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