Archived events

These are the archived events for the Linlithgow Group, from the start of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 72, Winter 2018-19).

October 2018

Wednesday 3 October   B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Grey Mare’s Tail and Loch Skeen. Up past the Grey Mare’s Tail and a circuit of Loch Skeen. Ascent 620m (2030ft). OS 79, NT187145. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: doug crockford/ken bain 01313313707/01313311334

Wednesday 3 October   C walk   8km/5 miles
Parkley Craigs. Local circular from West Port to Parkley Craigs returning via Park Farm Bistro and Canal towpath. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 65/349, NS995770. Dep. WP 10:00

Friday 5 – Monday 8 October
Autumn Weekend Away – Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking

Saturday 6 October   A walk   21km/13 miles
Gulvain via Gleann Fionlighe. Hidden from the roads Gulvian is the highest of the munros in the area and offers some stunning views if the weather is right. The approach will be made on bikes along a good landrover track before the main ascent on well trodden paths. Booking ahead for this trip will be essential as we will have to arrange bike transport. Please contact the walk leader by 1st October. You should also be aware that the cycling part of this event is undertaken at your own risk. Ascent 1228m (4030ft). OS 41, NM960794. Dep. WP 06:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 01506840446/07905706495

Wednesday 10 October   B walk   16km/10 miles
The Glen, near Traquair. A walk along The Glen, good tracks in forest to open hillside, traverse to valley side and return on tracks. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 73, NT320334. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 10 October  B walk   12km/7½ miles
Bishop Hill circular from Holl Reservoir. Circular walk up Bishop Hill, Fife, from Holl Reservoir car park via Harperleas Reservoir. Ascent 273m (900ft). OS 370, NO224035. Dep. WP 09:30 (Note revised grade)

Wednesday 10 October   D walk   5km/3 miles
Almondell Country Park. A pleasant walk by the River Almond. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 13 October   C+ walk   7 – 8km/4.5 – 5 miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroy. Walk from the visitor centre car park round the loch, through the woods & up Cockleroy. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 14 October  Slow A walk   15km/9½ miles
Benvane (Corbett) from Brig o’ Turk. Ascending via Gleann Casaig. Ascent 670m (2200ft). OS 51/365, NN546065. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 17 October   Slow A walk   12km/7½ miles
Ben Lomond. Ben Lomond, 974 metres, is a distinctive mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros. Descent will be via the Ptarmigan Ridge. Ascent 990m (3250ft). OS 56, NS359986. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07710766119

Wednesday 17 October  C+ walk   12km/7½  miles
Kinghorn Kirkcaldy Circular. Starting at Kinghorn, this walk follows the coastal path to Kirkcaldy before heading inland and back to Kinghorn across farmland and passing Kinghorn Loch. Good paths and tracks. Ascent 450m (800ft). OS 367, NT269866. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 07955651145 (Note change of walk length and grade)

Saturday 20 October  B walk   14km/8 miles [WALK CHANGE]
Penicuik House Country Estate Circular Walk. Start Point Penicuik Country Park car park. Autumnal woodland Circuit following track through designed landscape - Penicuik House - South Bank Wood - Ramsay's Monument - Penicuik Church - North Esk Riverside Path - Penicuik House - car park. Ascent 150 metre/ 500ft. OS 66 Grid Ref NT 220599. Depart West Port 08.30. For further information contact Bill Lindsay 07950 707204 or John McCreaddie 07757 211592 (This replaces the Wiss Hill walk shown in TRAIL)

Sunday 21 October  B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Stuc Odhar Loop. A walk in the Glen Finglas area which is part of the Trossachs Forestry. Starting from Lendrick car park we head up Cnoc nan Sidheag. A steep climb takes us Lendrick Hill towards the summit the Stuc Odhar. The path continues past the reservoir and part of Glen Finglas Estate. Leaving the path we follow the waymarked post to the top of Stuc Odhar. A difficult and challenging walk consisting of paths, woodland and fabulous views. Ascent 638m (2098ft). OS 57, NN546065. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 24 October  Slow A walk   14km/8½ miles
Ben Venue. Approach will be from Loch Achray. Ben Venue may be small in stature but it is a mountain of real character, the finest in the Trossachs when seen across Loch Venachar, Loch Achray or Loch Katrine. The ascent is a great walk with both boggy and rocky ground higher up, and stunning views from the summit. Ascent 725m (2380ft). OS 57, NN505068. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07710766119

Wednesday 24 October  B walk   13km/8 miles
Menteith Hills circular from Braeval. Starting from the Braeval car park, the route follows the ridge of the Menteith Hills northeast as far as Craig a’ Bhacain, returning via the Rob Roy Way footpath to the east of the ridge. Some quite steep ascents and descents, and some of the route is off paths. Ascent 385m (1260ft). OS 57/365, NN541006. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 24 October
AGM at Linlithgow Rose Social Club 19:30
Followed by social evening (drinks available from the bar)

