Archived events

These are the archived events for the Linlithgow Group, from the start of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 73, Summer 2019).

April 2019

Wednesday 3 April   B+ walk   14.5km/9 miles
East Cairn Hill via The Mount. Circular from Baddingsgill Farm taking in Mount Maw, The Mount and Wether Law returning via Cauldstane Slap. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 72, NT126548. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford 01313313707

Wednesday 3 April   C+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Wemyss Circular. A circular walk taking in West Wemyss, East Wemyss and Coaltown of Wemyss. The route uses the Fife Coastal Path from West Wemyss to East Wemyss and then returns using an inland route via Wemyss Den and a disused railway line. The walking is reasonably easy using a mix of good surfaced paths and tracks and some natural paths which can be a bit muddy at times. Some steps are involved. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 59. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145

Saturday 6 April   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Bealach nam Bo, Loch Katrine. A circular walk beside Achray water and gradually climbing up to Bealach nam Bo, mostly on good paths but some rough paths with a small section going through a boulder field. Ascent 395m (1295ft). OS 57, NN506069. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 7 April   C walk   8km/5 miles
The Haining. Drive from The Cross to Muiravonside Country Park. From Muiravonside walk towards Maddiston to Bethankie Bridge and return along the canal tow path. Muddy fields and minor roads. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. 13:00

Wednesday 10 April   B+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Ben Vrackie. Ben Vrackie is indelibly associated with the town of Pitlochry at its foot, and has for long been an extremely popular ascent for those visiting the town. The summit is a great viewpoint and the ascent follows good paths through woodland, open moorland and past picturesque Loch a’ Choire. The walk may be extended slightly. Use of ice axe and crampons will be advised pending conditions. Ascent 720m (2360ft). OS 43/52, NN944597. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07710766119 

Wednesday 10 April   C walk   10km/6 miles
Circular from Holl Reservoir. This walk on the edge of the Lomond Hills Regional Park takes us round Holl, Harperleas and Ballo Reservoirs on a variety of tracks and paths with a little walking on a quiet country road. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 58, NO224034. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496       

Wednesday 10 April   D walk   5km/3 miles
Almondell. A pleasant walk in Almondell Country Park. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT090696. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 13 April   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Around Binny Craig. Walk from Forkneuk Road, Uphall, to Binny Craig (climb optional) and around Oatridge College then back to the start. Some ascent. OS 65, NT055716. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 14 April   A walk   19km/12 miles
Carn na Caim and A’Bhuidheanach Bheag, Drumochter. Situated on the east side of the Drumochter pass, so we start high, these two Munros offer a fine winter walk. With the hard work done climbing early in the day to the plateau we will go out and back to each of the summits. Ascent 824m (2700ft). OS 51, NN639820. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 / 01506840446 

Wednesday 17 April   B walk   13km/8 miles
Glentress Forest black and blue. A walk to the top of Glentress Forest from the Peebles Hydro. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 73, NT262403. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford/moira stewart 01313313707/01313314793

Wednesday 17 April   C walk   9km/5½ miles
Dunblane Ashfield Kinbuck circular. Ascent minimal. OS 57. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Jane Tingle 07742447160

Saturday 20 April   B walk   12km/7½ miles
Bridge of Allan and Cocksburn Reservoir. A circular walk starting at the Wallace Monument, taking the outskirts of Bridge of Allan, Mine Wood, Cocksburn reservoir and returning via Yellow Craig where there are splendid views across the Forth valley. Walkers from Guyancourt, Linlithgow’s twin town, will be joining this walk. Ascent 355m (1160ft). OS 57, NS813958. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058

Sunday 21 April   B walk   10km/6 miles
Caerketton, Allermuir and Capelaw from Swanston. A short circular walk at the north end of the Pentlands from Swanston village. Walkers from Guyancourt will be joining this walk. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 66/344, NT240673. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 24 April   B walk   16km/10 miles
Ballinluig to Dunkeld. A linear walk from Ballinluig to Dunkeld along quiet country roads, farm tracks and forest roads. High along the Tay valley with excellent views. Remember your bus pass as travel by bus to the start of the walk. Ascent 185m (600ft). OS 52, NN976528. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058

Wednesday 24 April   C walk   8.75km/5½ miles
Local walk from Linlithgow to Bo’ness. A walk from Linlithgow to Bo’ness via the back of the loch, the Grange, Kinneil House and the Roman fortlet. Return to Linlithgow by bus. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65/349, NS995770. Dep. WP 10:00

Friday 26 – Monday 29 April
Spring Weekend Away – Gairloch Hotel
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking

