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Aberfeldy Circular - Sunday, 14 July 2013
The walk starts and finishes at the Birks of Aberfeldy. Near the start, we pass Rabbie Burns sitting reading his poem about the birks. We climb up the side of the birks and head out over open moorland heading towards Kenmore.

We gradually gain height (very gently!) and get some great views across the moors. Before reaching Kenmore, we cut through farmland and start heading back through forestry land towards Aberfeldy. Scheihallion is constantly on our right hand side for several miles. The only blot on the landscape is the scarring caused by the erection of the Beauly-Denny Power Pylons. We have to pass direcly under these monstrosities unfortunately.

The walk then continues until we come back to the Birks and follow the path back down to the car park. The walk is just over 13 miles in total and is on good paths. The recce was done when we still had snow on the ground - April!! Here are some photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.
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Aberfeldy to Pitlochry (via The Highland Chocolatier) - Sunday, 26 April 2014
The walk starts at the Dewers Whisky World. (and it smells like it). The path starts across the road after the cemetery and runs along the river bank on a good path. There is an abundance of wild flowers to see. The path continues for quite a while until a foot bridge is reached. The path then curves away from the river into woodland till it reaches the old railway line from Ballinluig. Watch out for cyclists. Follow the old railway line heading through an area of Rhododendrons and then under a bridge. The path continues until a house is reached on the left. Continue on the narrower path alongside the fence and head under another bridge. Pass under another bridge until a car park is reached which was once the old railway station. This area is used by the Canoe Associate as a campsite. There is a toilet here which you are supposed to ask permission to use. (no one to ask when we reached here). Supposed to book this in advance.

Turn left here and head down on a minor road until you reach Grandtully village. This is where heaven is. It’s the HIGHLAND CHOCOLATIER. Chocolate heaven shop. You can watch it being made or you can eat it. Lots of it. Drink it too. It’s to die for. Have your break here. You must not pass it or you will die. Across the road there are picnic seats and the river Tay to enjoy. The path continues here across a bridge where you can see slalom canoeing if you’re lucky. Or as Bernadette thought, zip wires!!!!! Oh please.

Cross the narrow bridge and turn right on the far side till a junction is reached. Continue ahead until a telephone box is reached before turning onto a track sign posted ‘Path to Pitlochry’. The golf course is here. The path narrows and turns right and from here a steep climb begins. The Tullypowrie Burn is on the left. The path is wet and muddy in places.

The path continues until a house is reached and the view opens up across Strath Tay. Nice place to take a break. Shortly a wooden bridge is reached across the burn. Here it is important to keep to the far right after the bridge as on the left there were 8 pheasant eggs on the ground. (Important not to disturb the nest). Path continues uphill till a fence is reached. A narrow path leads through gorse and broom. A large stile is reached (and I mean large) and leads to the Fonab Forest sign.

Its downhill all the way from here. (only literally). The path is gradual but a bit muddy in places. The track is now mostly forestry right down to Pitlochry.

The recce was done by Liz Cushley, Kenny Higgins, Bernadette Boulton and Margaret Murray. The weather was fine and it is a lovely walk. The best part of course is the CHOCOLATIER. Not to be missed. All in all with a few breaks the walks took us 6 hours. Very enjoyable.
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Aberlady to North Berwick - Saturday, 6 April 2013
The walk is 8.75 miles long and is graded "C+" - Easy / Moderate.

This is a very scenic coastal walk which starts at the Nature Reserve just outside Aberlady following The John Muir Way, going along the coast before reaching the picturesque village of Gullane and then heading on towards Archerfield House and on to the village of Dirleton. Further along to the beach and Yellowcraigs (ice cream cones optional if the weather is good) and keeping to the beach towards North Berwick.

The morning stop will be at the Gosford Farm Shop and Cafe, which sells some local produce. Further details about the walk can be found here.

Please phone Christine McMahon on 01698-833983 from Monday, 1 April 2013 onwards if you wish to come along on this club walk on Saturday, 6 April 2013.
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Ardvorlich to Arrochar - Saturday, 23 March 2014
The weather was awful on Thursday. The track begins at Ardvorlich House. Walk is level for a short distance before a long climb upwards after passing under the railway. The path is wide and although steep it zig zags, which makes it easier to ascend the hill. The views over to Loch Lomond are breath-taking, (if it’s not pissing down and windy you might see something).

I recommend lots of stops to see the views (in other words when you’re knackered, stop, I did, lots of times). The path was very wet and muddy. I recommend wearing gaiters. We came across a herd of cows on the path who really didn’t want to move out of the way but the day was saved by sending Kenny Higgins in front to play shepherd.

