the ruins of Craighead, with good views back to Loch Shandra.Loch Shandra from Craighead

We emerged on to open moorland beyond Craighead, passed below Cnoc na Cailliche and joined the Cateran Trail to the north of Auchintaple Loch.  Circling to the W. of the loch we had lunch at the boat house before following the lochside across the dam.  Walkers on Auchintaple Loch dam We rejoined the Cateran Trail to return to Loch Shandra and retrace our steps to the car park.  There were intermittent showers but generally the weather was better than the forecast had suggested.

Wednesday 1 June - Loch Ordie, 11 miles

Pat Townsend led 11 walkers out from Cally car park past Hatton and The Glack before stopping for coffee at a very still Mill Dam.Mill Dam

Coffee break at Mill Dam

We continued along the W. side of Mill Dam and skirted to the E. of Deuchary Hill to reach Loch Ordie, where we had lunch.Loch Ordie

Lunch at Loch Ordie

In warm sunshine we followed the Dowally Burn towards Raor Lodge before passing Dowally Loch and Rotmell Loch to return to Mill Dam.  From there we retraced our outward route back to Cally CP.

Saturday 28 May - Kettins to Lundie Crags, 8.5 miles

11 walkers met at Kettins Community Hub and set off towards Hallyburton house, led by John Andrews.Hallyburton House Passing through Easter Leys we entered Hillpark Wood, where we stopped for a coffee break.Coffee break in Hillpark Wood We climbed steadily up Hallyburton Hill and through Lundiecrags Wood to emerge on to open ground by the mast at the eastern end of the Crags. From here there were magificent views south over the Tay and north towards the Perthshire hills and distant Cairngorms.View N. from Lundie Crags We retraced our steps to descend through Drumsuldry Wood to return to Kettins via Newtown of Ballunie.Descending from Lundie Crags

Saturday 21 May - Birnam & Kings Seat, 8 miles

A  walk along the river Tay passing Birnam Oaks before crossing the bridge and returning to continue along the river. We then ascended Kings Seat Hill Fort before heading onto Polney Loch and Cally car park. We returned through Fungarth and Craig Wood to Dunkeld and Birnam.  Led by Tom Reid.View from Kings Seat

Resting on Kings Seat

Photos by Tom Reid

Wednesday 18 May - Stanley to Murthly via Kinclaven, 9 miles

A linear walk from Stanley to Murthly via Campsie Linn, the old railway line and Kinclaven Wood, led by Ian Stokes.Walkers beside River Tay

Bluebells in Kinclaven Wood

Walkers on path

Deer jumping fences

Photos by Tom Reid

Saturday 14 May - Bruar & Glen Banvie, 9.5 miles

12 walkers (and 2 dogs) met at House of Bruar on a pleasant fine morning.  Anne & Pete Trant led the group up beside the Bruar burn, across the lower bridge to a viewpoint for the upper falls before heading away from the valley in to Baluain Wood.Walkers in Bruar woods After a break for coffee we continued through the wood before climbing into Whim Plantation.Walkers in Whim plantation We met the track up from Blair Atholl and turned into the open spaces of Glen Banvie.  After a steady climb up the glen we stopped for lunch with good views back towards Ben Vrackie.Lunch stop in Glen Banvie We rounded the top of Glen Banvie Wood and started back towards Bruar through the wood but with frequent open views towards Schiehallion.  After a brief final stop at the upper falls viewpoint we descended back down beside the Bruar Burn for a welcome cup of tea or ice cream at House of Bruar.Walkers at Bruar viewpoint.