May 2019

Wednesday 1 May   B+ walk   13.5km/8½ miles
Sron a Chlachain, Meall Clachach and Finlarig Castle from Killin. As well as the hills, there are some interesting historical features around Killin. Ascent 580m (1900ft). OS 51, NN574333. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516 

Wednesday 1 May   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Cairneyhill to Dean Plantation. The walk starts in the village of Cairneyhill (West Fife). It takes advantage of the nearby West Fife Cycle Way and a network of connecting farm tracks and rights of way to reach the Dean Plantation. We will also be walking on some quiet country roads. (Please note, when I carried out the recce there was one gate to climb over and one stile. Some paths were overgrown and within the Plantation there were lots of tree roots underfoot.) Ascent 180m (588ft). OS 367/58. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145 

Saturday 4 May   A walk   13.5km/8½ miles
Beinn Narnain & Beinn Ime via the Spearhead route. Beinn Ime has a simple slope when approached from this direction. Beinn Narnian has a much rougher and rockier character. The views – especially of the nearby Cobbler – are excellent. Rocky terrain, steep and eroded path on Beinn Narnain with very mild scrambling. Beinn Ime is a broad dome on this side and the return route has a good path. Ascent 1342m (4400ft). OS 56, NN294049. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07428 500524 

Sunday 5 May   B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Bengengie Hill from Alva. Alva Glen, Bengengie Hill, Colsnaur Hill, Balquharn, Alva Glen. Great hill walk; some steep ascent. Ascent 700m (2300ft). OS 58, NS885975. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 8 May   B walk   17.5km/11 miles
Fife Coastal Path Elie to Crail. Mixture of roads, paths and shore side tracks, starting in Elie with bus back from Crail. Great coastal scenery and passing through East Neuk of Fife fishing villages of St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther. Ascent minimal. OS 59. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490134 

Wednesday 8 May   C walk   8km/5 miles
Callander under Crags. Circular at Callander, under Crags, R. Teith, Roman camp, Auchenlaich long Barrow, Bracklinn Falls. Ascent 90m (300ft). OS 57/366, NN638083. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: elainemoon149@outlook.com 

Wednesday 8 May   D walk   5km/3 miles
Williamscraig. Walk up Preston Road to the canal, west as far as Williamscraig and back by the road past the golf course. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.

Saturday 11 May   Slow A walk   22.5km/14 miles
Beinn Mheadhonach from Glen Tilt. Starting from the Old Bridge of Tilt car park, Beinn Mheadhonach (Corbett, 901m) is a narrow wedge of moorland with a fine approach up Glen Tilt. Good tracks and paths in Glen Tilt, then indistinct paths on the open hill. Return by the same route. Ascent 857m (2810ft). OS 43/386/394, NN874662. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800 

Saturday 11 May   C walk   8km/5 miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroy. Walk round the loch, through the woods and up Cockleroy (optional). Return through the woods. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 12 May   B walk   11.5km/7 miles
Peel and Yair Circular. Terrain – Mainly fields, woodland paths,tracks and road. Ascent 217m (710ft). OS 73, NT438350. Dep. WP 08:30.

Wednesday 15 May   Slow A walk   12.5km/8 miles
Beinn Tulaichean and Cruach Ardrain. Starting from Inverlochlarig we ascend to Beinn Tulaichean and then continue to Cruach Ardrain. We return to the col between the two and descend east to meet a grassy track back to the parking. Ascent 1030m (3380ft). OS 56, NN445185. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: 07769 263872 

Wednesday 15 May   B walk   11km/7 miles
Glen Ogle Trail. Circular from Lochearnhead using part of the disused viaduct of Glenogle to carry the Callander to Oban railway (closed 1965). A few gates and stiles en route. Ascent 185m (610ft). OS 51, NN593238. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 07939 201649 

Wednesday 15 May   C walk   9km/5½ miles
Lochore Meadows Circular. A walk round Lochore Loch and over Harran Hill. Ascent 135m (440ft). OS 58/367, NT170961. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/ 07709620046 

Friday 17 to Monday 20 May A walks weekend
Three nights at Aultguish Inn bunkhouse (approximately 12 miles north of Garve on the road to Ullapool). Weather permitting, the weekend will offer an opportunity to climb a number of Munros and possibly some Corbetts and Grahams. There is likely to be a mixture of Slow A, A and A+ walks. Almost fully booked but at least one male dorm space available at the time of writing. Contact D Pirrie on 07903 584606 for details and booking.