He did enjoy it! Once at the top we start downhill. Firstly on a tarmacadam road leading down to the Sloy Power Station. There is work ongoing at the Sloy Power Station and lots of machinery about. After the power station the paths leads down to a junction where Douglas had a problem with the map. To be fair there was a very confusing sign-post here which resulted in Douglas having a ‘stooshy’ with the Forestry Commission, (he is composing a letter of complaint). Not a happy chappy! Check out the umbrella. It’s a new walking trend, (so says Douglas). From her the path winds through Glen Loin, wet and muddy, and eventually on into the care park at Arrochar. We started at 11am and finished at 15.00hrs. We didn’t stop for lunch because of the weather. The climb is fairly easy (honest), and okay coming down. Trust me I’m a rambler.
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Beinn a'Choin - Saturday, 2 March 2013
This walk starts at Garrison farm two mile along the road west just past the dam rather than the original Corriearklet farm, it's a wee bit shorter and better parking, from Garrison a bit mucky to start where a herd of highland cattle loitering at the gates have it churned it up, we head n/east on the hill straight away a steady climb takes us to Stob an Fhainne 655m, from here we can see Beinn a' Choin 770m across Bealach a'Mheim just over a mile away, by a bit less than three hours? we should be on the cairn of Beinn a Choin, from here a S.S.W bearing into a glen to follow Snaid Burn south and an all terrain track boggy in places back to Garrison should take nintey mins or so down from cairn? the farm gets its name from a garrison which once stood there on that site, there is still a bit of the ruin standing, built in 1718.

Morning stop will be in Aberfoyle the Woolen Mill will be open for refreshments and toilets there is also cafes? for the evening social stop, again Aberfoyle the Forth Inn, right on the carpark will suit our needs.

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.

Please phone Allan Ward on 01236-754339 if you wish to come along on this club walk on Saturday, 2 March 2013.
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Beinn Udlamain & Sgairneach Mhor - Saturday, 7 June 2014
The walk starts at the layby on the A9 near Drumochter Summit. The first part follows a land rover track for 2 to 3 Kms where we then cross a bridge over the river to reach a hill path slightly muddy in places heading SWest up to the east ridge of Sgaireach Mor. We then continue up the ridge to the summit trig point (2hrs 30mins) where good views of the Ben Alder hills are obtained. Lunch at the summit (20mins).

After lunch the route descends gentle slopes with good walking underfoot to the bealach at the head of Coire Dhomhain. From the bealach a track ascends steeply at first to gain the south ridge of Beinn Udlamain. It then continues up to the summit cairn rocky in places (1hr 15mins).

The walk continues NEast to a minor knoll then descends SEast to follow a stream flowing down from the bealach between Beinn Udlamain & A’Mharconaich. We continue down steep slopes grassy at first then pick up a muddy path through heathery slopes near the bottom to reach the land rover track where it crosses the stream (1hr). Tea break (15mins)

We then follow the land rover track back to the start point on the A9 (1hr). Total walk should take approximately 6hrs 30mins. Morning stop and post walk refreshments will be in Pitlochry.

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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Ben Challum - Saturday, 4 May 2013
From Allan Ward : Did a recce on Friday 26/4/13, more than likely will have the social stop in Callander then drop Kenny HIggins group off in Crianlarich to do part of the West Highland Way.

I'll move on a bit 5 mins up the road a lay-by just past the entrance to Kirkton Farm, this is where the walk begins. Cross the busy A82 and along to the farm to by-pass it and onto the hillside, behind there's a good handrail with the sparse woods and fence to our right this bearing of north/east takes us all the way to the summit, a steady climb for an hour or so gives us a bit of respite it levels out at the Creag Loisgte area, there was a scattering of fresh snow now at 600m, we now approached the South Top 997m following an old fence, there's a nice wee ridge to cross between the two tops (nothing dangerous), it had some snow cornice's very spectacular with great views (see linked photos below) .... just over 3hrs should see us on Ben Challum 1025m a bit more if we had stopped for lunch.

I came off to the west into Gleann a' Chlachain and back via Auchtertyre farm and wigwams, that takes a bit longer more distance but easier walking once down on the track, going back the way we came up, 2hrs or so should see us back at the lay-by, kenny's walk ends in Tyndrum so thats a good place to have the hour social stop .....

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3.