Saturday 27 October   B walk   11.25km/7 miles
Ben Gullipen, Callander. A lovely walk from Callander crossing the River Teith and up into the woods then onto open hillside, with good views throughout the route. Ascent 356m (1170ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 28 October   B walk   14km/9 miles
Cupar, Cairngreen Wood and Duraden circular. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 59, NO380136. Dep. WP 08:30 GMT

Wednesday 31 October   B walk   13km/8 miles
Cloich Circular. Starting at Eddleston near Peebles, this circular above Barony Hotel follows good forestry, woodland and grassy tracks (some boggy patches). Lovely views east and south and the chance to see the newly refurbished Great Polish Map of Scotland. Ascent minimal. OS 73. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 31 October  C walk   8km/5 miles WALK CANCELLED
Kinghorn Loch and Rodanbraes. From Kinghorn to Kinghorn Loch and Craigencalt Farm then by tracks and minor roads to Rodanbraes. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 66, NT266865. Dep. WP 10:00 (Walk cancelled at the request of the leader)

November 2018

Saturday 3 November   C+ walk   11km/7 miles
Devilla forest circular. A circular walk visiting the curling pond - Danish camp - Moor Loch - boat house - Peppermill dam - mausoleum and back via Praybrae wood. Mainly on good tracks and paths. Ascent 92m (301ft). OS 65, NS965871. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 4 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
Aberdour Circular. A pleasant walk on tracks, paths and minor roads from Aberdour railway station car park. Ascent 300m (980ft). Ascent 300m (980ft). OS 66, NT191854. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 7 November   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Dunslair Heights circular from Peebles. From car park go NE via Tower Rig onto Dunslair Heights. Return via good forest tracks. Ascent 550m (1800ft). OS 73, NT254406. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood. A. Barclay

Wednesday 7 November   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Tillicoultry Circular. A pleasant walk, taking in Tillicoultry, Fishcross, and Sauchie, then circling round towards Coalsnaughton and down towards the River Devon. May be muddy in places. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 58, NS919966. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 10 November  A walk   16.5km/10.25 miles WALK CANCELLED
Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc. The eastern three Munros of the Lawers range give an excellent circuit of the corrie holding Lochan nan Cat, the finest feature of the range. The recently-promoted Munro of An Stuc involves a steep scramble and this route is much more challenging than the usual trade route to Ben Lawers itself. For anyone coming along, it is imperative that a head torch is carried as darkness may come down on the return to the car, also ice axe and crampons will be required. Ascent 1230m (4040ft). OS 51, NN651378. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07710766119 Walk cancelled by leader due to poor weather forecast for the Lawers area

Saturday 10 November   C walk   8km/5 miles
The Grange and Fishers Brae. Starting from the West Port walk by the back of the loch, up to the Grange then along to Fishers Brae, returning to the West Port by the Bo'ness Road. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS994770. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 11 November  C walk   8km/5 miles
Beecraigs Circular. We take the cars from The Cross to Beecraigs Visitor Centre car park. The walk is a circular of Beecraigs and Wairdlaw woodland. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00 (This walk has been swapped from 3rd February, due to an anticipated parking problem in Blackness)

Wednesday 14 November  B walk   14.5km/9 miles
St Ninians and Loch Fitty. A circular route taking in the former St Ninians opencast mine workings (now landscaped) and part of Loch Fitty, near Dunfermline. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 58/367, NT125903. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893 (Note change of start point to Church Street, Kingseat)

Wednesday 14 November   C+ walk   10.5km/6.5 miles
Union Canal, Muiravonside Country Park Circular. Start from West Port go along Union Canal to aquaduct, around Muiravonside CP and return via River Avon. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 349. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: David & Gillian McLaren 01324714759 07943987127

Wednesday 14 November   D walk   5km/3 miles
Beecraigs Wood. Walk from the visitor centre round the loch and through the woods. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT004746. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 17 November   B walk   15.5km/10 miles
Pentlands: Little Vantage - East Cairn Hill - Bore Stane circular. This walk starts at Little Vantage car park. Mainly on waymarked paths including the Cross Borders Drove Road, but may be boggy in places. Ascent 400m (1300ft). OS 65/344, NT101628. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: S Lloyd 07787367912

Sunday 18 November   B walk   14km/8.5 miles
Carberry, Inveresk circular. Starting from Wallyford P & R so bit of urban, riverside, woodland and short road section walking. Possible short wettish, uneven descent near end. Ascent 170m (544ft). OS 66/351, NT368726. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 21 November   B walk   15km/9.5 miles
Pentlands - the Kips and Scald Law. Start Red Moss car park, up beech avenue, under Hare hill, across to the Kips, Scald Law - option to go up South Black Hill, adds a kilometre and 30 metres of height, on to bealach, descend to the Howe, through Green Cleuch, detour right to skirt Black hill, back around Threipmuir Reservoir. Road then paths, some steep. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 66, NT166639. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 0131 478 1295