Saturday 18 May   B+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Ben Cleuch. A justifiably popular walk. The route ascends the Law to the top with the descent via Ben Ever and Mill Glen. Ascent 731m (2400ft). OS 57, NS914974. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Derek Jamieson 07732128589 

Sunday 19 May  B walk   9.5km/6 miles
Coldingham and St Abbs coastal walk. Starting at Coldingham Bay car park, down onto the sands then rising up onto the cliff path to St Abbs. Through St Abbs staying high and onto the National Nature Reserve cliff walk to St Abbs head and the lighthouse beyond. Come down to Loch Mire. Walk along the side and rejoin the coastal path returning to Coldingham by the same route with a short detour to St Abbs harbour. Terrain – tarmaced roads and grassy paths alongside cliffs with some short steep inclines. Ascent 80m (267ft). OS 346. Dep. WP 08:30. (Note change of walk length from that shown in TRAIL)

Wednesday 22 May   B+ walk   14.5km/9 miles
Dollar Law circular – near Peebles. Park about 10 miles south of Peebles at NT198286. Path leads south to Megget Reservoir. Ascend towards Cramalt onto Thiefs Road then Dollar Law. Very steep descent back to the cars. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 72/73, NT198286. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 22 May   C walk   8km/5 miles
Aberfoyle Circular. Easy walking on disused railway line, along Forth banks and forest paths. Optional climb to Fairy Tree. Visit to Kirkton Old Church and mortsafes. Ascent 30m (100ft). OS 57/365, NN523008. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: 07714306121 

Saturday 25 May   A+ walk   16.5km/10¼ miles
Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor from Glen Nevis. The proposed route from Glen Nevis avoids the ski developments on this ascent of two of Britain’s highest mountains. This route gives a feeling of wildness which may be lacking if these summits are approached from the gondola on their northern slopes. The route crosses a wide summit plateau with steep flanks; and the descent from Aonach Mor is steep with boggy ground at lower levels. Ascent 1375m (4530ft). OS O/392, NN168691. Dep. WP 06:00.

Sunday 26 May  B+ walk   15km/9½ miles
Duncolm and The Slacks, Old Kilpatrick. The Kilpatrick Hills once formed part of the volcanic ranged which stretched from Dumbarton to Strathblane with Duncolm being the highest. A strenuous walk crossing moorlands swamped in wildlife with various view points and breathtaking scenery. These hills are named after the village of Old Kilpatrick which nestles at the foot. The walk starts from car park and following the track we head up Kilpatrick hills towards Loch Humphrey. A steep grassy path then takes us to the summit of Duncolm. Ascent 490m (1610ft). OS 64/OL38, NS469728. Dep. WP 08:30. (Walk rescheduled from 11 August at the request of the walk leader)

Sunday 26 May   C walk   9km/5½ miles
Circular local walk from West Port. Circular walk from West Port via the Canal, Kettleston Mains quarry, river Avon and Williamscraig. Ascent 170m (550ft). OS 65, NS995771. Dep. WP 10:00.

Tuesday 28 May   C walk   5.5km/3½ miles
Larbert to Torwood. Bus from Torwood to North Broomage. Pleasant walk on paths and tracks through pasture and wood, taking in lovely views down the Forth, visiting the blue pool and Tappoch Broch. Please bring bus passes where applicable. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 65, NS838851. Dep. WP 18:00.

Wednesday 29 May  B walk   14km/8½ miles
Broughton Heights from Stobo: a 'tennis-racquet' walk beginning and ending in Stobo climbing Penvalla and Ladyurd Hill. 14km / 8.5 miles; Ascent 450m (1480 feet) OS72, NT183374. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Richard Proudfoot 01313431761 07776007089 (This walk replaces the Culter Fell walk)

Wednesday 29 May  B walk   15km/9.3 miles
A circular walk round Uphall and Broxburn taking in part of the Union canal. The ascents are very short steep sections. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS 65, NT060724. Dep. WP 09:15
(Note change of Grade, walk length and ascent)

June 2019

Saturday 1 June   B walk   16km/10 miles
Ecclesmachan to Linlithgow. Bus to Ecclesmachan and returning to Linlithgow, via Oatridge, Binny Craig, Beecraigs and Cockleroy. Mainly paths and some minor roads. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 09:00 for 09:10 bus at Black Bitch pub.