Please phone Allan Ward on 01236-754339 from Monday, 29 April 2013 onwards if you wish to come along on this club walk on Saturday, 4 May 2013.
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Blairgowrie to Ballintuim via The Cateran Trail - Saturday, 18 May 2013
The walk begins in the picturesque town of Blairgowrie where we can stop for tea before the walk. The trail begins by following the path beside the river Ericht where there is a sign for Cargill’s Leap. We then climb a flight of wooden stairs. We had to take a diversion here due to a landslide last year. We climb another flight of wooden stairs which takes you to a higher track.

The start is quite steep till a trig point is reach and a wooden seat is conveniently placed her to get your breath back. Thereafter the track goes through lots of farm fields where you can enjoy lovely views of the Mounth Hills till a bridge is reached. The last part of the walk is flat and very boggy. Gaiters recommended here. A wooded area is reached. This is where we have to descend into Bridge of Cally.

The original walk was intended to go on to Ballintuim but when I did the recce there was nowhere for the bus to pick us up. Hence Bridge of Cally. The word 'Cateran', in case anyone is interested, means a rustler (cattle thief).

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5.

Please phone David Dunn on 01236-434706 from Monday, 13 May 2013 onwards if you wish to come along on this club walk on Saturday, 18 May 2013.
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Elie to Crail - Sunday, 11 August 2013
16km, Grade C+

Part of the Fife Coastal path the walk starts in the picturesque village of Elie, then heads out towards the quant coastal fishing villages of St Monans and Pittenweem before heading towards Anstruther, famous for its fish and chips.

After Anstruther the path follows the coast passing various points of interest before reaching the beautiful town of Crail.

Please note the Pittenweem Art Festival is on the weekend of the walk so please bring extra money in case anything catches your eye.

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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Falkirk Wheel Circular - Sunday, 05 October 2014
16km, Grade C+

The walk starts at the Falkirk Wheel and follows the towpath of the Union Canal for about 3 Kilometres then follows various tracks and paths past the site of the Falkirk Battlefield monument and up onto a farm track which runs dead straight for approx 4 kms with good views of the Ochil hills.

It then follows a forestry road down through Drum Wood to a viewpoint near Bonnyhill Farm with good views of the Campsie and Ochil hills and over to Kincardine bridge and the Kelpies can be seen so if you have them take binoculars. We the follow good tracks back down to the Falkirk Wheel where some free time will be given to look around the Wheel and maybe see it in operation.

The walk follows good paths and tracks with a small amount of tarmac walking approx 1 km. Good Walking shoes will suffice and gaiters are not necessary.

The morning and refreshment stop will be in the Wheelhouse Inn 5 mins from The Wheel car park so it will not be a late back home should be around 5.30pm to 6.00pm

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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Glen Banvie and Bruar Circuit - Sunday, 14 April 2013
The walk is 10.25 miles. The walk starts at Old Bridge of Tilt, Blair Atholl. At the beginning of the walk you can visit the ruins of St. Bride's Church before a gentle walk uphill. On the left of the path is a deep gorge with trees, and if you are lucky you can see red squirrels (I did).

The track continues through the woods and a sign directs you to ‘The Whim’. This is a folly built by one of the Dukes of Atholl and is worth the time to visit. It is a stone monument with 3 gothic arches with a separate pair of towers on the front. There is a great view of the estate with Blair Castle visible.

Continue on the path until you leave the woods behind. The view opens out and you should stop here and view the hills opposite. You can also see the track up the 'Munro' Beinn Dearg. Good place for lunch. Continue on through woodland with not much to see (but a nice atmosphere if like me you enjoy forest walks), this takes you to Glen Banvie.

The path continues through pine trees (between the gaps Glen Bruar can be seen). Continue on the path and it leads to a dense section of plantation for a few kilometres (you can get a good view of Schiehallion - also a 'Munro'). The path then opens out and the descent commences. Following on the path you can divert to the right to view The Falls of Bruar. This is a must-see. It is only a short diversion and well worth it. This a good place for a short break as it is sheltered under trees with a seat to enjoy the view. The path continues downhill and eventually reaches another woodland area.

The path leads back to Old Blair and you can see the castle again.

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3.

Please phone Bernadette Boulton on 01236-843022 from Sunday, 7 April 2013 onwards if you wish to come along on this club walk on Sunday, 14 April 2013.
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Glentress Circular - Sunday, 17 March 2013
This is a lovely walk starting and finishing in Peebles. The walk begins along the River Tweed before heading up past Peebles Hydro. The path takes us up Janet's Brae along the edge of the forestry. It is a gentle climb and, after about half an hour, we reach a view point at the site of Iron Age farmstead which was still inhabited at the time of the Roman invasion in 79AD. The path carries on to Buzzard Nest car park and then begins to wind its way down through Glentress forest. This area is full of mountain bike trails and bikes can be seen whizzing between the trees as we head back down towards the river. On the way down, there are several breaks between the trees which give tremendous views down to Peebles and the hills beyond. We come out of the forest at the Glentress Peel visitor centre where we will stop for lunch. There is a licensed cafe which serves hot and cold food and drinks so, if you don't fancy your packed lunch, you can buy something at the cafe.