Wednesday 21 November   C walk   11km/7 miles
Direct line from Dechmont. Bus 31 from West Port to Dechmont. Walk by Bangour Hospital site, Bangour Fishery, North Mains, footpaths through Beecraigs Country Park, passing or using the café, then down footpaths back to West Port. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 65, NT039708. Dep. WP 9:55 for bus 31 at 10:10. Contact: Al Morrison 01506-670401

Saturday 24 November  B walk   20.5km/12.7 miles
John Muir Trail Section from North Berwick Station-Longniddry Station. From Longniddry Station car park we are aiming to depart on 9.30 train to North Berwick Station Service where walk starts. The John Muir Trail is joined at West Bay, North Berwick heading West along Broad Sands overlooking Fidra Island-Yellow Craigs-Dirleton-Archerfield Hotel-Gullane -Aberlady-Gosford Bay-Longniddry Station.
Please note that John Muir Trail is near or on a half hour bus route from North Berwick – Longniddry Station therefore useful to take entitlement card along just in case. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 66, NT446762. Dep. WP 08:30 (This walk replaces the 4 Lochs walk shown in TRAIL)

Sunday 25 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
River Tay Walk, Perth. Walk on both sides of the Tay north to Woody Island and return. Ascent minimal. OS 58, NO119230. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 28 November  B walk   14.5km/9 miles
River Avon Heritage Trail. A walk along the River Avon from Avonbridge to Linlithgow. Field and woodland paths with some short steep/step sections. Ascent 125m (410ft). OS 65, NS911727. Dep. WP 08:05 for No.38 bus opp. the Black Bitch to Falkirk which leaves Linlithgow Cross at 08:14 (Note slight change to departure time due to bus timetable changes)

Wednesday 28 November  C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Fallin Circular. A pleasant walk round the outskirts of Fallin and Throsk. May be muddy in places. Ascent 30m (100ft). OS 65, NS833913. Dep. WP 10:00 (Note revised start point GR)

December 2018

Saturday 1 December   B+ walk   10km/6 miles
King's Seat, Tarmangie and Whitewisp hills from Dollar. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 58, NS965984. Dep. WP 08:30

Sunday 2 December   A walk   12.5km/8 miles
Geal Charn, Monadhliath from Garva Bridge. This Geal Charn is the westernmost of the Monadhliath and so far from the other three Munros above Newtonmore that it is usually ascended on its own from Garva Bridge. The walk offers a real sense of remoteness on a winters day with herds of red deer seeking the shelter of the glen at the walks start point and the summit cairn is something to behold. Ascent 625m (2050ft). OS 55, NN521948. Dep. WP 06:30. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 / 01506840446  

Sunday 2 December   C walk   8km/5 miles
Avon Valley. Starting from The Cross, around the loch, along Avon Valley back via Union Canal. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00

Wednesday 5 December  Christmas Lunch walk
Contact J Overton (01506 845205) for details and booking. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 8 December   C walk   8km/5 miles
Canal Towpath west. Walk from West Port up Preston Road, along the canal towpath over the aqueduct past Muiravonside then down a country road to Lathallan roundabout for the bus back. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS994770. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 9 December   B+ walk   16km/10 miles
Pykestone Hill, Middle Hill and Drumelzier Law. 3 Donalds from Drumelzier. A mix of tracks and through the heather. Ascent 790m (2600ft). OS 72, NT136340. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: B Beattie (07973 439516)

Wednesday 12 December   B walk   13km/8 miles
Pitmedden Forest North. This is a circular walk straddling the Fife and Perth & Kinross border taking in Lumbennie and Pitcairlie Hills. The walk is through a mixture of forest and open countryside mainly on good paths and tracks. The most challenging part of the walk is the short stretch getting to the top of (and getting down from) Lumbennie Hill. There is no path, so if you are not surefooted then this is probably not the walk for you. Please also note that the return leg is through fields of cows and sheep. Ascent 365m (1200ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145

Wednesday 12 December   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Ramble around Ratho. From the Climbing Centre via Norton House Hotel, towards Ratho Station and to Ratho Byres returning along the canal tow path. Mainly on good paths. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65, NT127709. Dep. WP 09:45

Wednesday 12 December   D walk   5km/3 miles
Blackness. Walk from Blackness to Carriden and back, by the shore. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT051799. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 15 December   B+ walk   13.5km/8.5 miles
King's Seat from Tillicoultry. Circular, returning via Bank Hill and Dollar. Ascent 685m (2250ft). OS 58/366, NS914974. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893