Sunday 2 June   A walk   9km/5½ miles
Beinn a’ Chrulaiste (Corbett in Glen Coe). This walk starts at the Kingshouse Hotel (opposite Buchaille Etive Mor). It includes a traverse of Meall Bhalach (Graham) before returning to the original upward track. Ascent 650m (2130ft). OS 40, NN259547. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07939 201649 

Offers of walks for the Winter 2019-20 Programme
to Walks Convenors by Monday 3 June please
Online form available at: https://linlithgowramblers.org.uk/site/offer-of-walk-form/

Wednesday 5 June   C walk   11km/7 miles
Linear walk from North Berwick to Gullane. A linear walk from North Berwick along part of the John Muir way then along the coast to Gullane. Please remember your bus passes as a bus journey is involved. Ascent minimal. OS 66, NT483828. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058 

Wednesday 5 June   B walk   11.5km/7 miles
Dollar – Glen Quey Circular. This is a circular walk round the Ochil hills. Beautiful views from Commonedge Hill. It could be muddy if the weather has been wet. Ascent 465m (1527ft). OS 58/65, NS963989. Dep. WP 10:00.

Saturday 8 June  A/A+ walk   20km/12½ miles
Sgurr Eilde Mor and Binnein Beag. The two most easterly Mamore Munros. A long day with a mixture of good paths and arduous ascents of boulders and scree, but with fantastic views to the rest of the Mamores, the Nevis range and the Glencoe hills. Ascent 1582m (5190ft). OS 41, NN188623. Dep. WP 06:30. Contact: Niccy 01501228722 This walk may be extended to include Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean making it 4 Munros altogether. This would increase the ascent to 1890m (6200ft) making it an A+ walk.

Saturday 8 June   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Pentland Hills. Walk from Red Moss car park by Green Cleugh to Loganlea Reservoir. A low level walk through the hills returning by the same way. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 9 June   B walk   17.5km/11 miles
Traquair to Yarrow and return. A walk from Traquair to Yarrow via the west side of Welshie Hill, returning by the path to the east of Glengaber Hill. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 73/337, NT330345. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800 

Wednesday 12 June  A walk   17.5km/11 miles WALK CANCELLED
Glen Lyon Circuit. A walk up four Munros to the north side of Glen Lyon on a mostly very broad and undulating ridge. Excellent views over the glen to the Lawers range, and over Loch Rannoch. Ascent 1302m (4270ft). OS 51, NN666482. Dep. WP 07:00. (This walk was rescheduled from 5th June due to severe weather conditions, but has now been cancelled at the request of the walk leader)

Wednesday 12 June   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Circular over Seamab Hill. An easy walk in the Ochils, from Castlehill Reservoir by minor road and forestry track onto Commonedge Hill then rough moorland track along ridge to Seamab Hill and short grassy descent through native woodland back to start. Ascent 195m (640ft). OS 58/366, NN997033. Dep. WP 09:15. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/ 07709620046 

Wednesday 12 June  B walk   13km/8 miles
Glenvale, Bishop Hill and Munduff Hill. The walk starts from the Glenvale car park near Gateside heading through Glenvale, up Bishop Hill and onto Munduff Hill. Munduff Hill is the site of the “golf ball” weather radar. There is one steep section coming down from Bishop Hill into Glenvale. Ascent 450m (1500ft). OS 370, NO173069. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145

Wednesday 12 June   D walk   6.5km/4 miles
“Perambulation of the Marches”  – a short walk around the old perimeter of the town. Open to all. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS995770. Meet at the pavement in front of St Ninian’s Craigmailen Church for a 19:00 departure.

Saturday 15 June   A walk   29km/18¼ miles
Lochnagar Munros. This circuit starts from the car park at the Spittal of Glen Muick and will traverse the five Munros on the White Mounth plateau – Cac Carn Beag, Carn a’ Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn. The return will be along the south side of Loch Muick. I expect this walk to take 9 – 11 hours. I am planning to stay locally the night before and aim to start walking at 8.30am. I would ask that those interested in coming along on this walk contact me in advance. Ascent 1228m (4030ft). OS 44, NO309851. Meet Spittal of Glen Muick car park 08:30. Contact: Eric Wilson 07919210819 

Sunday 16 June   B walk   13.5km/8½ miles
Cromlet Hill from Braco. Mainly on good paths. Ascent 300m (980ft). OS 57/368, NN837098. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800 

Monday 17 – Saturday 22 June South Uist week
Lochboisdale Hotel booked for 17. So unless someone drops out the week is full. OS 22/31.
Contact A Barclay (0131 441 7089/07967 077265) for details and bookings

Wednesday 19 June   B+ walk   15km/9½ miles
Pentlands – the Kips and Scald Law. From Red Moss/Threipmuir car park, we go up the beech avenue, along the Red Road to the Kips, over them and Scald Law – with an option to take in South Black Hill. Some steep ascent and descent. Then down to the Howe, through Green Cleuch, with a final detour to skirt Black Hill on a rough path, finishing on path through woods and along track beside Threipmuir reservoir. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 66, NT166639. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 0131 478 1295 

Wednesday 19 June   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Devilla forest walk. A circular walk following the squirrel trail, curling pond, Danish camp, Moor loch, boat house Peppermill dam and an option to do the mausoleum and back Praybrae wood. Mainly on good tracks and paths. Ascent 301ft. OS 65, Dep. WP 10:00. Ascent 90m (301ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 10:00.