After lunch, we head down to the river bank passing the ruins of an old castle on the way. The newly surfaced path then winds through Eshiels wood, an old railway tunnel and then back along the banks of the river back into Peebles.

The walk is just under 7 miles long and is on good tracks and paths. The section along the riverbank is less well defined and can be a bit wet and muddy in places. Although there is a bit of a climb at the beginning of the walk, it is not steep and the view that opens up when you get to the top of the brae makes it worthwhile. The walk will take about 4 hours in total which includes half an hour lunch stop. The morning and evening stops will both be in Peebles where there are several pubs and cafes.

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.

Please phone Liz Hunt on 01236-622088 from Sunday, 3 March 2013 onwards if you wish to come along on this club walk on Sunday, 17 March 2013.
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Lake District - Sunday, 27 July 2013
First pick up Airdrie at 8.00am

The easier walk in the Lake District is changed to Seatoller to Keswick, Part Allerdale Ramble and Part Cumbria Way, distance 9 Miles approx.

The walk initially climbs about 500 Feet from Seatoller Car Park before descending to join the Allerdale Ramble long distance footpath. This is followed to pass below Castle Crag, optional climb to summit, which has great views over the Borrowdale valley and Derwentwater.

The path then continues to the village of Grange where 'refreshments' may be available, see pictures, then continuing close to the shore of Derwentwater towards Portinscale passing Brandlehow Bay and Hawse End Outdoor Centre.

An easy walk from Portinscale takes you back to Keswick.

The 'A' walk is Glaramara and Allen Crags, distance 8.5 Miles approx. The walk climbs steadily to the summit of Glaramara, a bit of scrambling near the top which can be by-passed, followed by an undulating route to Allen Crags.

The route then descends following Grains Gill to reach Stockley Bridge and continues to Seathwaite Farm and a road walk back to Seatoller.

Photos can be seen here: 1 | 2 | 3
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Lammer Law Circular - Sunday, 17 February 2013
This walk ("B" grade - over 9 miles) follows the exact description given on the Walkhighlands link. There is a gradual climb along tracks to the high point of Lammer Law. There was snow on the higher ground during the reccie on Sunday, 10 February 2013, so snow grips for boots might be useful - although there are no steep ascents at any stage and normal footwear should be adequate. The current plan is a morning stop in Haddington and an evening stop in Gifford.

Photos from the recce can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.

Please phone Douglas Bryson on 0141-778-4892 if you wish to come along on this club walk on Sunday, 17 February 2013.
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Meall a'Choire Bhuidhe Ridge - Saturday, 18 May 2013
The walk starts at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel. It follows the Cateran Trail a gradual climb on a reasonably good track though boggy in places for approximately 2½ Kms. The route then turns right and follows a fence line which continues all the way to the end of the ridge. There is a faint but reasonable path though boggy in places which follows the fence line. There are two steep climbs of 80 mtrs (15 mins) & 150 mtrs (25 mins no scrambling involved) and one gradual ascent to the highest point at 868 metres.

The route then goes downhill from the Carn Tarmachain to the Glen Lochsie Burn then follows the burn downstream to a land rover track for two Kms. The route then goes downstream for ½ Km to cross a footbridge across the river to join the old railway track down to Dalmunzie Hotel. It continues down the tarmac road to finish at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel.

Photos from the recce on Sunday, 12 May 2013 can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.

Please phone David Dunn on 01236-434706 from Monday, 13 May 2013 onwards if you wish to come along on this club walk on Saturday, 18 May 2013.
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This is a lovely straightforward walk covering approximately 10 miles of The Southern Upland Way from Traquair, just south of Innerleithen, to the hamlet of Yair further down the Tweed Valley - the experience on the recce was in line with the description on the walkhighlands web resouce NB sub-stages 1 - 4 only in the linked page). The walk should take around 5 hours to complete, and the morning and evening social stops will be in Peebles.

The walk is graded "B" - Moderate, note that this is a revised grading from the "B+" - Moderate / Strenuous - that was originally assigned on the club's printed walks programme. Photos from the recce on Sunday, 28 April 2013 can be seen here : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6.

Please phone Linda Muir on 01324-712752 from Sunday, 19 May 2013 onwards if you wish to come along on this club walk on Sunday, 26 May 2013.
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