Wednesday 4 May - Polney, Dowally & Rotmell Lochs, 9 miles

Sheelagh Candy led 11 walkers from Cally car park down to Loch Polney and then up through the woods towards Rotmell Farm.Walkers in Atholl Woods

Photo by Tom Reid

We eventually emerged into open ground with great views up the Tay valley and stopped to have a coffee break.View of Tay valley towards Pitlochry

Photo by Tom Reid

We resumed our route north before turning right to climb up to Raor Lodge.  We then followed the path to Dowally Loch and then Rotmell Loch where we stopped for lunch.Walkers beside Dowally Loch

Rotmell Loch After lunch we descended past Mill Dam, where we stopped to look at the changes that the beavers were making, and continued past The Glaick to return to our cars.Walkers near The Glaick

Saturday 30 April - Murthly to Stanley, 10 miles

A group of 11 walkers took the bus to Murthly, some directly from Perth while others parked in Stanley.  Unfortunately we overshot our intended stop in Murthly so the walk began with an unexpected tour of Druid's Park before we gained the planned route.  John Andrews then led us through Baldarroch wood to the banks of the Tay where we had a coffee stop.  We continued through farmland to the ruins of Kirk ' the Muir.Walkers passing Kirk o' the Muir We re-entered woodland to emerge again beside King's Myre where had lunch.Lunch stop at King's Myre The threatened rain began as we finished lunch and we headed south past Knockshinnan to regain the banks of the Tay just upstream of Campsie Linn.  We passed the impressive dolerite dyke and visited a surprisingly extensive sandy beach before reaching Shiel Hill and then rounding the promontory with the ruins of Inchbervis Castle to complete the walk at Stanley Mill.

Wednesday 27 April - Newtyle railway tracks, 8 miles

 12 walkers set out on the old railway track north from Newtyle led by Colin Fraser.  We left the old track to pass through Newbigging and Auchtertyre to climb past Kinpurnie Castle before taking a coffee break at the edge of The Birks woodland.

Walkers below Kinpurnie Castle   We zig-zagged among the fallen trees in Bannantyne Plantation before dropping down to rejoin the railway track.

Walkers in Bannantyne Plantation

Photo by Tom Reid

We then followed the loop of the railway through the cutting known as 'The Gullet'.

Walkers in 'The Gullet'

Photo by Tom Reid

before picking up the Water Backie path to return towards Newtyle on our outward route, enjoying a lovely sunny end to the walk.

Saturday 23 April - Craig Obney & Birnam Wood, 9.5 miles

Walkers on top of Craig Obney

Craig Obney panorama

Lunch by Rohallion Loch

Rohallion Loch Photos by Tom Reid

Wednesday 20 April - Falkland circular, 10.5 miles

Walkers in Maspie Den

Walkers between Craigmead & East Lomond

Lunch break

Photos by Tom Reid

Saturday 16 April - Den of Alyth & Tullyfergus, 7 miles

Eleven walkers, led by Ian Stokes. It was a dry day, though hazy at first, but we did get some decent views of Strathmore later on. It was a varied route. First of all farmland with some interesting specialist livestock breeds, then the Den of Alyth. After a walk up the road we were in semi moorland where we stopped for our lunch at a loch. Afterwards we descended down old drove roads into Strathmore and finished up walking past berry fields. We were lucky enough to see a kite as we entered Alyth.

Report by Ian Stokes

Saturday 9 April - Kingsbarns to St. Andrews, 9.5 miles

A small group of 6 walkers met at St. Andrews bus station and took the bus to Kingsbarns.  Pete & Anne Trant led the group down to the beach where we stopped for coffee before setting off along the Fife Coastal Path.  It was a lovely sunny day but we were battling against a strong head wind.  We rounded Babbet Ness on soft golden sand before striking inland beside the Kenly Water.  At Boarhills we crossed farmland to regain the coast at Buddo Rock, where we stopped for lunch. Buddo Rock

After studying the impressive outcrop we continued along the coastal path, past The Rock & Spindle and Kinkell Braes before descending to East Sands, passing by the harbour and back to the car park along Market Street.

Walkers approaching St. Andrews Photo by Tom Reid

Climbing to Kinkell Braes Photo by Tom Reid