Wednesday 19 June  D walk   7km/4½ miles
Blackness to Abercorn Church. Walk from Blackness by Wester Shore Wood to Abercorn Church. Return by top path through the woods. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30. (Rescheduled from 12 June at the request of the walk leader)

Saturday 22 June   A walk   14km/8¾ miles
Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh. Ben Cruachan is one of the finest Munros in the southern Highlands, its pointed peak towering above its rocky satellites giving great views. The ridge walk to the Munro of Stob Daimh makes a great circuit around the Cruachan reservoir. Ascent 1376m (4510ft). OS 50, NN080267. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: John Allen 07710766119 

Sunday 23 June  B walk   13km/8 miles
Fife Coastal Path – train from Inverkeithing to Burntisland, then a lovely walk back to the cars, passing by Aberdour, Dalgety Bay and St David’s Harbour. Beautiful views of the Firth of Forth and the three bridges. Ascent 150m (492ft). OS 367, NT131830. Dep. WP 09:30.

Tuesday 25 June   C walk   7km/4¼ miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroy Hill. A circular walk following the walk highlands route through wooded parkland to a fine viewpoint. Ascent 131m (430ft). OS 65, NT005746. Dep. WP 18:00.

Wednesday 26 June   B walk   16km/10 miles
Leaderfoot Circular. Lovely circular walk from Melrose, a long climb uphill (Goat’s Brae) for good views of the Eildon Hills, then on riverside path beside the Leader Water, passing the spectacular Leaderfoot Viaduct and Trimontium Roman Fort, returning alongside the River Tweed. Minor roads and paths. Varied terrain. Muddy sections after rain. Ascent 258m (846ft). OS 73, NT547342. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490134 

Wednesday 26 June   C+ walk   16km/10 miles
North Tentsmuir Walk. A circular walk in Tentsmuir forest from Tayport on part of the Fife Coastal Path and return by Morton Lochs. Ascent minimal. OS 371, NS898974. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058 

Saturday 29 June  A+ walk   9.5km/6 miles WALK CANCELLED
Aonach Eagach Ridge. Famed as the narrowest ridge on the British mainland, the Aonach Eagach gives a thrilling and spectacular traverse for keen scramblers, linking the Munros of Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Confidence in scrambling and exposure required. Ascent 1100m (3610ft). OS 41, NN174567. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: John Allen 07710766119 (Walk cancelled by leader due to the forecast of high risk of thunderstorms in the area)

Saturday 29 June  B walk   20km/12½ miles
Eyemouth – Berwick upon Tweed Berwickshire Coastal Path. At Eyemouth Harbour the spectacular up & down cliff path overlooking the North Sea heads south to reach the Anglo-Scottish Border at Marshall Meadow Bay then the path continues onward into Northumbria to reach the historic walled town of Berwick upon Tweed to await train. The trip involves a train journey from Linlithgow Station via Edinburgh Waverley to Berwick upon Tweed Station then catch bus to Eyemouth. Ascent 320m (1050ft). OS 67/75, NT943644. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 7.10 for 07.18 train departure (Note change of date and departure time)

Sunday 30 June  B walk   14.5km/9miles
Caputh, Millhole, Spittalfield, River Tay circular. A pleasant walk in the Perthshire countryside north of Murthly. Ascent 180m (550ft). OS 53, NO088401. Dep. WP 09:00 Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496 (This is an extra walk, not listed in TRAIL)

July 2019

Wednesday 3 July   B+ walk   22km/13½ miles
Kelso to Jedburgh. Bus from Jedburgh to Kelso. Walk back via the Borders Abbey Way mainly along the banks of the river Teviot. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 74, NT653204. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Doug Crockford/Moira Stewart 01313313707/07835738618 

Wednesday 3 July   C walk   9km/5½ miles
Circular walk from Markinch, Fife. Easy walking from Markinch through Balbirnie Park, across the Star Moss and over Cuinin Hill back to Markinch. Ascent 110m (360ft). OS 59/370, NO292018. Dep. WP 09:45. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/ 07709620046 

Saturday 6 July   B walk   16km/10 miles
Galashiels Tweed Circular. This walk climbs through woodland onto the hill on the south side of Galashiels and joins the Southern Upland Way before heading downhill to follow the path along the River Tweed towards Boleside. The path then climbs up towards Gala Hill and back down into Galashiels. Good paths and tracks and some grassy slopes. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 73, NT492359. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 0131 334 8953 

Saturday 6 July   C walk   8km/5 miles
Culross and West Kirk. Walk up past old houses and the Abbey then along by the side of a field to the West Kirk, then past the plague graves and return by the railway line. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 7 July   A walk   25.5km/16 miles
The Minchmoor Road. A walk along the old Drove Road and Southern Upland Way from Traquair to the Three Brethren, returning via Broadmeadows and the Minchmoor Road. Ascent 700m (2300ft). OS 73/337, NT332346. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516 

Wednesday 10 July   Slow A walk   11km/7 miles
Ben Vane (Munro). Although this is one of the smallest Munros, it is a steep rocky little mountain with a sustained climb. This is made easier by a good path all the way to the summit. The approach is also on a good track from Inveruglas visitor centre. The return is by the same route. Ascent 930m (3050ft). OS 56, NN322098. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Doreen Pirrie 07903584606 

Wednesday 10 July   B walk   12km/7½ miles
Aberfoyle to Gartmore circular. Circular walk from Aberfoyle into Fairy Knowe Wood, partly alongside R Forth on to Gartmore, returning along the former railway line. Ascent 140m (460ft). OS 365, NN521010. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: D & G McLaren 01324714759 07943987127 

Wednesday 10 July   C+ walk   10.5km/6½ miles
Kinghorn – Kirkcaldy Circular. A nice walk round the countryside and down to Kirkcaldy and back along the Fife Coastal path, which can be undulating in places,. Ascent 240m (788ft). OS 368, NT269866. Dep. WP 10:00.

Wednesday 10 July   D walk   5km/3 miles
Culross. Walk from the car park round Preston Island and back. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.

Saturday 13 July   B walk   14km/8½ miles
Kirkton Glen and Lochan an Eireannach from Balquhidder. Starting in Balquhidder, a walk through the forest to a viewpoint then to a saddle and lochan then descending through forest to start point. Ascent 450m (1480ft). OS 51, NN534208. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058 

Sunday 14 July   A walk   13km/8 miles
Creise and Meall a’ Bhuiridh Munros in Glencoe. Creise and Meall a’ Bhuiridh via Stob a’ Ghlais Choire north-east ridge from Glencoe Mountain Resort Two prominent munros at the north end of the Blackmount. Stob a’ Ghlais Choire, a top at the end of Creise’s summit plateau, will be climbed first and provides an easy scramble before going on to Creise. A narrow ridge connnects Creise to Meall a’ Bhuiridh and a beautifully curving, rocky ridge rises to the summit of the second Munro. Descent will be made down to Coire Pollach above ski centre. Ascent 1020m (3350ft). OS 41/50, NN266525. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07932216744 and 01506 847445 

Wednesday 17 July   A walk   14.5km/9 miles
Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’Chroin. These two Munros on the southern fringe of the Highlands appear as an identical pair in many distant views. Closer up, they are more different. Ben Vorlich is a very popular hillwalk from Loch Earn and a fine viewpoint, whilst the continuation to Stuc a’Chroin is a more serious walk with steep, rocky ground. Ascent 1145m (3760ft). OS 57, NN633232. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: John Allen 07710766119 

Wednesday 17 July  B+ walk   19.5km/12 miles
Cove to St Abb’s. A walk on the Berwickshire coast path. Undulating path. Lovely scenery. Car shuttle required. Ascent 575m (1900ft). OS O/67, NT780717. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood. A.Barclay (Note revised Ascent)

Wednesday 17 July   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Chatelherault Country Park. An easy walk on good footpaths, with some steps, starting from the Country Park car park, off the A72 between Larkhall and Hamilton. Ascent 65m (210ft). OS 64, NS739540. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800 

Sunday 21 July  A walk   25.5km/16 miles WALK CANCELLED
Loch Venachar Circuit. This is a circular walk with two starting points (the two points being Brig O'Turk and Callander) depending on the distance (to be decided), for it could be either 12 or 16 miles. A beautiful but long “stroll” partly along The Great Trossachs Path towards the fresh water Loch taking in views of Ben Ledi the Menteith Hills and the lovely fairy Foxgloves (if in bloom) which grows on the “Bridge of the Wild Boar” saying goes, it grew where Roman soldiers passed. This is a challenging and strenuous route with steep ascent on paths/minor roads. Ascent 315m (1030ft). OS OL46, NN628079. Dep. WP 09:00. (Walk cancelled by the leader due to forecast weather conditions)

Sunday 21 July  B+ walk   13km/8 miles
Grubbit Law and Wideopen Hill, Morebattle. Mostly grassy paths, some rough ground and farm tracks, good views of the Cheviots. Following part of St Cuthbert’s Way, we start off in the village of Morebattle. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 74, NT769248. Dep. WP 08:30. (Walk postponed from Saturday 20th July due to yellow warning of thunderstorms and heavy rain)

Wednesday 24 July   B+ walk   23km/14½ miles
Jedburgh to Hawick. Bus from Hawick to Jedburgh and walk back on the Borders Abbey Way. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 79, NT504153. Dep. WP 08:15. Contact: Doug Crockford/Moira Stewart 01313313707/07835738618 

Wednesday 24 July  B walk   9km/5½ miles
Dumyat circular from Sheriffmuir Road. Start at Black Hill woodland carpark, up good track. Ascent 305m (1000ft). OS 366/57, NS812979. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: D & G McLaren 01324714759 07943987127 (This walk has been rescheduled from 25th September)

Saturday 27 July   A walk   11km/7 miles
Bidean nam Bian, and Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Argyll’s highest peak is accessed via the ‘lost valley’ on the south side of Glen Coe, skirting the infamous ‘three sisters’. The route involves streams, minor scrambling, an excellent ridge walk to Coire Sgreamhach, followed by a tricky descent to the valley. Ascent 1296m (4250ft). OS 57, NN170569. Dep. WP 07:30.

Sunday 28 July   B+ walk   20km/12½ miles
Binn Hill, Balvaird Castle, Glen Farg and Railway Tunnels. A new circular walk starting at Aberargie ascending Binn Hill then across to Balvaird Castle then into Glen Farg. Then through 2 railway tunnels, torches are essential for the tunnels and back to Aberargie. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058 

Tuesday 30 July   C walk   7km/4½ miles
Logie Kirk, Drumbrae Circular. Walking on forest paths to Cocksburn reservoir, returning on a quiet country lane to Hermitage Wood. A varied walk with fine views towards the Trossachs. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 57, NS818966. Dep. WP 18:00.

Wednesday 31 July  C walk   9.5km/6 miles
A circular walk from Croy station. Train to Croy and then walk over Croy Hill. Continue on to Dullatur and then come back through Cumbernauld to return to the station. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 65/349, NS730755. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:20 for the 09:35 train.

Wednesday 31 July  B walk   13.5km/8½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Lauder Common. Circular route from Lauder. Starting from car park beside Primary School. Follows some of the route of the Lauder Common Riding. Fine views. Varied terrain, some rough ground. Wet/muddy sections after rain. Mostly moorland, paths, tracks, drove road and minor roads. One steep descent. Ascent 263m (862ft). OS 73. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490134 (Walk cancelled by leader due to forecast of lightning and heavy rain in the area)

August 2019

Saturday 3 August   A walk   17.5km/11 miles
Carn Mairg 4 Munro Glen Lyon Horseshoe. From Invervar car park, Northside of Glen Lyon walk steeply up to join the wide & undulating ridge at Carn Gorm (1029 metres) – Meall Garbh (968 metres) – Meall a’Bharr (1004 metres) – Carn Mairg (1042 metres) and finally Creag Mhor (981 metres) also known as Meall na Aighean to descend back to Invervar car park with grand views on the right day. Ascent 1302m (4270ft). OS 51/42, NN666482. Dep. WP 08:00.

Saturday 3 August   B walk   16km/10 miles
Loch Ard forest circular. A lovely forest walk starting from Aberfoyle passing by Lochan Spling, Duchrey castle and returning by Milton. Ascent 265m (866ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: L Ramsay 

Sunday 4 August  B walk   19.5km/12 miles WALK CANCELLED
Cairnoch Hill, Earl’s Hill and Hart Hill (Carron Valley). A varied mixture of forestry road and moorland walking near Carron Valley reservoir. Ascent 326m (1070ft). OS 57, NS682858. Dep. WP 08:30. (Walk cancelled due to the leader being unavailable)

Wednesday 7 August  A walk   21.5km/13½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a’Chreachain from Achallader farm. This northerly part of the Beinn Dorain range gives a grand ridgewalk. Beinn a’Chreachain, the highest Munro in the range, has a fine northern corrie, whilst Beinn Achaladair is a very shapely peak with much character. The views – especially over Rannoch Moor – are magnificent. Mixed terrain: some pathless sections, some boggy parts, one very steep ascent and a good deal of fine grassy ridges. Bridge is down on Water of Tulla so in spate conditions an alternative route may be required. Ascent 1206m (3960ft). OS 377, NN313437. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07428 500524 (Walk cancelled due to Met Office yellow warning of thunderstorms in the area)

Wednesday 7 August   B+ walk   13km/8 miles
Steele’s Knowe via the Corb Glen. A hilly walk around the quieter eastern Ochils. Much of the route is off path on grassy hillsides. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 58/366/369, NO016082. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800 

Wednesday 7 August   C walk   10km/6¼ miles
New Old Drove Road passing Wigwams. Start Gogar Bridge (near Kirknewton), pass Leyden wigwams, then by Old Drove Road newly-waymarked by Friends of the Pentlands, to Little Vantage, then over Corston Hill to Corston, and through Selm Wood, back to start. Ascent 196m (640ft). OS 65, NT101652. Dep. WP 10:00.

Wednesday 7 August  D walk   5km/3 miles
Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoirs. A pleasant walk from Red Moss car park by Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoirs. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.(Rescheduled from 14 August at the request of the walk leader)

Saturday 10 August  A walk   29km/18 miles WALK CANCELLED
The Devil’s Point Munro. The Devil’s Point from Linn of Dee Bike/hike to a striking Munro in the Cairngorms National Park. Option to extend walk to include Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine (The Angels Peak), weather and time permitting. The route can be cycled easily to Derry Lodge from Linn of Dee (3 miles/5km) and further on to Luibeg Crossing (7km). Ascent 740m (2450ft). OS 36/43, NO064898. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: 07932216744 (Walk cancelled by leader due to the severe weather conditions forecast)

Saturday 10 August  B+ walk   22km/13½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Kilchatton Bay – Rothesay Pier – West Island Way on Isle of Bute. At Bus Stop at Kilchatton Bay Quay head south along rough coastal path to Hawks Neb, Glencallum Bay with superb views, then head inland to Loch Leighe, St Blanes Chapel, Suidhe Chatain, Stravanan Bay, Loch Ascog, Loch Fad causeway and B878 road down to Rothesay Pier. Trip involves train from Linlithgow Station to Glasgow Queen Street, walk to Glasgow Central for onward connection to Wemyss Bay Pier and ferry to Rothesay Pier where bus goes to Kilchatton Bay. Ascent 260m (850ft). OS 63, NS101550. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 07:30 for 07:45 departure. The walk leaders have reluctantly decided to cancel this walk due to the bad weather forecast which includes thunderstorms in the early afternoon.

Saturday 10 August   C walk   8km/5 miles
Canal Feeder. A pleasant walk from Almondell Country Park by the canal feeder, canal towpath and back by Lookabootye. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 11 August  B walk   22.5km/14 miles
Water of Leith Walkway. Starting at Balerno and going the full length of the Water of Leith Walkway to finish at Victoria Bridge in Leith. It is a fairly easy (apart from the distance), pleasant and surprisingly rural walk. At the end of the walk, we return to Balerno by bus so bring bus passes if applicable. Ascent 305m (1000ft). OS 66, NT163664. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516 (Walk rescheduled from 25th August at the request of the walk leader)

Wednesday 14 August   Slow A walk   8.5km/5¼ miles
Stuchd an Lochain (Munro). Stuchd an Lochain occupies a commanding position above Glen Lyon and Loch an Daimh. The finest feature of this hill is its northern corrie which holds in its depths the dark circular Lochan nan Cat. Although the initial ascent is steep and eroded, once on the ridge, a path leads more easily to the summit. Return is by the same route. Ascent 726m (2380ft). OS 51, NN511463. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Eric Wilson 07919210819 

Wednesday 14 August  B+ walk   9km/5½ miles
The Three Eildons. The Eildon Hills from Melrose. Long flight of steps. Hill paths, steep in places. Can be muddy and slippy. Great views. Ascent 477m (1564ft). OS 73, NT547342. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490134 (This walk has been rescheduled from 21st August)

Wednesday 14 August   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Braco Circular. A walk round Braco Castle and surrounding open countryside. Can be muddy in places. The starting point is at the small car park before the bend over the bridge in Braco. Ascent 200m (658ft). OS 57, NN837098. Dep. WP 10:00.

Saturday 17 August   A walk   13km/8 miles
Helvellyn via Striding Edge. Ascend Striding Edge to Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in England at 950m. This is by far the most exciting way to the summit of this popular mountain. It is a horseshoe walk that circulates Red Tarn and descends via Swirral Edge, an equally exciting hands on route. Potentially an overnight stay could be arranged but travel within a day is possible on fast roads. Ascent 908m (2980ft). OS 90, NY385169. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: John Allen 07710766119 

Sunday 18 August   C+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Comrie – Bogton Braes walk. A circular walk on footpaths and quiet roads around the south side of Comrie, starting from the car park in Field of Refuge. Ascent 90m (300ft). OS 52/57/368, NN773218. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800